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Plettenberg Bay is not what I would call a bustling seaside resort and the beaches are not very interesting. But, we do have plenty of sand and sun though. We have a Whale watching company here on the Main Beach.

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I was lucky getting free trips on this boat and be able to take such photos close up. I have taken several hundred of these and it was exhilarating to be so close when the Whales breached. Most of the year you can see the Dolphins and Cape Fur Seals in a colony near Robberg.

Sunset at  Robberg

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This was also taken from the boat when approaching Robberg Peninsular.

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We have had a few fires around that area lately.

Both these Bats were photographed in the garden with flash.

We bow out to part one and a Sunrise over the Bay………………..

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A bit of a surprise in the veg garden today, I pulled a few Turnips up for some soup and this one weighed 520 grams. the rest were about half the size. My Leeks are also OK for soup b the beetroots are very disappointing only 4 of them have germinated.

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I spend quite a bit of time on my computers and it is fascinating to see how some wifi outlets perform. I downloaded Vistumbler for free off the net and found it very good when driving round my area. In the early days there were a lot more open sights but now most people realize that this is expensive and not very good for security.

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This one drops out every now and then as the power goes down.

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This not have the power but at least it`s reliable.

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Most of the sunrises this last few weeks have been very tame with very little color in them. Maybe it`s because of the rain clouds hanging over them. When it `s clear the only time you get a bit of color is as the sun comes up over the mountain, but without the cloud it`s just very bright with a slight corona of yellow.

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Well it is a sad farewell from the Whales as they leave the bay. That is my last free ride on the Whale Watching boats as my Daughter and Son in Law have sold the business. Over the years I have more photos than I can put on a blog so I can`t complain.:-)

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Even the shop is not decorated as well as it was, even the Dolphin skeleton has gone.

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There are many people now who consider blogs as jokes and the only thing in their life seems to be Facebook, twitter and all their variations. Although I have seen quite a few younger people writing blogs, the only problem has been commenting on their blogs because they want them sent to Facebook. When Facebook first started I started a page but don`t use it anymore as it takes too much of my time and dongle megabytes. Twitter and the other social sites seem to me that they are for people that use smart phones to text as they seem restricted by volume. I know that some blogs, mine included, seem to rehash the same subjects over and over. I do it just for fun and have quite a restricted area in which to photograph.

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it doesn`t take long for the sunrise to change as these were only minutes apart.

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There are quite a few people t5hat email and ask to see things that they are unable to see as they are land bound. This is the reason for the sea life.

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Orca teaching the calf to breach in the bay. These are not seen very often so close to the beach, maybe once a year.

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This year the boats have had to go further out to sea to get shots of the different Whales.

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i still like this one as it reminds me of the one below:—

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I have never tried to feel the whales nose but the pig had a very soft nose which I found remarkable as they can dig quite hard ground with that nose.

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Even though the whales are not in the bay now we still have a lot of dolphins.

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I think I will start of as usual with today`s sunrise and then progress to other subjects. This was taken with an old Alcatel because I was curious as to how the colour would come out.

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In between the rain we went to the lookout which is one of the highest points in town. You can see most of the Plettenberg coastline from here. Where the Hotel is now there used to be a whaling station and the spot where the (a) is one the right hand side was made into a desalinization plant a few  years ago. The input pipe is on the beach on the far right, it only provides a very small part of our water needs as most comes from the river.

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The Robberg peninsular is now a nature reserve and at it`s base near the left hand side the is a very large colony of Cape Fur Seals. I have also photographed a Caracul near the dip in the center but only the once, they are usually very shy.

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This beach looks much better in the sunset.

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Or with a Whale Breaching.

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Not such and exciting day, but would be interested to know how your went. Leo

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Today has started off with a brilliant sunrise and the sun is now very warm. Having got through the usual coffee, cigarette and breakfast it`s time to plan the day. My Wife`s idea is that you should plan the day before it starts but I like a bit of relax time first.

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Sitting here today I started to think of a trip I made to Maidstone in the UK a few years ago. This cannon stands in the high Street and used to be very close to `Shawn the Sheep`. This sheep was made of hanging baskets on a wire frame and was maintained by a local flower nursery and was very colorful. It was not there last year and neither was the snow 🙂

Below is an animation that I took with a time lapse setting on the camera. They have another boat called the `Dolphin` which is used for small groups to study Dolphins.

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The Whale is breaching, it jumps out of the water and lands on it`s back which is hard to see in this clip.

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Fully loaded and pushed into the sea by a tractor.

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The launching is sometimes  a little rough depending on rouge waves and the wind.

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In the background you can see the other boat beyond the Orca. Due to the regulations now only one boat from a company can launch  at the same time.

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This was taken from `Dolphin`, of a  Dolphin. It`s a shame but my daughter is selling the company in June so i wont get free trips anymore. I think there are as many photos of sea creatures on my computer as there are sunrises, a lot have never been put on my blog. I hope you enjoyed the photos. Leo

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Clearing out a hard drive is about the same as trying to un-clutter your cupboards. It`s quite disappointing when you look in the cupboards to find something and there is so much clutter that it takes forever to find what you want. I have tried to sell things but it seems that they are only worth anything to me. Well now I have my solution, everything that hasn`t been used for 2 years gets thrown out or given away. But with a hard drive some of the old photos have to be kept because maybe that shot wont be taken again.The thing I do is make it 500 pixels wide so it can still be seen on the screen. At least they only occupy a few kb instead Mb`s.

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I always take the sunrise in the morning as that starts my day taking photos. i now have thousands of these of which most have been reduced like this one.

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Situations like this are quite rare, I only managed this twice with different frogs.

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This fetus was taken from a dead Sperm Whale that washed up on the beach a few years ago. i also made a video of the flensing that was done by a Taxidermist who was going to re-assemble the bones for a museum.

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A few years ago I had an Artistic moment and made things from some of the old wood we found in the  forest. They have all since been given away and this is the only reminder. Sometimes we have to keep these reminders even if it`s just for ourselves.

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The reason this is still around is because all these were found while taking my brothers dog for a walk, when I stayed with him in the UK last year. They tasted great and I used to fill my pockets every day. There were fruits also if you wanted to pick them because the ones on the ground were over ripe or had maggots in them.

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I like to keep a record of Alice`s life as I saw her through several years of her life when I stayed on the farm. She wasn`t looked after by anyone so we took her under our wing. I built her a house next to my stoop and she would walk with me around the bush. She was very protective and loved to be brushed when we got back, then she would sleep for a while.

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I hope this tour wasn`t too boring, but I have sorted a lot of photos out. All the best Leo

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I didn`t even know it was another holiday until i went to the Chemist and found it closed. Then I came home and switch the TV on but the news was full of JZ stating it was a day for the oppressed workers, couldn`t see his point so switched off.

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Well with that over I think it was better when I woke up at least the Sunrise was better.

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I did a bit of gardening while my Wife sowed some seeds. today was good for harvesting the Carrots, Turnips and a few late tomatoes. The Chinese Cabbages seem to be overgrowing as we haven`t eaten so many lately. Every time i turn the soil over there seems to be more Mantis around, some of them are brown which seems a bit unusual.As for spiders they are prolific at the moment, maybe looking for warmer places. although if the Butcher Bird sees them they are breakfast 🙂

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My Daughter is selling the Whale Watching business so I won`t be getting so many whale photos for my blog. This is one of my favorites maybe because it was the first time I got up close at a Breaching. Before most were Videos and were taken from the cliffs in Hermanus. a whale washed up on the beach there and i was asked to film the whole of the Flensing operation because they just wanted the bones for a museum exhibition.

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I think a few of the old jokes may liven the day. Have a great weekend.

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I miss our little feral cat.

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To all those who inquired about Alice.

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