I have been to Kalk Bay Harbour loads of times, and I have often seen seals in the harbour. But I have never seen one on the harbour wall before, and definitely not one watching the world go by. This huge guy sat there watching the world for a few minutes, and then he hopped up and with an almighty splash dived over into the sea.
My previous shot was of the drying snoek. There is a fair chance that the snoek was caught off a boat that left from this harbour early in the morning.
Aside from the fishing boats, the harbour wall still has many line fishermen using the harbour wall to fish from. While it looks like this fisherman was taking a break on his phone, you can see his fishing rod pushed into a whole made for the purpose, and there is a line cast in the water.
On Saturday night we had supper in Fish Hoek, the sleepy community just south of where I live. In Cape Town they say that if you travel North you cross the “Boerewors curtain”, literally the Sausage Curtain when you hit the northern suburbs, and the “Lentil Curtain” when you go South.
This is almost impossible to explain without offending somebody, but the best I can do is to say that it is a reference to the traditional meat-eating Afrikaans population in the North, and the tree-hugging vegetarians in the South. Ok, I did warn you it is impossible to explain, but living in Lakeside probably makes me a meat-eating tree hugger.
Anyway, if you drive along Boyes Drive, a short and picturesque mountain road from Lakeside to Kalk Bay, you get some amazing views of False Bay. This shot is (yet another) of Kalk Bay Harbour, literally on the border of the Lentil Curtain. The harbour has some lovely restaurants, and is still home to traditional fishing. You can still buy fresh fish straight off the boats on most mornings.