This guy took off his left shoe and was holding the chunk of wood he was chiseling with his left foot in a sock, presumably so he could get a better 'feel' for it.
Big baskets outside a tourist souvenir shop. Real ones this size are rare and may have been woven from reeds and grass to hold grain.
All packed up, these guys wheel their crates and tents to that blue/white container to keep it locked up until the next day when they pull it all back out and set it up again. The shop with items still out has her permanent storage right behind her, a lucky one.
The clouds here in South Africa are amazing to watch. They form and flow and blow through so quickly! It can look dark and dangerous, but it may just pass on by. These low-lying clouds would be fog to those in them, but they came in from both directions into the valley through the gaps in the mountains around us.
Looking out to sea, you can see the dark line of clouds that is fog out there. A local boat a few days earlier got lost in the fog and was pushed by the current towards shore, hit some rocks, lost its keel, rolled and two of the three on board were killed. The photo in the newspaper showed the wreckage washed up onto the rocks of a beach north of us. Reminds us how fickle the weather and Mother Nature can be around here.
One last cloud shot as seen from the deck of YOLO. The far right edge may be the top of Table Mountain seen from the back side.
A man's home is his castle--literally! This one is on the hill behind the marina. Quite fancy and fairly new, it sits all by itself on the side of the steep hill above the bay.
This man's castle is sinking. His boat takes on water constantly and he is here flinging 5-gallon buckets of water out of it, trying to bail it out before it goes under. Someone told us it gets pumped out once a week to keep it from sinking at the wharf. Note where the water line is.
He drew lots of lookers, watching him bail water out of this sinking hulk.
He finally got a powered pump to get the water out. Notice how much higher the boat now sits in the water? If it sinks, nobody will do anything about it here. They still don't have the power back on the docks after the power lines had been stolen for the copper. As we understand it, the experienced harbour master was replaced with a political crony appointee and has never been seen since. So nothing gets done or maintained in the harbour. It's running on self-control and auto pilot. Not a good thing for a major fishing harbour with as much traffic as this one.
Jason ready for race day in his new carrot suit made of orange rubber. He got it all salty, but only two boats ventured out in the 40-knot winds and chop, so they canceled the race and headed to the bar to drink beer instead.
The local in the rocks on the left has trained a seal to take fish from his mouth. Tourists take photos and provide donations for him to keep doing it. He claims he uses the funds to buy fish for the seals but he probably feeds himself as well.
This boat has been sunk here next to the walkway in the marina for seventeen years. It's now covered in kelp and mussels.
Kids play in the corner of the marina basin. The folks on the far side are watching a man feed a seal from his mouth as in the photo above. He does it every day there, several times a day when tourists are around. Hout Bay is a popular stop on the double-decker bus tours. The parking lots are full with beach goers and market shoppers. Fresh seafood here is a given and the local restaurants here do a bang-up business of fish and chips.The rest are all seal shots from the marina and harbour. Lots of seals come by daily looking for food. On Fridays, the fishing boats return with their catches and the carcasses are tossed out to the seals and seagulls from the big tubs at the fish cleaning warehouse on the wharf.
The black spot is on my camera, not the seal. Some goo in a splash must've gotten onto the camera lens.
And another one. Looks like a seal propeller.
Looking down the fisherman's wharf at Hout Bay.