Death Of a Whale

By Mark Dixon Friday 29th June 2018 Today, in the Garden Route, we witnessed the indifference of natural selection. Yet for those present, there was an empathy for one of the giants of the ocean. One year ago I swam with Humpback Whales during the Sardine run in the Eastern Cape. Today I watched one die. The scientist in me took notes. The bloodshot eyes … Continue reading Death Of a Whale

Moonlight Meander – a night time tour of tidal pools at Gericke’s Point.

All things Great and Small, we saw them all last night on the Moonlight Meander. With a slight offshore wind there was no sea mist and the views of the Milky Way, Orion Belt and the Southern Cross were crystal clear. In the tidalpools, it was like a marine nursery with many exciting finds of juvenile organisms. It helped that the water was unexpectedly clear … Continue reading Moonlight Meander – a night time tour of tidal pools at Gericke’s Point.

Knysna Fires : Five factors that produced the Perfect Inferno

June 2017 will be remembered by South Africans for decades to come. A historical moment when Mother Nature showed her true power and the only option was to get out of her path and watch in awe. For a week preceding the fire, extreme weather warnings had been issued with predictions of flooding in drought stricken Cape Town and surrounds and rain and strong winds … Continue reading Knysna Fires : Five factors that produced the Perfect Inferno

Killing the trees slowly with your love. 

Trees are amazing, spectacular, ingenious, astounding and magnificent. Trees sustain, recycle and contribute to our very existence. Trees house us, clothe us and heal us. Yet, many, in the lustful moment of attempting to immortalize an ephemeral passion of eros, carve insignificant initials into the bark of trees. Initials that on average linger long after the amour that inspired their carving has evaporated to nothing. … Continue reading Killing the trees slowly with your love. 

Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.

Each time we hike the Garden Route Trail, a five day coastal hike between Wilderness and Brenton on Sea, we discover a host of natural wonders. Continue reading Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.

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Casual observations of El Nino in the Garden Route.

Though the impact of the recent El Nino effect was subtle in the Garden Route, careful observation demonstrates how marine life and the intertidal zone was influenced. Continue reading Casual observations of El Nino in the Garden Route.

Gericke’s Point

If, while in the Garden Route, you are looking for a short relaxing beach walk to explore some rock pools, Gericke’s Point near Sedgefield should be penciled into your itinerary. Ideal for snorkeling, birding and photography, it is a easy 3.2km round trip from the Swartvlei beach parking area. Continue reading Gericke’s Point