We went and visited the Birds of Eden bird sanctuary earlier in the week. Now, to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Much to my surprise, it was a really well set up place. The first thing that I noticed is that the birds are not in cages, but fly freely in a MASSIVE aviary of over 200 hectares. So you literally walk into the aviary and walk around it. It is a very well made, high elevation mesh that is higher than the trees and so the bird can fly and roam the place easily. This was a totally different experience. There are also feeder stations throughout the sanctuary that the birds swoop down onto (including the Knysna Loeries) and eat from. As a result of the close contact with people, the birds are very tame and don’t fly off when you approach. It was well worth a visit and I for one was really happy that we did…I would recommend it to anyone who visits the Garden Route.
There are so many things in Knysna that are picture worthy and I hope that in the weeks to come, I will be able to capture some of it. We haven’t yet ventured into the forests and I am REALLY looking forward to doing that. I am very keen to get into the magnificent forests around Knysna, so keep watching this space, I am sure I will get up there sometime soon.
There are a range of images here, they are just a smattering of some of the things we are seeing, so when the light is right, I go out there and shoot. These are some random images.
Ok, I am a bit of an addict for doing photography at the sea. There is something magical about the water going all soft and misty and the last rays of warm sunshine reflecting off the water. I love the shapes of the rocks, I love the movement of the water and above all, I love the unpredictability of a long exposure image. So the other night, myself and a photographer friend spent about 2 hours at Coney Glen in Knysna, capturing some of the light there. It was a great shoot and I was really happy with some of the images I got, but hey, you be the judge of that…
We have had some really interesting times in Knysna so far, but one of the highlights to date has been a dinner that we had earlier this week. We saw an advert in the local newspaper called Action Ads. The advert was for a dinner event with world renowned winemaker Beyers Truter, owner of Beyerskloof Wine Farm in Stellensbosch. The interesting part of this particular dinner was that Beyers was going to be doing the cooking and the talking and it was going to be a Snoek braai, no less. Well, we didn’t hesitate to jump at this opportunity and on top of it all, the braai was to be held at the beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve forest restaurant and we would be transported to the Featherbed Reserve on the beautiful paddle cruiser. We signed up in no time!
The evening was fantastic, we boarded the paddle cruiser and on our cruise across the lagoon to the reserve, we had a beautiful sunset. We arrived at the Featherbed Nature Reserve with 50 other excited guests and soon, we were ushered into the forest restaurant which is nestled under a canopy of indigenous trees and in the middle of the tables were the braais, with glowing coals, all ready for the snoek.
We were then introduced to the man himself, Beyers Truter. He is a very down to earth individual when you consider his local and international accolades, he is known and the Pinotage King around the world. The amazing thing is that he chatted to us as if we were having a braai in his back garden. He is very approachable and very funny. He covered topics from how a bottle of sparkling wine is carbonated to the hot debate of cork vs screw tops. He gave us some great tips on how to properly braai snoek (which we tasted and it was delicious) The venue was fantastic, we sat under the low trees with glimmering lights in them and sipped on our Beyerskloof wines and were thoroughly entertained by Beyers and the team from Featherbed Nature Reserve.
As with all good things, the evening came to an end, but not before a tranquil cruise back to the Cruise Café jetty where we all said our farewells.
For a few hours it was as if we had been transported to another world, and the evening was extremely enjoyable. Thank you to the team at the Featherbed Nature Reserve and to Beyers Truter and his team for putting on a great evening.
Today is the 11th November, a day that most people will know as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. It was the day on which the Armistice was signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany. Since then, it is a day on which the world stops to commemorate the men and women who have fallen in wars around the world. It is a sobering day and a solemn reminder of mans propensity to commit heinous crimes against one another and to go to war to justify some cause.
I was fortunate to go to a traditional all boys school in Johannesburg called King Edward VII school. In the schools history, many of the young men, during wartime, went to fight either during their time at the school or soon after leaving. King Edwards has a long list of names of those men who laid down their lives in these wars. It is such a strong part of the fabric of the school that a whole wing of the school is dedicated to those men who fell in these wars. There is a Garden of Remembrance and each year in November the school remembers their dead, by having a memorial parade. On the wall in the Garden of Remembrance is a plaque that says this haunting reminder to all who walk through those halls at King Edward VII School:
“Sons of this place, let this of you be said: that you who live are worthy of the dead”
We saw the Memorial Parade in Knysna on Sunday morning and a middle aged soldier gave a dedication to those who fought in these battles and gave their lives. He had a similar quote that he had seen on a memorial in France and it was as follows:
” We gave up our today, so you will have your tomorrow”
May we never forget the great sacrifices that these men made in these wars.
We had some visitors today in our little place in Knysna, Tony and Kathy from George. They are long time friends of Francis’ Dad and whenever we are in the area we would try and see them. Last week we went through to George and today, they came through to Knysna to have lunch with us. We had a wonderful time, lots of laughter, fun and fellowship, it was a great time together. We really enjoy being with them…I am sure we will see more of them in the coming weeks and months.
We visited the Knysna heads the other day. There are some great viewing points up there. So we went and had a look at what there was to see. The views from up there are spectacular, you can look out to sea and looking the other direction you look over the lagoon. You get a great view of the Featherbed Nature Reserve (more on that later)
Both views are amazing and if you are ever in Knysna, its worth the drive, these are some of images I captured while we were there.We then went down to the bottom of the heads and had a great lunch at East Head Cafe (see previous post) and that was great. Really good food and really well presented…a great outing all in all!