Thursday, May 26, 2016

Good fences, great tradition

Traveling to the Cape last weekend, it struck me again that Sunday is wash day in rural Southern Africa. I managed a few drive-by photos of laundry on the lines as we passed the houses along the way. 
The house on the left has a baby and a satelite dish to watch cable TV; the house on the right had only a pair of trousers on the line.  A little boy stands in the shadows watching the cars go by
This house has school children: yellow and maroon school uniforms bunched onto the line! (The fence looks rather rickety as well) 
The fence here is acting as a wash line - for MANY clothes!

I'm linking to Good Fences Thursday here

Here's wishing you all a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sombre Greenbul

I recorded this bird call with my phone and didn't realize that by holding it straight, the recording image would be on its side !

This is an iconic bird sound in Wilderness: the Sombre greenbul. I do have photos of this bird in my archives (somewhere) but cannot find it in time for this post. I've posted an Internet image of the bird below.  (please click on the bird name link above to read about it) 
Sombre greenbul (Google image) 

I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wind farms

Approaching a small Karoo town on the N1 called Noupoort (Narrow Portal), Grant and I noticed a cluster of wind turbines. I snapped away as much as I could and then I Googled to read about them. (here)

The wind farm at Noupoort is still under construction. There are 35 wind turbines to be installed and connected to the grid. The height of a wind turbine is 152 meters. These 35 wind turbines will supply clean, safe and effective energy to 69,000 homes. 

At present there are ten turbines erected and I managed a couple of photos showing all ten! 

As we drove down to Cape Town, at Caledon, I photographed another wind farm

Denmark, Portugal, Spain and other European countries are leaders in harnessing wind to generate energy. Wind energy is one of the best sources of renewable energy. Wind energy produces no air-or water pollution.

The US and Canada are up there with the leading countries producing energy by using wind turbines. Turbines can be as tall as 200m with blades 60m long. The tallest wind turbine is in Hawai at 20 storeys tall and blades the length of a football field. 

I'm linking my post to Our World Tuesday here