The Dorob National Park is a surf angler’s dream location. The rugged coastline is a prime location for rock and surf angling. The Benguela Current washes up against the Namibian shore making is one of the most nutrient rich and prolific fishing areas. The 200 km stretch from the Swakop to the Ugab River is one of the most accessible parts of a largely desolate coastline. The fishing hot spots are often named by their distance to Swakopmund such as Mile 14 Mile 72 and Mile 108. This shot was taken at Mile 14. We have been here many times and over the years the facilities have fallen into the sea because of coastal erosion. First the built-in BBQ’s disappeared and now the ‘long-drop’ toilets are collapsing into the sea. In this shot you can see a toilet perched precariously above the beach. By the time we left it had collapsed!
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krzychu30 (15332) 2014-02-10 0:55
the erosion is clearly visible here.Looks like you had a luck to "immortalize" this toilet before it collapsed.But despite this destructive imapct of nature,it´s really beautiful part of the coastline.
But what I like the most about the shot is this unique,dramatic atmosphere you were able to capture and convey here so well.
Have a nice day
macjake (52014) 2014-02-10 0:55
so you're telling me this place is eroding that quickly?! good thing there was nobody in that toilet!
or maybe there was haha
I guess thats why there aren't any fishermen here either? any homes close by on the right?
Mother Nature ALWAYS wins over time...we can't fight that.
great reportage photo from Namibia
Romano46 (16578) 2014-02-10 1:23
sono un amante dei tuoi paesaggi della Namibia.
Mi piacciono queste distese desertiche ricche di colore e di natura selvaggia.
Bella in questala quasi uniformità di colore del cielo e del mare contrapposto alla desertica bellezza della terra.
Ciao e buona settimana
snunney (79491) 2014-02-10 2:07
A long-drop toilet sounds very exotic:-) It makes an interesting and most unusual focal point in this well composed image. I like the point of view and the division of sea and land, which makes for some excellent tonal and textural contrasts.
holmertz (37011) 2014-02-10 2:19
What a strange and desolate place, with a rather eerie atmosphere. It makes me feel a bit uneasy to read about he quick erosion and the disappearance of the toilets :-). Let's hope nobody was inside that little building when it collapsed. Although this may not be the most beautiful spot in Africa it's interesting to watch and to read about it. Natur may be rough and unwelcoming, but your composition with its diagonals and mild colours is very harmonious.
timecapturer (45107) 2014-02-10 3:28
a fascinating shot this, especially after reading your accompanying notes. One of the real tragedies of the recent storms has been the amount of coastal erosion and damage caused by the waves here. Some of the arches and wonderful rock formations have been completely destroyed and some beaches totally stripped of shingle. Proof positive of our ever changing planet and supposed climate change I guess. An educational and wonderful piece of imagery. Just hope nobody was using the facilities ;-)
Have a good week - B.
Noel_Byrne (20694) 2014-02-10 5:09
Now that's erosion in motion! This collapsed before you left? Wow. Just goes to show the power of the sea I guess, it may look gentle and welcoming but it doesn't take too many years before its power becomes apparent. Here in Ireland we have lost a couple of castles to the sea over the past while as a result of the heavy storms.
I love the colors you have captured here too, the tones of the earth look superb against the soft blue of the sea and sky.
Thanks as always
John_F_Kennedy (42006) 2014-02-10 5:34
Your composition is fine showing the beach from a nice POV that gives the shot nice depth.
Sergiom (54377) 2014-02-10 5:37
Une très belle ligne de fuite dans cette composition très profonde.La mer est belle et tumultueuse et les pêcheurs se font très rare dans ce paysage de bout du monde.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-10 6:57
it is quite courageous picture with toilet facility on the beach to be a main object, but I have to admit that I like it. Its colors somehow make it blend into the scene very well and it looks very much like a part of the landscape.
The color of the shore contrasts nicely with the rest of the sea.
Good sharpness, well given colors and contrast.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening
saxo042 (36904) 2014-02-10 8:27
The thin that separates the continent from the ocean seems to be very straight and sharp here as it provides a very clear diagonal in your picture. Colours on each side of this line are very good. Interesting to see a toilet balancing on the edge here, it does not look particularly safe for the users...
tyro (18564) 2014-02-10 9:52
You have again written a very interesting and informative note and I just had to smile when I read about "long drop" toilets, the things we so often see in old castles here. But this one looks a bit more precarious than most. I was pleased to read that you weren't availing yourself of the facilities when it collapsed - that would have been even more distressing than the time I remember your telling me about when you were "caught short" by the overly close proximity of a lion!
A very simple and effective composition with light and colours which are a good deal softer than we are used to seeing in many of your photographs of Namibia, presumably because of quite extensive cloud cover this day. But again your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are, as always, exquisite.
batalay (34715) 2014-02-10 10:49
The photo and note comprise a useful package for Trekearth. I an afraid I had never heard of Erongo before. It is a desolate corner of the planet. I see that you shot the photo just two weeks ago. I imagine the outhouse perched on the edge has disappeared, or will soon disappear. It is difficult to tell the height of the precipice, however.
corjan3 (2025) 2014-02-10 10:56
You took what was before you and turned it into a very pleasing image with your very good exposure control and your feel for composition. How about cropping a little just to bring the horizon up to a third from the top? But a real pleasure to view. The rock looks like a fairly recently deposited marl (cannot be very sure)rather than the much more resistant components of the metamorphic Damara Supergroup and will therefore erode quite readily. A real pleasure to view.
PS: I never visited Mile 14 but turned off the salt road to Mile 72, not very far short of Cape Cross, a few times when there were a lot of tents pitched and active fishing going on over the New Year period. Stayed in a tent close to Cape Cross for three months. So, special sentiment about that place.
carlo62 (27512) 2014-02-10 13:36
una diagonale dettata dall'incontro tra il mare e la terra, che crea profondità e fa correre l'occhio fino all'infinito.
Ottimo scatto, come sempre.
lousat (72181) 2014-02-10 14:38
Hi Rosemary,what a sensation of peace and quiet in this pic,truly beautiful,minimalistic and essential and made with a top class and quality,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (39482) 2014-02-10 21:12
Erosion in Process ...
It's quite frightening how quickly the coastline is being eroded slowly away which clearly highlights the power of the ever encroaching sea which seems to have "tidied" the appearance of defenceless coastline. That sad looking tiny hut is all that remains stretched right out into the sea awaiting its demise! The composition works well, with diagonals split between sky and land stretching the immense depth to the horizon indicating its desolation.
You managed the diffuse light really well and the darker sky suits the mood boosting the overall contrast superbly with excellent full range of light and dark tones. This is a great documentary - reportage shot to give it an attractive appearance despite the destruction. Isn't it pure irony that something so devastated can be beautiful too but it also really makes us think about global warming etc. Great photo works much appreciated in particular your excellent infor notes. Fabulous
Nicou (116170) 2014-02-11 1:11
quelles vague et iamge sueprbe ce blanc et cle bleu avec le découpage de la plage de sable cette immensité sueprbe panorama et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
annjackman (17751) 2014-02-11 1:49
A well timed photograph before the 'facilities' crashed into the sea. A lovely simple shot with a story to enjoy. I lke the soft colours and the sense of desertion about this image.
warm Regards, Ann
p.s. you are probably following the flooding (and coastal erosion) stories in the south and west of England. Now the Thames Valley is in very serious trouble as well as the Somerset Levels. We are so lucky to live up a small hill in the West Sussex/Surrey borders and therefore don't get affected by the River Arun which is frequently flooding.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-02-15 8:31
Another beautiful landscape from you.
This is amazing scene, excellent composition,