Gordo's photos from Autumn 1987
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Autumn trees in front of Table Mountain
I have a great view of Table Mountain from my lounge window.
For a collection of photos at various times of day and seasons see:
10 years of Table Mountain from Kenilworth
The year 1987 represents the real start of my photographic portfolio.
I was doing National Service, and had just been transferred back to
Cape Town, where I was born. I was fortunate to move out of barracks,
to help look after my elderly mother. She had just purchased this 3rd
floor flat in Kenilworth, and it has great views in all directions.
Since then I have gone on to take a range of photos of the same scenes,
as well as further afield.
views to the East from my flat
The views east from my flat also provides endless fascination.
I have built a large collection of photos at various times of day and seasons.
For other photos see:
views east from Kenilworth
When I started I had no specific intent, but over the years several
themes have emerged. I keep my eyes open and take photos of things that I see around me. This collection represents
10 years of my life.
views towards Table Mountain Range from Ou Kaapse Weg
This mountain pass was built in the early 1970's and provides a direct
route from the Southern Suburbs to Noordhoek and further south to
Cape Point. The views north are towards the Table Mountain Range.
This entire range, 50km in length, forms the "backbone"
of the Cape Peninsula, and is scheduled to be listed as a
World Heritage site.
close-up of elephants eye
From the top of Ou Kaapse Weg, Constantiaberg looks like a crouched
elephant. The most obvious sign is the cave known as Elephants Eye.
It can be reached on foot, and consists of a small cave with an
hazy autumn views over the Cape Flats from Ou Kaapse Weg
(this panorama streches across 5 images)
The views from the top of Ou Kaapse Weg over the Cape Peninsula
are stunning. There are a number of wetlands which serve as
recreation areas and nature preserves. The Cape Peninsula is
surrounded on 3 sides by ocean - False Bay can be seen on
the extreme right hand side.
proteas in Silvermine Nature Reserve
The area surrounding Ou Kaapse Weg forms part of the Silvermine
There are a large number of proteas and other species.
This species flowers in late autumn.
reflections in Silvermine reservoir
This was one of my first serious photo experiments. The reservoir is
in a valley and forms a natural series of reflections. The surrounding
area is a popular picnic spot.
Noordhoek and Atlantic Ocean from Silvermine
From the top of Ou Kaapse Weg the pass dips down towards Noorhoek,
Kommetjie and the Atlantic Ocean.
To the right hand side (out of the picture) is the start of Chapman's
Peak drive, another scenice wonderland.
In the foreground is the Silvermine
retirement village (then under construction.)
My aunt Winnie lived there for some years.
She died in February 1998 at the ripe age of 93.
Silvermine Peak from Ou Kaapse Weg
Guarding the approach to Ou Kaapse Weg is this imposing "peak"
This is the headquarters of the SA Navy's Southern Ocean command.
Blue Route freeway driving towards Table Mountain
Driving back from Ou Kaapse Weg towards Cape Town is along the Blue Route
freeway. On the left Constantiaberg and its garden suburbs.
Looming ahead are Table Mountain and Devil's Peak.
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