At times the elements conspire in perfect harmony to produce exquisite serenity. The harsh wind retreats and the sea wallows quietly:
In the scene below Venus Pool lies unruffled in a silken sheen.
Conditions can change quickly though and the Atlantic Ocean can push up in rambunctious form with that devillish “Cape Doctor”, the southeasterly wind and the full moon spring tides. Sometimes it also drives low cloud scudding across the Peninsula in a ‘black’ mood and cloaks the mountains in a foggy blanket of moisture. On one such morning, we stand and watch in awe as waves come belting out of the ocean in a heart thumping rhythm smashing into the rocky ledges. It’s as if Mother Nature lifts up her skirts to dance a fandango. Two swimmers enter the pool and in a daring dash of defiance in the face of such raw power, they sprint across and back to safety. Whatever it is, this sense of ebullience, we leave feeling high on elation.
WPC: Variations on a theme – tying into the moods of the sea.
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Vegetation regenerated 2018
Two different views comparing the barren landscape ravaged by fire with scenes showing the growth and colours of the regenerated vegetation.
Cape of Good Hope from Hoek van Bobbejaan.
This scene was an easy choice as my favourite shot of the year! It lacks in photographic technique and neither is it a good composition, but rather it speaks in an existential sense – a wild untrammelled spirit ; flying along, unfettered, free. It’s also unusual in that the Cape Mountain zebra are a species associated with mountains, and to have recorded this scene on the beach is (i think) a personal shot of a lifetime. I posted it after the devastating storm in June and wrote about it here.
Twilight in Southern Africa is a short affair – 45 minutes after sunset and evening rustles in. As birds and animals come in to roost there’s a gradual lessening of ‘chirp’. Here at the Kunene River Lodge the wind subsides and the water takes on a heavenly appearance to perfectly reflect the sky and clouds. It is remarkably serene – for about 15 minutes before the night chorus cranks up. Cicadas, crickets, frogs, night jars all tune up and deafen the night in syncopated symphony.
Precious water after a rainstorm quickly evaporates in the heat of the day. The landscape is in Namibia where the day time temperature soars up to 40* C and above.