In the seal colony in Cape Cross. The of thousands of seal densely lying one by another is really i ncredible. One can observe many funny scenes there. it is a bit smelly place but not so much.
Cape Cross is a small headland in the South Atlantic in Skeleton Coast, western Namibia, 120 km north of Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia.
The Portuguese navigator and explorer Diogo Cão was in 1484 ordered by King João II, as part of the search for a sea route to India and the Spice Islands, to advance south into undiscovered regions along the west coast of Africa. While doing so, he was to choose some particularly salient points and claim them for Portugal by setting up stone crosses called padrãos there.
During his second voyage, in 1484–1486, Cão reached Cape Cross in January 1486, being the first European to visit this area. During this voyage he proceeded ca. 1,400 km farther than during the first one. He is known to have erected two padrãos in the areas beyond his first voyage, one in Monte Negro, and the second at Cape Cross. The current name of the place is derived from this padrão. What can today be found at Cape Cross are two replicas of that first cross.
The inscription on the padrão reads,
In the year 6685 after the creation of the world and 1485 after the birth of Christ, the brilliant, far-sighted King John II of Portugal ordered Diogo Cão, knight of his court, to discover this land and to erect this padrão here.
Today Cape Cross is a protected area owned by the government of Namibia under the name Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world.
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snunney (67254) 2012-10-23 2:43
A very good capture of this pensive seal. Lovely colours and excellent clarity.
SNOOP_Chan (3472) 2012-10-23 3:45
Hello Malgorzata, nice to see more photos from your African trip. Good moment you caught here. I love the relaxed mood in the composition.
krzychu30 (8817) 2012-10-23 3:54
piękne i zarazem zabawne zdjęcie.Ciekawe nad czym tak rozmyslała ta foka?A tak powaznie to znakomicie dostrzegłas wyjątkowość tej sceny.Naprawdę sympatyczna i zabawna scena,swietnie skadrowana.
holmertz (26900) 2012-10-23 4:44
A funny title and a nice picture. The light is very fine and the sharpness on the nearest seals is perfect. The background gives us a good idea of the place.
Sergiom (39148) 2012-10-23 5:51
J'aime beaucoup ce plan serré sur les bêtes qui se réchauffent au soleil. L'image est d'une grande netteté et les éléments bien choisis.
dkmurphys (36737) 2012-10-23 10:41
Wildlife is sure a trademark for Africa. Charming scene, have a nice evening.
bukitgolfb301 (30053) 2012-10-23 14:34
Hi dear Malgo
Wow great nature and dynamic animal shot!
Nice focusing on this big one. Oh ya they are there in Namibia too.
Takero from Tokyo
SnapRJW (18690) 2012-10-23 22:05
Hello Malgo - Isn't Cape Cross amazing with so many seals to watch? I agree it is very smelly and makes your eyes water! I find these creatures difficult to photograph and you have done quite a good job here, your DOF has worked well picking out the large one in the FG and every detail is nice and sharp. I know from experience how strong the light can be but you have managed it well. Don't you love the babies? Have a fine day. Rosemary
jjcordier (62280) 2012-10-23 22:19
Tu as bien isolé la bête en train de faire sa toilette au milieu de ses copines profitant du soleil. le spectacle doit vraiment valoir le coup!
saxo042 (31794) 2012-10-24 0:40
A fine group portrait with all these animals that provide a nice pattern with uniform colours. Interesting view and note.
ktanska (21499) 2012-10-24 12:07
I can imagine that this is a well spotted detail of a much bigger scene with lots of seals. Very well seen and framed. Details are quite clear even on all brown view.
Didi (48882) 2012-10-26 11:43
A nice remake of the Penseur de Rodin
Interesting and very good catch, you were not so far of them.
sacavem (18572) 2012-11-14 3:19
A true National Geographic series :)
Very great nature photo. Well done.