Cape of Good Hope

Baboon and Toyota

Baboon and Toyota

What is the difference between a baboon and a wind surfer?  Wind surfers are less likely to try and break into your car.  This is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.  Funny, but I could not find a line in the water.  I photographed the baboons from too close for safety.  They were running around wild in the street.

40 responses

  1. mcrohio

    Great group and fun commentary.

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

  2. Love the ocean photos, so wild and beautiful. Beyond that cape lies the south pole…

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    • Thank you John, next stop Antarctica, or Vegas?

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      February 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

      • Las Vegas – much nicer climate.

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        February 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

  3. Great post. Are the baboons friendly? Are they everywhere? We don’t have wild monkeys in Chicago. I wouldn’t know how to act…what is the protocol for baboon interaction? I would imagine it would be something like…stay as far away from them as possible, but I’m not sure. :)

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    • The baboons are all over South Africa. They break into homes and cause a lot of damage.

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      February 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    • Wow, that not good. A real problem. I had no idea they were so aggressive and into that kind of thing. Thank you for setting things straight. I thought they were in one park area or neighborhood.

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      February 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  4. Wow, fantastic photos of the scenery!

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

  5. Your photos take me back to 2002 when we took our 3 kids there. The baboons were frightening. (Nice short DOP photo of a baboon on a white car.) We were warned to never show food, as that would bring them to and in your car. When we hiked down to the beach to eat under an overhang of the bluff, we were still wondering if baboons were watching us. Then the ocean took the stage. The epicenter, the vortex, the crux of energy in that corner of earth was intense. The winds kicked up. Our blissful view of white sand and various hues of blue water dramatically changed into churning waves and a sandstorm. We could hardly walk back up to our car due to the winds’ force. I don’t know what to call that place: magical, intense, heaven, hell? It was all of the above. Thanks for your fantastic photo reminders which sparked this lengthy comment.

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    February 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

  6. The Monkeys are great, too close for comfort but not for great shots!

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    February 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

  7. Looks funny, but I know how bad it could get :) I had a tough time photographing monkeys in a temple, they almost snatched my camera.

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    February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  8. They are always naughty…

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    February 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  9. At least you didn’t run into a very hungry troupe, or did you? ;)

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    February 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    • I think they are all very hungry, but nothing happened.

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      February 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  10. Beautiful photos..Loved the baboon strutting..sorry..walking

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    February 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

  11. Aaawww so beautiful! Why do people hurt them… So beautiful! Great picture.

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

  12. wow…rough waters! the baboons are cool, but I can imagine they would cause issues if they were in populated areas…they are curious strong creatures

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    • They are very smart and able to open doors and windows.

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      February 13, 2014 at 4:41 am

      • I agree I forgot smart…many years ago I took my daughter to the Vancouver Zoo… a monkey, don’t remember what species was watching her and following her as she was enjoying the rest of the group…until suddenly he reached his hand through the fence and tore her red barrette from her hair…then ran and hid with his prize…she wasn’t hurt but she was terribly upset!!!

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        February 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

  13. I loooooove your baboons, at least from afar !

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    February 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

    • I take it you are following NYFW. I was really close to those guys.

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      February 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

  14. I don’t see a line, either!

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    February 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

  15. LB

    Ron, this may just be one of my favorite series … the colors are stunning, the baboons are intriguing, and the wind surfers … well, I want to try!

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    February 13, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    • Thank you Laurie. That was probably the best trip of the last several years.

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      February 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  16. We were staying in Blyde River Canyon (South Africa) last year and I was sitting in our cottage having coffee in the morning when a troop of baboons came by. One looked at me in the window, jumped up on the roof, ripped a metal shingle off the roof, came back to the window showing me the shingle and as he looked me straight in the eye, threw the shingle at our car, leaving a good size dent ! Apparantly baboon damage doesn’t come with the rental car insurance and we were billed 140 euro.

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    February 14, 2014 at 4:53 am

  17. Love your photos, good job :)

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    July 11, 2014 at 4:52 am

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