I spent the weekend at the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a seaside wilderness in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. It will take me a day or two to get my photos together and write a full post, so here are a few Instagrams to whet your appetite.

farm view instagramThe view from our farmhouse at De Hoop.

fig tree roots instagram

Above-ground roots of a giant fig tree.

melkkamer house instagram

My lodging for the weekend.

farm ruins instagram

Farmstead ruins.

ostrich instagram

The neighborhood ostrich.

beach rocks instagram

Rocky beach.

starfish tentacle instagram

Starfish tentacles.

starfish instagram

Underwater starfish.

heather starfish instagram

Instagramming starfish is really fun.

rock pool relfection

Best Instagram of the weekend — my reflection in a kelp-filled rock pool.

I’ll post more about my De Hoop experience in the next few days.

In the meantime, I need to mention that the Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl on Sunday. Thrilled as I was to be in such a beautiful, wild place this weekend, I was also very sad to miss the game. In fact, missing this Superbowl — one of the most momentous sporting events in history for my home town — made me feel more homesick than I’ve ever felt since moving to South Africa. So I just want to give a quick shout-out to all my friends and family (and all the Ravens players and fans) who are celebrating back home this week. I think my dad is probably on the streets of Baltimore watching the Ravens parade as I write this.

I heart you, Ravens.


At a Ravens game in September 2011. (Photo: Tenney Mason)

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