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.
Cape Town is surrounded by ocean views and mountain peaks of all shapes and sizes.
In this panorama taken from the summit of flat-topped Table Mountain, you can see a lot: from left to right are Lion’s Head rising above the Atlantic Ocean, Signal Hill, Cape Town Harbor, and Devil’s Peak. In the distance is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 18 years.
A nearby seaside suburb, Camps Bay, is nestled against the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain complex.
From the beach at Bloubergstrand, north of the city on Table Bay, a distant view of the Table Mountain complex dominates the horizon .
Amid the hustle and bustle this time of year, it’s a quiet sunset over the ocean.
There are so many islands surrounding, and belonging to, Scotland that it simply boggles the mind! Here are just a few, in order of distance from mainland Scotland.
This is a topside vista from uninhabited Staffa Island, famous for its caves and basalt columnar formations.
Someone has gotten creative with stones along the beach of Skaill Bay on Mainland Island, Orkneys.
Waves are crashing onto the shore of Stenness Beach, Shetlands.
I photographed three pairs of icebergs floating in the Lemaire Channel off the Antarctic Peninsula. But are they gently passing one another, or near the point of collision?
Of this pair, one resembles a serving of soft ice cream and the other is a study in perspective with the tiny specks on top actually being penguins!
Although we often think of icebergs as being white, they also come in many shades of blue and green. Their colors depend on the composition of the ice including factors such as air bubbles, organic and inorganic matter, and whether the iceberg is composed of seawater or rainwater.
These two glide through the water, seemingly in opposite directions and perilously close together. Since over 90% of each berg is under water, are they already colliding?
Can you feel the chill? It’s a cloudy day and the waters surrounding South Georgia Island are icy cold.
Our boat enters the protected waters of the Drygalski Fjord, a long, mile-wide bay cutting into the island.
Glacial ice empties into the fjord, and occasionally large chunks of ice break off or “calve” into the sea.
On Canada’s Prince Edward Island, the waters of this salt marsh wind through a maze of grasses, eventually merging with the sea.
These four images may be the very last ones of penguins that I ever post! Have I said that before?
These penguins, mostly Gentoos, huddle together against the swirling sand of the Falkland Islands.
These stately King penguins are taking a stroll along the shore of South Georgia Island.
Can anyone figure out why this penguin is named a Chinstrap?
And last, but certainly not least, this King penguin chick is not yet ready to learn what will become its most amazing skill: swimming.
First it has to lose the hair!