Rainbow nation

By ColleenA
Good morning....thanks for all you comments and help in choosing an image for the Scott Kelby competition.
Images of the Bo-Kaap today, a colourful glimpse of a part of Cape Town....

Walking into the colourful Bo Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town is like going from Black and white to amazing technicolor. The Bo Kaap, in the shadow of Signal hill, is in the heart of Cape Town. The earliest members of the ethnic group known today as Cape Malay arrived as slaves brought to Cape Town in the 17th Century by the Dutch (The Dutch East India Company) from Southeast Asia. Cape Malays also came from India as well as Madacascer,Malaysia and the Phillippines.
The bright colours that are now emblamatic of the neighbourhood is a more recent phenomenon, starting in the 90's after the end of apartheid. Painting their Georgian styled houses in bright cheerful colours was a way to express happiness and joy and has developed into a tradition throughout the neighborhood.
The Dutch eradicated their identities by giving them new Surnames, mostly the month of the year they arrived. You will find a lot of the surnames such as January, September, October and November are still used today.
Have a nice dayGrin

Tags: Architecture Cape town Bo-Kaap

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ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
9 Oct 2013 6:50AM
That's a terrific image and story.
Thanks for that, Colleen.


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Oct 2013 6:54AM
What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of apartheid, Colleen, and a fine set of images to show us. I love the presentation of V.1, closely followed by the rather enchanting scene in V.5. Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Oct 2013 6:57AM
Some of the best Bo-Kaap images I have seen Colleen Smile Excellent stuff - and a super right up too Grin
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:00AM
Excellent and beautiful set. Thanks for the additional information. Sad Peter
9 Oct 2013 7:08AM
Really beautiful colours, a lovely celebration idea. Beautiful shots too Colleen.

pink Plus
14 5.3k 7 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:08AM
versions 2 and 6 for me but a great set of images, would make a nice montage
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:12AM
That's lovely - a fine tradition. Superb shots and interesting write up too. Smile

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:17AM
Nice work and a fine description.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:23AM
What super colours and wonderful captures. Reminds me of God's paintbox. Delightful.SmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:30AM
Colourfull set of Images Colleen, great introSmile

Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:37AM
Beautiful set of glorious coloured images and interesting info.TedGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
9 Oct 2013 7:41AM
Wonderfully colourful...my eye is drawn to the full frame of V2 - make a great poster/greeting card GrinGrin
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:42AM
Great colours and shapes..

Well seen and taken...

DilysT 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 8:04AM
Oooh fantastic blocks if colour!
9 Oct 2013 8:11AM
Colleen, What a stunning set of images I love the composition and colours, V2 is my favourite and thgey certainly cheered me up on a cool and grey day Smile

Brian J.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 8:12AM

Quote:Oooh fantastic blocks if colour!
V6 is my fave Colleen SmileSmile

MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 8:21AM
Colourful, well-composed & interesting. All excellent.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 8:37AM
bold and beautiful
love the one with the child especially
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 9:00AM
What a colourful place, fantastic.Smile

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 9:03AM
Great colours, beautiful lines, great perspectives, wonderful captures Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
9 Oct 2013 9:10AM
A great set of bright and colourful images Colleen. Interesting info as well.
9 Oct 2013 9:30AM
Brilliant Colleen. Fabulous series and write up. V5 for me, captured such a look of innocence on that young face.
Love them all, I should love to live in a house painted pink or purple Grin

Lovely set of images and a really interesting description and history of the area.

9 Oct 2013 9:43AM
What a wonderful set of images and such an interesting description, Colleen!

9 Oct 2013 9:58AM
Very nice sets of images great colours well captured.
9 10 10 England
9 Oct 2013 10:17AM
The colours all seem to compliment each other - a lovely set Colleen. Also enjoyed reading your description.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 10:31AM
Whilst subtle colours work well in some areas, it is great to come across
a colourful row of houses like these. The strong contrast in V4 is remarkable
and the child dressing in V5 is lovely.
Interesting narrative about names.
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 10:52AM
Very Brightonesk here Colleen and an excellent write up! Love the angles you have emphasised, these are exceptionally well shot.

9 Oct 2013 11:21AM
Very well composed pics.
9 Oct 2013 11:42AM
love them all Colleen and thanks for the narrative

9 Oct 2013 11:54AM
Beatifully done Colleen, I love the colours and shapesSmile....interesting write up as well!

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 12:43PM
Very colourful houses indeed Colleen.
And well kept too !!
Interesting set.
S_Psharma 5 1 India
9 Oct 2013 12:47PM
Afine set of images each image is a beauty.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
9 Oct 2013 12:49PM
It's so nice to see colourful houses like these, as on the Venetian island of Burano (though a different style), they're so bright and cheery Smile A lovely set, Colleen, make great pattern / abstracts...think V2 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
9 Oct 2013 12:54PM
Wonderful images and very interesting write up Colleen.

Jenny Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2013 1:22PM
Fascinating history and brilliant images make a great set here!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 2:08PM
Fantastic set Colleen, no way could I select an individual image
the colours on the houses so unusual and exotic
great colourful images.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 4:02PM
stunning images Colleen,

Ali Grin
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 4:10PM
Lovely composition in these Colleen, and stunning colours too. Are you still on the photography course or was it a days one
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 4:10PM
How lovely.... multicoloured housesGrinGrinGrin
Lovely captures Colleen!
Bo-Kaap loks really wonderful ! Very beautiful colours. I cant pic one,i like all of them ! -------- Wink OK, maybe V6 after all............Grin Jukka.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
9 Oct 2013 6:21PM
Verry colourful set of imagesSmile
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:01PM
Marvellous set, Colleen. Particularly like V2 & V6 Grin

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
9 Oct 2013 7:35PM
Superb colours and patterns

alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 8:14PM
I loved this area when we were there in 2007. A well captued set of graphic images.
What a lovely set Colleen. Love all the different colours. Amazing and love the write up. Cathy
9 Oct 2013 10:06PM
Excellent collection of images of these colourful houses.

kel55 6 8 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 7:04AM
Nice shot Colleen , cropped a bit tighter to fill the full frame with the colours of the buildings works best for me , cool shots
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 8:40AM
A beautiful series Colleen; V5 and V6 my favourites. Thank you for the background information too.

10 Oct 2013 9:54AM
Very cute little houses, Colleen! It is necessary to offer this idea to ​​our mayor ...Smile
Regards Valery
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 2:07PM
COLOUR! A joy to the eye! Grin
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
10 Oct 2013 6:13PM
Very interesting write-up, Colleen, and excellent shots of this colourful neighbourhood! Especially V4 Smile

johncob 8 34 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 8:24PM
Colleen They are a wonderful set of images. A pleasure to look at. Regards John
6 3 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2013 10:21PM
A brilliant write up and brilliant images to match!Grin
12 Oct 2013 3:28PM
Excellent colours, love V5 Smile

John Smile
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Oct 2013 7:39PM
I like the little boy a lot !also no 2 and 4 for the simple composition.
Potra 5 Venezuela
13 Oct 2013 4:57AM
Superb collection of shots. I cannot make up my mind about which one is the best!
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2013 9:40PM
Fascinating. Another extremely strong set of images Colleen, beautifully captured and another set so well worthy of individual uploads. Marvellous.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Oct 2013 12:53PM
What a fabulous array of colourfully painted houses Colleen and a very apt title for your upload.

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