I used to think the Cape of Good Hope was the southernmost point of Africa. I may have been taught that in school, or I possibly misheard. I now know that Cape Agulhas, 158 miles (255 kilometers) away, is the actual southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.
This plaque set in stone marks the spot where the two oceans meet at the tip of the continent.
Nearby, off the coast at Cape Agulhas, is the wreck of the Meisho Maru, a Japanese fishing vessel that ran aground during a storm in 1982.
This coastal lagoon and Atlantic seashore park reminded me of home, even though it’s about 10,000 miles from home (the West Coast that is). It seemed to me like a typical park we might have in the U.S. where you could rent a kayak or go swimming in the ocean.
Colorful kayaks are lined up for rent beside the saltwater marsh.
The lifeguard stand and waterfront are deserted because it is not yet summer. The view of a distant cape is one that you always see in South Africa with its curving coastline and mountains meeting the sea.
This reserve on the shore of the Western Cape, South Africa, features a colony of wild African penguins. These penguins are found in the waters off southern Africa and nest in colonies scattered along the coast. They are an endangered species, having been severely impacted by factors such as oil spills, the sale of their eggs as a delicacy, the use of their guano (which they need to make burrows) as fertilizer, and commercial trade in sardines and anchovies on which they feed.
What do you think they are talking about?
Penguins perch on the rocks lining the shore…..maybe thinking of a dive between crashing waves.
Penguins shelter from the winds that blow spindrift off cresting waves.
Rocks, constantly battered by the sea, are defining features on this Atlantic shore.
An abandoned seaside tower, a remnant of an old whaling station, serves as a sentinel for a colony of cormorants.
A solo cormorant flies across a rock face silhouetted by the churning surf below….
and three cormorants fly in a row farther offshore.
These farms in Guizhou Province, China, are traditional and rural. Our private guide, who took us on hikes from village to village, told us that he played cowboys and indians among the husk stacks as a child.
In the distance are traditional rice terraces, but another ubiquitous crop is the red chili pepper, which you can see drying on porches everywhere.
Rice is grown in broad fields as well as terraces. These fields will be used for other crops, such as canola, once the rice is harvested.
These stately limestone stacks off the southeastern coast of Australia are constantly changing due to erosion. In fact, even the number of stacks is changing but the iconic name is not. Today, only eight Apostles remain in this famous cluster, but many more stacks stand along the coastline.
The bridge across the river in this Chinese provincial capital city is a fitting image for today’s challenge, which has the theme “circles”. To see all of today’s entries, go to Leanne Cole Photography. Better yet, if you like making monochrome images, read the details on Leanne’s post and join us next week!
Finding your favorite boab tree while driving in the Australian outback is not easy – there are so many! You cannot possibly stop and examine all of them to decide. However, when we passed this one I said, “STOP! Turn the car around. I have found my favorite boab.”
The waters of the Indian Ocean lap against the shoreline of this quiet nature reserve in Western Australia. Quiet, that is, until staff bring out buckets of fish and a group of bottlenose dolphins swims up for a snack! Once the dolphins are satisfied, they swim back out to sea.
This meandering river, the Murchison, is one of the longest in Australia. Here it winds through a red rock gorge before flowing into the Indian Ocean. People say the rock formation in the center of the river resembles the head of a hawk.
Just another plain old sunset along the Indian Ocean in Western Australia! Can we take these for granted? Kalbarri is national park along the western shore.