Walks along the Palmiet River

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Palmiet River.
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There is a stretch for white water rafting further up.
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River bridge half-way between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond.
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One of the many mountain streams feeding into the Palmiet River.
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Beautiful tea coloured potable water.
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Rock hyrax.
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Giants’ playground.
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Palmiet River towards the sea.
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Palmiet River mouth. Kleinmond village in the distance.
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Pelicans playfully performing variations of “one”.
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Pleasure craft.
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Powered paragliders over the river mouth.
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Palmiet River lagoon and mouth.

With love from
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, Tuesday 23 July 2013

Kleinmond harbour – archaeology of a development

Harbour mouth Kleinmond.

The very word “development” fills one with misgivings where and when big money is invested in a scheme to uplift a utilitarian area such as an old harbour with nothing more than a slip-way for small fishing boats, an abalone breeding factory, a row of funky shops and run-of-the-mill eateries to service the tourist trade in the summer season.
As a matter of course, structures grown and kept alive over many years, familiarities, individual quirks and quaintnesses are changed if not destroyed – all with good intentions, yet, no architect or town planner can put back the patina of things, their quality of touch to the eye, their shine and good feel. New developments tend to be straight with hard edges. Add to that the often drastic increases in rent to follow which will drive out some if not most of the old shop-owners and you have the perfect recipe for economic growth and loss of quality of life.
We will follow the “development” of the Kleinmond harbour and will report back. For now, a few pics of how it looks presently, all dug up.

Kleinmond harbour development, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
Kleinmond harbour, July 2011.
An exquisite winter's Sunday in Betty's Bay.

With love from
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, Sunday 10 July, 2011