Category Archives: Photos

New Dr. Who filmed in Cape Town

Watching the latest trailer for the new Dr. Who starring Jodie Whittaker, I noticed a familiar location.

The ruin pictured in the scenes below is a derelict beach pavilion in Macassar, near Cape Town, South Africa. (Google Maps)

Dr. Who trailer screenshots

I live not too far away and have visited it with other members of my local camera club. Sadly it is an area not safe to visit alone, with a chance of being mugged. Click on the image below to view an album of photos I took there.

beach_pavilion_album

Summer Holidays

Umbreallas on an empty beach

It’s been far too long since I posted anything, so here is an image that I took a few days ago that describes the season nicely.

Surface Tension

Surface tension demonstrated by raindrops on an aloe leaf

Eggs in a Window

A shop window displaying table lamps made from carved ostrich shells

Misty Morning Tree

A solitary tree beside a fence, seen through morning mist

Old and New

Wheel of Excellence, Bokaap, Signal Hill and Lion's Head

Under the Wheel

The Wheel of Excellence ferris wheel

Not Quite Summer

Sunlight through clouds over mountains

Living, as we do, in a winter-rainfall area we shouldn’t see weather like this in early summer but for two weeks in a row we’ve had glorious hot sunny weather all week, only to have the weather turn cloudy and cool for the weekend.

C-17 Globemaster

A C-17 Globemaster kicks up dust as it gathers speed in its take-off run

A C-17 Globemaster of the United States Air Force kicks up dust as it gathers speed in its take-off run during an air show in Cape Town.

Rooivalk

South African Rooivalk attack helicopter

The Rooivalk (Red Kestrel) attack helicopter is wholly designed and built in South Africa. It is considered by some to be a more capable airframe than other attack helicopters like the Apache but has not been purchased by any air force other than our own. I don’t claim to fully understand why but suspect it may be that the total package of airframe, avionics and weapons system simply doesn’t have the maturity and support offered by other aircraft. This forum post goes into more depth on the development and success or failure of the programme.