We were in Cape Town last weekend, the Heritage Day long weekend, and on Sunday we took my mother out to Hermanus and Gansbaai to see the whales. On previous occasions we had seen them close in, near the Old Harbour, but not this time. We were lucky, however, to spot one or two far out, way across Walker Bay, so we drove round to Gansbaai, another 40 kilometres along the coast, in hope of a better view, and were just in time to see a pod of humpbacks quite close in, before they tired of us and slipped beneath the waves.

I’ve tried in these images to give a sense of their presence, in the wildness of the ocean. Which is a way of introducing the fact that I have plans for a new blog, focusing only on my photography, which I will run in parallel with this one – Keep Calm and Carry On – which will focus more on the friends, family and happenings side of things.

In the meanwhile, however, here are four black and white photographs of the whales in Walker Bay. They will, if you pardon the pun, in all likelihood resurface in my new photography blog, once I’ve got round to setting it up.

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Posted by Glen Fisher

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