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Plettenberg Bay has had a very traumatic time as has so many other places along the coast. These are some of Plett`s darkest hours.
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The aftermath of these fires have left many homeless as many farms and gated communities have lost everything.
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Some farms due mainly to volunteer firemen have managed to keep their houses.
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On a lighter note a few weeks ago we had a double rainbow, but i couldn`t find the pot of Gold.
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The Cape Fur Seal colony on Robberg peninsular are still thriving as though nothing has happened.
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And the Sun still rises……….
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I wish to thank all the fire fighters,emergency crews,paramedics and distributors of aid for their great effort during these dark times.

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This morning I woke at 4 and decided to go down to the lookout point at the end of my road. The trouble with taking the sunrise from my garden now is that there are a lot of obstacles in the way as the sunrise is now over the sea. The lookout area has quite a few interesting bits of equipment around it which I will show later. Every morning this year I have been promising to come down here to photograph the sunrise but have been too lazy so early in the morning. I was a bit late for the crack of dawn as I had a coffee first and took some photo`s from the garden.

The peninsular on the right is Robberg Nature Reserve where I got my photo of the Caracul near the Seal Sanctuary.

There are some interesting walks there and some Bushman caves to be explored.

Thebuilding towards the left is the Beacon Isle Hotel. There used to be a Whaling Sation there before.

At the bottom right of the hotel is the desalination plant which was built last year.

This used to be a storm warning beacon for the Whaling ships and fishing boats which are no longer here.

There is a cellphone mast and large satellite dish here on the right.

On the right of the tank there is the siren that is used by the Sea Rescue Service.

This goes off every Friday at 12 O`clock as a test, it`s like the gun in Cape Town, you can set your clock by it. We have some cell phone masts that are disguised as palm trees which I will put on another blog.

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I found that it is the White Ibis that passes through the Sunset every night. At least they are a lot quieter than the Hadida`s. I`m told they make that screaming noise because they are scared of flying, thats because they are so quiet on the nest or sitting in a tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Sunrise was not so colourful this morning.

 

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And looked unimpresive as it got brighter.

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the sun and birds came out for a while but now it`s raining. As the sun shining through the clouds we still have no rainbow, typical, must be the political climate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Going Fishing for a change, maybe a wetsuit is better than a rod. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don`t know how the seal found such a big fish in this bay, maybe because it`s their environment.

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The sunrise this morning was very subdued as there were no clouds again. However the sunset did make up for it. One frame actually captured a few birds making their wayย  across the sky to their nightly perches. As the sun set behind theย  water tower on the hill, the sky progressed to a beautiful red and was aided by the cloud formation.
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Another amazing thing is that seals catch bigger fish with their mouths than I do with a rod.
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This was taken from a boat in the sea near the Robberg Peninsular where there is a Fir Seal Sanctuary.

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