Five Photowalks in Muizenberg

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I'm putting together a series on quick photowalks in some of my favourite places in and around Cape Town. First up - Muizenberg. I could also have called this post 'Photo walks in Muizenberg that don't include the beach huts!' 

1. The Vlei

Park on Vlei road (funnily enough), and catch some great reflections either at sunrise or sunset. Great for dog walking too.

What to look for: a bridge, lots of ducks and geese, water, mountains in the background, lovely #puddlegrams, and of course those gorgeous reflections. 

 
 I managed to get this shot just after the sun had set behind the mountain, facing Constantia on the side of the Vlei closest to the M5. There are some wonderful reflections over the water, especially on a calm evening.

I managed to get this shot just after the sun had set behind the mountain, facing Constantia on the side of the Vlei closest to the M5. There are some wonderful reflections over the water, especially on a calm evening.

 

2. Sideways Trees

Right next to the vlei (park on Promenade road), you'll see a collection of really strangely shaped, windblown trees. I have no idea what they're called so I'll call them 'Sideways Trees.' Years and years of coastal gales have forced them to grow almost parallel to the ground. They're fascinating. Also, when there's been heavy rain in this area, there are some great opportunities for getting the tree trunks reflected in the water that collects at the base of the trees.

What to look for: texture, greenness, fields, and great silhouettes. Another favourite spot of mine. 

 
 I LOVE the sideways trees. Sometimes if you wait long enough you'll manage to snap a couple of tiny runners or some dog walkers coming past to add some interesting scale to your shot. I was lying in the grass about 10 metres away from the tree to get this one. 

I LOVE the sideways trees. Sometimes if you wait long enough you'll manage to snap a couple of tiny runners or some dog walkers coming past to add some interesting scale to your shot. I was lying in the grass about 10 metres away from the tree to get this one. 

 

3. Muizenberg Village

So many people I know don't know that Muizenberg has the quaintest, sweetest, tiniest vintage village tucked away in Palmer Road. If you park opposite the Muizenberg Library near Epic Print, head off up Palmer Road and take a walk around.

What to look for: old Cape style architecture, gables, colourfully painted houses, old school cars, the odd vespas, flower boxes, and a portrait of a local, if you ask nicely.

 
 I love the colour of this house in Muizenberg village. To get this shot I went right up to the house, angled my camera upwards and tried to allow for a lot of sky in the image, along with the power lines. 

I love the colour of this house in Muizenberg village. To get this shot I went right up to the house, angled my camera upwards and tried to allow for a lot of sky in the image, along with the power lines. 

 

4. The Pavilion

You've got to love Muizenberg's 70's flair! Park at 76 Beach Road, grab yourself a soft serve ice-cream and wander along the 'prom' all while singing 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'. 

What to look for: concrete, the red roof, sharp angles, mini putt-putt, a whole lot of 70's vibes, and the giant blue supertube!

 
 After walking along the concrete promenade I descended the stairs on the super tube side and angled my camera through the fence to get this shot of the end of the slide. It was a rather overcast day, so the colourful tones of the slide park got a little washed out, which I rather liked. 

After walking along the concrete promenade I descended the stairs on the super tube side and angled my camera through the fence to get this shot of the end of the slide. It was a rather overcast day, so the colourful tones of the slide park got a little washed out, which I rather liked. 

 

5. The Muizenberg Train Station

This train station was built for Muizenberg's glory days, when hordes of weary travellers would arrive by train from the 'binneland' ready for their seaside holiday. It's a beautiful piece of architecture, and well worth a photo exploratory walk.

What to look for: wooden clock towers, stone arches, views of the sea, some great type, and of course some train shots.  

 
 I crossed Main Road to get this shot of the upper part of the Muizenberg Station. I especially love the wooden clocktower, but there are loads of great architectural features you can capture in and around the station. 

I crossed Main Road to get this shot of the upper part of the Muizenberg Station. I especially love the wooden clocktower, but there are loads of great architectural features you can capture in and around the station. 

A few more pics of the area...

 

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