The Cape of fire

You need three things to create a huge veld fire:

  1. lots of wind
  2. plenty of dry bush
  3. a hot summers day.

This explains why Cape Town has a huge fire problem in the summer months. Many of them are caused by the whims of nature, but believe it or not, many are deliberately started. Often by arsonists, and sometimes even by children wanting the entertainment of the helicopters and firetrucks.

This is not the first time that I have photographed a fire in Cape Town, but the first one this year. This shot was taken at the intersection of the R300 and N2; both major roads in Cape Town. The wall in front of the flames is about 7 feed tall, so I guess the flames are over 15 feet.

(yes this was taken through my car window with my happy-snappy, so sorry about the resolution)


Cds 158 vuvuzelas

Love them or hate them, they have become the unofficial musical instrument of South Africa, and integral to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Personally, I find them noisy and anti-social, but despite myself I love them!

Viva South Africa.

Go Bafana Bafana!

Cds 155 BafanaBafana

A Bafana Bafana fan supporting the team at the fanpark in Belville. Bafana Bafana drew with Mexico 1-1. I went to the fan Park yesterday to watch the festivities before the match, and the match itself. It was crowded and noisy, yet one of the most friendly and exciting environments that I have ever been in. It was like a massive group of friends getting together to party!

Here are a few more pictures.

Cape Town on fire

Cds 051 Capetownfire

I was driving home, when I saw a huge fire in some open land. The fire
trucks were there, and although devastating to the grass, an interesting photo opportunity.

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