Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wine Cellar

Whilst on Holiday in the Western Cape we visited Franschoek, a picturesque town flanked by mountains on three sides. Thereafter we visited the La Motte wine farm. Of course one has to do some wine tasting during your visit. The settings at this farm were idyllic. The wine tasting room with its decor is magnificent. Adjacent to the room is this large wine cellar with an impressive array of casks that are sustained at a specific temperature.

There are dozens of wine farms in this area that contibutes to the bulk of the production in South Africa. The countryside is scenic and a pleasure to drive through.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Whilst on vacation in the Southern Cape I took a shot of this interesting tree on the banks of a lagoon. A perfect candidate to convert into a black and white shot. The town of Kleinmond is about 100 kilometers east of Cape Town. Many of these sea side towns have only about a third of their houses that are permanently occupied. The rest are vacation homes and the population swells during the month of December and other peaks seasons during the year. I spite of this the area is quite and affords one the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hermanus, not far from this town, is rather busy during the vacation seasons. And, it is a hive of activity when the Humpback wales are calving.