Running in the forest

My in-law’s house in Krakow is on the border of the Ojcow national forest. It is a small yet beautiful forest, full of trails, steams and wildlife. So of course I spent as much time as possible exploring the trails in the forest.

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Running along the trail

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One of the many rivers; I found many otter dams on this river, and lots of trees that the otters had cut down (yes the otters quite literally cut down the trees to use as dam-building material)

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A most-covered tree; when you get deep in the forest it gets very earthy and wet. You can smell the earthy smell of the decomposing plants on the forest floor

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I even found an old castle in the middle of the forest

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Running uphill – the forest was suprisingly hilly – they were plenty of good climbs

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Finally, here is the route I ran – about 14k. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend a run through the forest.

Pencil fence

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Many of the houses have these cute pencil fences. Most of them (like this fence) are plain pencils, but occasionally you see pencil-crayons as well. It almost looks like the city was designed as a huge children’s playground.

On the beach

Continuing on the theme of taking photos on a run, here are two photos that I took of St James beach. I have run to this beach over 1000 times; it is generally by turning point on my mid-week runs.

The second photo was taken just a couple of days ago. It is the same beach in low-tide on a wind-free day. Doesn’t it look lovely?
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And the first photo was taken about a week ago in a very windy high tide. Waves were crashing over the boardwalk between Muizenberg and St James beaches, and the beach was covered in water. I took this shot from the end of the subway onto the beach. The subway was flooded and covered and sand and shells.
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It amazes me how the same places are constantly changing, and every time I pass the same places on the same running routes, it looks differet, or I see something new.

Muizenberg street-art

One think I love about running (yes I know I have said this many times) is seeing the world around me. I run back-roads that I don’t usually travel in my car, and I have so much more time to see that world around me.

Today I am going to share you a collection of photos I have built up of some of the walls in Muizenberg. Every photo was taken on a run going through the Muizenberg community. Walls can be so boring, so if you have to have high walls, the community in Muizenberg have found ways to make them more interesting.

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This bird is literally flying out of the spray can. And I love the way the artist was using graffiti to paint graffiti and end up with a beautiful piece of art.

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Here is a somewhat glued-together origami bird.

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And just around the corner of the origami bird is…another origami bird.

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Funky music happening here.

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Praying mantis on a Protea (the Protea is the national flower of South Africa).

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This last wall reminds me of MC Escher’s etchings, and you can see that painter has left his phone number if you want to give him a shout.

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