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Apologies to regular readers for being a little late with the blog this week. Just before my last departure from the northern hemisphere I managed to pick up one of the more unpleasant bugs that was circulating so I had little choice but to spend the last couple of days in bed. My sympathy goes out to any readers who are suffering with these seasonal conditions and I hope you make a speedy and complete recovery.
Fortunately my faithful canine companion RISKKO was not under the weather and since we work as a team this week he offered to feature in the blog to give me a rest. So while I was feeling sorry for myself RISKKO took himself up one of our local mountains, Chapman’s Peak, in search of wild animals (and if you are looking for wild animals Africa is a good place to start).
First of all let us set the scene. The pictures above and below show the amazing views that you can enjoy when you take the mountain path up Chapman’s Peak. I mentioned the Karbonkelberg mountain in my earlier blogs. I have a great view of this mountain from my balcony and it also serves as a picturesque back drop to Sandy Bay beach (the articles can be found here and here). Today I can share with you the view of the Karbunkelberg from the other side.
Similarly the picture above is of the Little Lions Head Mountain from the opposite side. Chapman’s Peak features in the picture below and RISKKO’s adventure today takes him close to the top.
One of the first things you notice as you climb the mountain path is the abundance of pretty butterflies like the one below.
…..and of course this would not be Africa if we did not come across some trainee crocodiles and alligators…..
One of my (and RISKKO’s) favourite wild animals is the hairy caterpillar. Today we were not disappointed….
RISKKO, with his very sensitive hearing, is of course able to communicate with the caterpillars and decided to make friends with one of them called Katy.
Caterpillars are normally very weary of little dogs because they know how much dogs like biting tails.
After a little hesitation the caterpillar agreed to become RISKKO’s friend and before long they were rubbing noses together.
The caterpillar quickly climbed onto RISKKO to join him on his expedition up the mountain.
When you get towards the top of the mountain you can enjoy the distant views of the inland plains at the other side. This was a rather misty day but the views were still staggering. If you would like to see more detail simply click on any of my photographs to get a high definition version.
Another of the features of this walk are the many and varied birds. Like the one below:
Of course any walk in the South African countryside would not be complete without a reference to the fantastic vegetation.
In my next blog I will focus on some of the exotic flowers that grow along this path. Regular readers may remember that some of my summer blogs focused on the flowers in the Bavarian mountains. So to wet your appetite and set a benchmark for next week’s African blog here are some of the pictures from Bavaria. If you would like to see more please use the links here, here and here.
Time now to go and snivel a bit more. I hope to see you next week (and of course I will bring some flowers),