Winter Solstice 2016

The full moon looked very special tonight.

It is quite cold in Cape Town which makes it an excellent time for crystal clear skies. Moon photography is one of my favourites that I always return to. I never get tired of that beautiful orb.

Called the Strawberry Moon it got its name from native Americans who used this event which indicated the readiness of fruit for harvesting, e.g. strawberries…

This year the Strawberry moon coincides with Summer Solstice, but of course here in Southern Africa it is the Winter Solstice.






Cape Town Returns Salute of HMS Iron Duke


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HMS Iron Duke arrived in Cape Town today 20-08-2014. On board her is the Webb-Ellis Trophy of World Cup Rugby. I have, on many occasions, been to Signal Hill, Lions Battery to witness the firing of the noon gun. But this … Continue reading

Muskets & Cannon Fire in Cape Town Waterfront


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The Chavonnes Battery Museum last night hosted a wonderful evening of history. Author and historian Willem Steenkamp provided insights into life in the Cape of Good Hope during the reign of the VOC – acronym for Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch … Continue reading

SA Navy Museum salutes Heritage Day


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I was invited by the SA Navy Museum to attend the firing of the historical 9 inch Muzzle Loading Cannon at Middle North Battery in Simon’s Town at 12 noon on Heritage Day. Unknown to me, but planned as part … Continue reading

Visiting the SA Navy Museum


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Hi, this week I have a bit more history for you… I met Harry Croome whilst photographing the firing of some historical cannon in the past few weeks. Harry Croome is a serving member of the Navy and is curator … Continue reading

Defending the Cape (part 3)


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Hello all, after being the photographer at the V&A Waterfront on behalf of the Chavonnes Battery Museum for the occasion of the 6 Cannon salute for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I was invited to attend the cannon firing in celebration … Continue reading

Defending the Cape (Part 1)


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(Click on small picture to open gallery and see larger photos) Some facts of Cape Town: In 1487, the Portuguese sailor Bartholomeus Dias set out to find a sea route to the East. Evading a fierce storm and blown off course … Continue reading