Those are all…moulting penguins! (at Stony Point — Penguin Colony)
Some just starting, some already finished, most partly through. They get so fat and fluffy and look so miserable during this whole process (and boy, are they mean!). Also located quite a few straggling chicks. On the other side of the colony, Cape Cormorants breed…watching the nestlings get fed was preciously entertaining, especially with the high winds!
Could see pretty much the entirety of the Cape Peninsula area. From Stellenbosch to Table Mountain, through to Cape Point, then Somerset West & Strand, all the way to Gordon’s Bay. (at Swartbos Kloof Trail Lookout — Jonkershoek)
VICE Fringes Documentary // Life of a Subway Performer
Watching this piece brought me to tears. I clearly remember seeing this busker, Joe Crow Ryan, at the Metropolitan G stop. It was in the wee hours of a winter morning, after leaving either a long night out or at the office. I was so tired, I walked to the wrong side of the platform, and missed the train back home. At this point, I was absolutely and desperately fed up with living in New York City. And this man, wailing a melancholy cover of a classic (The Beatles, Bob Dylan, or the like; I don’t recall on account of exhaustion) and plucking away at the banjo, it was just perfect. It summed up exactly how I felt at the time, and served as the most unexpectedly appropriate soundtrack. I stood and listened, then sat down at the bench once a seat was open. I gave him two dollars, for complementing that wait and my emotions. I can’t remember if I said anything to thank or praise him, but I think I did. This is one of those moments, though sad, that I will never forget. It is one of the more beautiful and poetic memories that I hold of my short time in the city.
Never mind that I also cooked dinner…I enjoyed Thanksgiving on the other side of the world by sunbathing by the pool in our jungle of a garden, with homemade balsamic roasted fig popsicles!
Roasted the figs in a glaze of balsamic vinegar and apricot jam, blended them with a base of coconut milk and honey, added a pinch of fresh basil leaves, and fresh fig slices (modified from this recipe). Yielded a mostly sweet, but slightly savoury treat!