Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday cloud formation

I know I usually post a video from YouTube on Fridays, but today I want to post a picture I took on  y way back to PE from the Tsitsikamma.  Just outside Port Elizabeth I noticed a very interesting cloud formation and snapped a quick photo.  Not long after a friend posted a picture of the same clouds he took from the Donkin on Facebook.  One of the people who commented on it gave an explanation on what it was.  The clouds are Cirrus Clouds which is the most common form of high-level clouds. Typically found at heights greater than 6,000 meters, cirrus clouds are composed of ice crystals that originate from the freezing of super cooled water droplets.  The reason they were making these lines which made it look like the clouds were "leaking out" is wind sheer most likely caused by an approaching cold front pushing the air forward in front of it.  Interesting, isn't it?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A gargoyle and a knight at the Public Library

Have you ever noticed the knight above the old city emblem on the Public Library in the city centre?  Or the figure below?  Although probably a gargoyle but it does look like some mythical forest creature.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Township take-aways

I was going through some older photos of mine and came across this one I took in New Brighton a while back.  This lady sells roosterkoek and vetkoek from a container near the Red Location Museum (which is currently still closed) and when I worked for Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and got to go to the museum often I always stopped here from either.  About 5 years back she used to sell the roosterkoek for R1.50 plain and R1.80 buttered.  The mini verkoek was only 20c each and the local kids would come with R1 or R2 and walk away with a hand full.  Writing this my mouth is actually watering and I'm wondering if she's still there.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Red Hot Poker on the Wild Side

The Latin name for the Red Hot Poker is Kniphofia and its also sometimes known as a Torch lily or Poker plant.  According to Wikipedia, it is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae, that includes 70 or more species native to Africa.  This specific one I found close to Schoenies.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Explore PE on an Amazing Race

If you're a regular follower of PE Daily Photo you would know that my daughter Miggie was selected to the SA Indoor Cricket Girls Team that is going on an inland tour at the end of September.  Even though it's not an international trip it's still going to cost us a pretty penny sending her on the tour.  Money I honestly don't have.  Which means that we're going to have to do a bit of fund raising and the first project is organising an Amazing Race.  The Amazing Race takes place on 10 June and will take teams of four on a route through Port Elizabeth following clues and completing tasks.  The Amazing Race will be a fantastic way to explore PE a little more and the race will take teams to a number of places I bet they have never been or haven't been to in years.  The cost is only R300 per team which is less than it would cost four people to go ice skating, spend an hour at the trampoline park or even go and watch a 3D movie. The idea is to keep the first team busy for at least three hours with the stragglers coming in probably an hour or so later.  With nice prizes up for grabs to both teams and individuals and the opportunity to spend time having fun with friends it will really be worth entering a team.  

If you would like more information, enter a team or is willing to sponsor a prize, drop me a mail at fireflyafica(at)telkomsa(dot)net or jonkerfourie(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get in contact asap.  This is the end of my shameless self promotion.  Regular posts will resume tomorrow. LOL!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunrise over the Bay


I'm not an early morning person.  Too much of a night owl.  So one of the things I like about winter is the fact that the sun comes up later allowing me to get the occasional sunrise pic.  This is a recycled one but I'm hoping to get a few again soon. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

Experience South Africa in one minute

I spent the week in Durban at the annual Tourism Indaba hosted by South African Tourism and can't but help to feel very positive about the country's tourism industry.  To tell the truth, tourism is the industry that has the potential to create the most jobs in South Africa and can become one of the keys to cutting down on the country's unemployment rate.  But that isn't what this post is about.  As it is Video Friday, I am sharing the latest SA Tourism promotional video.  Experiencing SA in one minute.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flamingos at Swartkops


One of the things I really enjoy about driving past Swartkops to Uitenhage is seeing the flamingos in the estuary and salt pans. Usually I'm in a hurry to get to where I have to be and I really need to stop more often and take some more photos of them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Towers and spires


The historic Public Library along with the even more historic St Mary's Anglican Cathedral in the city centre has a very nice collection of interesting spires and little towers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Schoenies Forward Observation Post view

The view of the coastline from the World War II Forward Observation Post at Schoenmakerskop.  This historic building is now under threat due to a company wanting to mine the sand of the dune on which the FOP is located saying that it "isn't a natural dune".  What a load of hogwash!