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.
You can get an idea of the size (once you’ve gotten over the gross factor) by comparing the footprint in the sand on the next photograph. At about 3 meters (10 feet) long it’s huge (3 Photographs). Continue reading →
At first glance, selling your home privately can seem like an attractive proposition. You’ll save the agents commission, right?
In fact many private sellers are home owners in financial trouble, and are hoping to avoid paying the agents fee in order to clear an outstanding mortgage loan without “paying in”.
The reality is that many of these homes end up as “distressed sales” and are auctioned by the bank at greatly reduced prices.
Sadly, in many of these cases the result can mean even greater financial hardship for the unlucky owners. In some cases the shortfall translates into a long-standing debt that will represent a financial burden for many years to come. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
According to an Express 24/7 correspondent, Mohamamd Kazim, the drone was surveying the border when it crashed near the Pishin Scouts Frontier Corps Base compound in Chaman, 300 meters inside the Pakistani-Afghani border (5 Photographs). Continue reading →