Saturday, April 10, 2010

Seagulls in Randfontein - Maree

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said, ”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”
- From Jonathan Livingstone Seagull

Seagulls in Randfontein - a quick watercolour study in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook 8" x 5.5"

Not far from us, about 22km, lies the gold mining town of Randfontein, about 45 km west of Johannesburg. With the Witwatersrand gold rush in full swing in 1889, mining financier JB Robinson bought the farm Randfontein and floated the Randfontein Estates Gold Mining Company. The town was established in 1890 to serve the new mine and was administered by Krugersdorp until it became a municipality in 1929.

(If you click on the "Randfontein" link, you will also see the Hartebeespoort Dam area on the left of the map, my favourite sketching spot, and where it is situated from where I live in Krugersdorp.)

We visited Randfontein yesterday, and what amazes me about this town is the fact that you can find flocks of Seagulls there, 600km from the coast! I've tried to track the history of how these birds could have landed up there, but to no avail - I have now contacted the Randfontein Publicity Association to see if they might have some information.


  1. I just love this Maree. The composition is wonderful!

  2. Such simple brushwork and colour - beautiful. Thanks for the extra info - amazing to find the seagulls so far inland.

  3. NICELY done, Maree, and I like the map included...nice touch! We have seagulls here too, they're SUCH opportunists...and we have lakes and rivers.

    Did you know that the state bird of Utah is the seagull? That's inland, too...

  4. Thanks Alissa, the mystery yet to be resolved!

  5. Thank you Cathy, and by "opportunists" I'm sure you mean 'pests'! Everywhere here at the coast there are signs that sy "Plse don't feed seagulls", apparently it costs a fortune to clean up their mess, and I'm constantly in trouble whenever I'm at the coast!

    I see on the map Utah is 2 states removed from the coast - does ANYBODY know how these birds land up so far inland?


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