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.
Not far outside the coastal city of Cape Town, the countryside changes to mountains, valleys, pastures and farmland.
Plentiful rain keeps the meadows and mountainsides green.
Deep valleys trail off toward the horizon.
Vineyards at the base of a mountain range produce a good crop for wine-making.
Fall is time for harvesting canola.
Rolling hills are adaptable to pasture and farming.
It is always nice to have something in the foreground of your photos. The pilings in the Docklands are perfect for this!
Also in the Docklands, are a marina and Webb Bridge, an artistic walking bridge across the Yarra River.
If you tire of walking, trains are going in, out, and around the city at all times. In this image taken from a bridge over the tracks at Flinders Station, some trains are moving fast enough to become mere streaks in my exposure while in others you can see the people.
The outback of Australia’s Northern Territory is consistently red in color and rather wild to traverse.
Rocks shaped like mushrooms are red and the climate can be the extreme of hot and cold in the course of one day.
Nowhere is there anything but wild vegetation, although “wild” sometimes includes unwanted invasive species.
The best part of “wild” means minimal (almost nonexistent) light pollution and a visible array of stars from the moment night descends on this straight, red dirt road.
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.”
As a Californian familiar with the hot politics of coastal accessibility, I reveled in the wild stretches of Australian beach along the Indian Ocean. This one shows only a slight hint of human habitation.
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.