The 470 square meter mosaic next to the pyramid on the Donkin Reserve is one of the art pieces that has been installed in the area as part of the Route 67 development. The mosaic celebrates the many cultures, heritages, diverse histories and abundant fauna and flora that characterises the city and province. The mosaic was done by students from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is made up of a lot of different details. I have posted a similar photo as the first picture taken from…
Defending the Bay
Late afternoon at Fort Frederick looking east towards the Port Elizabeth harbour and Algoa Bay beyond. The fort, which is the oldest building in Port Elizabeth, was built in 1799 to protect the Bay from invasion and was the first permanent stone structure to be built by the British in Africa south of the equator.
Donkin after dark
Historic buildings lit up at night makes for the most beautiful photographs. The Donkin Lighthouse and Pyramid is no different. I had to attend a meeting at the Grand Hotel recently and made a quick stop to snap this picture before I had to be there.
Queen Vic and the library tower
The statue of Queen Victoria was erected in front of the Public Library in the city centre in 1903 in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (1897). The library building itself was erected in 1902.
Hi from Firefly
WOW! So here I am. Taking over the Port Elizabeth Daily Photo from my blog idols. At the start of December 2007 I didn't even know what a blog was and stumbled onto the PEDP blog after following a link from a Google Alert. I popped in every now and then and soon became a regular follower. Being a keen photographer, I started to wonder if I could do my own photo blog and on 9 July 2008 I took the big step into the blogosphere, starting The Firefly Photo Files. All because of Sue and Max. They…
The place to be this time of year
The places to hang out this time of year around Port Elizabeth is the coastline with the beaches along the city's main beachfront being the most popular. One of the busiest beaches tend to be Hobie Beach with the Boardwalk across the road and a lot of other eateries, the Pier and beachfront promenade right there. Why aren't I posting a picture showing the packed beaches? Well, as you read this I am on holiday having spent the last 10 days camping in Montagu in the Western Cape and on my way…
Happy Valley lilies
I don't think there is anybody who have grown up in Port Elizabeth that didn't visit Happy Valley as a child. With the summer season apon us I was curious to see what kind of shape it is in and decided to take a walk up the valley. It was a stunning early summers day and I couldn't help but to sit down next to the stream for a couple of minutes to take in my surroundings.
Happy Valley by day
Happy Valley has always been a very popular spot for both young and old especially during the summer season when the lights are on in the evenings. I went down not too long ago to see what it looks like these days. Although there were one or two of the characters that were damaged the area in a whole was in good nick and looking beautiful. Its a pity that more and more people don't go there anymore due to the perception that its a dangerous area. The way I see it is that there are always a…
I popped down to the beachfront the other day and drove along the paved path (also known as Lovers Lane) in front of the Marine Hotel. I stopped at one of the walkways to the beach and got this shot back towards Hobie Beach.