One beautiful sunny morning, a few days ago, while walking the long stretch of beach named Grotto Beach near Voëlklip on the Hermanus coastline, I came across this amazing sight — the after-birth of a Southern Right Whale, washed up on the beach. At least, that’s what I think it was.
The whale that is seen most often in Walker Bay is the Southern Right Whale, so my assumption is that it once belonged to a Southern Right. However, other species do make an appearance occasionally so one can’t be certain.
I didn’t know what this was at first. It looked alien lying there half buried in the sand. I took these photographs and it was only a few days later, after doing some on-line research that it finally dawned on me — it was a whale’s placenta.
Spring is “sprung” in the Southern Hemisphere and the flowers are everywhere. This pretty lilac flower, I believe it’s a type of vygie, is one of the many different types of ground cover that flourish in the natural fynbos at the onset of Spring.
Here in the South, within the next day or two, the sun will reach that point in the heavens referred to as the vernal equinox, and which marks the beginning of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Latin word ver means Spring. “Equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because night and day are roughly equal in length. The solstice dates which mark the four seasons are currently March 20, June 21, September 22 and December 21. Continue reading Vernal Equinox Day Is Here And Spring is Sprung→
The thing is, there are some significant differences. For one thing the Festo SmartBird flaps it’s wings while the drone that crashed in Pakistan is thought to have had some form of propulsion — like a propeller perhaps.