Bainskloof Pass is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the Regional road R301 between Wellington and Ceres. DSC06392This 30 kilometer pass was completed in 1853 and is one of the most picturesque passes in the Cape.DSC06393 The pass was built using convict labour, by Andrew Geddes Bain, the most famous of southern Africa’s road engineers. Bain achieved this remarkable feat without any formal training.DSC06388

At the summit (595 metres (1,952 ft)) are a plantation and picnic ground. Here the road joins the Witte River, which descends the northern side of the mountains through a precipitous cleft to a stretch of rapids, waterfalls and natural pools.DSC06390

Bainskloof was originally built for horse drawn traffic in 1853. Since then the western side has been somewhat altered but the eastern side is pretty much as it was other than it has been tarred. WikipediaDSC06384

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: This Land Is My Land

“As I was walking that ribbon of highway, 
I saw above me that endless skyway:188 
I saw below me that golden valley: 
This land was made for you and me.
196 I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps, 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;IMG_3126 
And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.”



Floral Friday : Aeonium arboreum

Common Names: Thickleaf Aeonium, Pinwheel Desert Rose, Fisiulera, Tree Aeonium, Tree Anemone, Houseleek Tree,  Irish RoseIMG_4456

Aeonium arboreum is a medium-green succulent which forms branched stems 3 feet (90 cm) tall, looking like a miniature tree.IMG_4453

Rosettes are formed at the ends of the stems. They grow quickly and produce abundant yellow flowers form long clusters in mid spring to early summer.IMG_4455

Aeonium or Tree Houseleek is a genus of succulent plants of the family Crassulaceae. The name is derived from the ancient Greek word “aionos”, meaning “ageless”.IMG_4454 Most of the species are native to the Canary Islands and a small number is found in Madeira, Morocco and in  Africa.



One Word Photo Challenge: Beige

Beige is a term used for a range of pale brownish or yellowish colors. It is variously described as a pale sandy fawn color, a grayish tan, a light-grayish yellowish brown, or a pale to grayish yellow. It takes its name from the French word for the color of natural wool.

011It has come to be used to describe a variety of light tints chosen for their neutral or pale warm appearance.Goodwood-20131107-00208

Beige was used as a color term in the modern sense in France beginning approximately 1855-60; the writer Edmond de Goncourt used it in the novel La Fille Elisa in 1877. The first recorded use of beige as a color name in English was in 1887.Goodwood-20131113-00217


The letter “O”


The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. Starting in 2014, the Somali ostrich is now considered a full species separate from the common ostrich. WikipediaCarrot Marmalade

Orange marmalade

Orange stationery and art supplies
Orange stationery and art supplies

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Rainbow

Once a week Sue dips into her old English Oxford dictionary to pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you.

A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused byreflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in aspectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.IMG_3341

Rainbows can be full circles, however, the average observer sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground, and centred on a line from the sun to the observer’s eye.

In a primary rainbow, the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted (bent) when entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.IMG_3340

In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets. WikipediaSONY DSC