WPC: Horizon

This week’s photo challenge is “Horizon” – The space or line where the sky meets the earth. So many places where the sky meets the earth around the world, and millions of interactions between two elements. It can be water, a city skyline, a forest, a wasteland, a desert, a sunset outside your bedroom window. Is there a particular horizon which speaks to you? Visit the link here to find out more on the subject.

Sunrise over False Bay.
Sunrise over False Bay.
Some horizons appear expansive, especially over the ocean, but here in False Bay the mountains define an edge. I’m drawn to this eastward view looking towards the Hottentot Holland range where a magician conjures up the magic of dawn. Sometimes morning comes thundering in, filling the sky in unbelievably rich hues. Other days it just pops up in a sparkle. Light plays a part too. At times a crystal-like quality brings out every wrinkle in the mountains weathered hide. Then there are days where the colours recede into a cloud-blue cocoon.
Mist shrouded,  cloud wreathed.
Mist shrouded, cloud wreathed.

Looking out over the bay towards the same distant mountains is one of the peninsula’s baboons. They are trapped in confined areas, their movements curtailed by urban sprawl and no longer able to wander at will. I often wonder about the call of the ‘wild’ baboon.
Merlin looks across the bay towards the distant mountains.
Merlin looks across the bay towards the distant mountains.

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19 thoughts on “WPC: Horizon

    1. It’s quite a curious situation, where the baboons on the peninsula are ‘protected’ (as long as they conform to a set regulation of behaviour), whereas the wild baboons are not. Once they are deemed ‘raiders’ or become aggressive, then they are euthanised. As a species we’re informed that the baboons aren’t endangered, although the population here on the peninsula is small – around 475. There is a management strategy to keep them away from the urban edge and to drive them back onto the mountain. Although the troops within the Cape Point Reserve are assured their spot on the peninsula the remaining troops outside are in quite a tenuous position. I think it comes down to an ethical question if their lives are so compromised, would it not be better for them all to be culled? I hope it never comes to that, as they’re an iconic part of Table Mountain.

    1. Thanks for the comments Ann-Christine, and perceptive too. Every now and then a dispersing male baboon tries to make it through the urban sprawl to the yonder mountains, but they get caught up in the snarl of motorways, rail tracks, suburbs. So many of our wild creatures are curtailed to reduced habitats…

    1. You’re spot on Sid…. although there are wild baboons in the mountains, the Peninsula baboons are restricted in their movements. Some of the males have tried to disperse through the urban sprawl but get caught up in the city. They’re captured and either ‘euthanised’ or relocated back to another area on the Peninsula. There’s a policy not to relocate them into the country or near wild populations as they can carry human pathogens through rummaging through litter, waste bins, and at one point it was feared they had contracted TB (although thankfully that appears not to be the case). Our transformed landscapes present dangerous obstacles for wild creatures with dispersal / migratory instincts.

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