Following on from my last upload here you can see a before and after post of the demise of the ‘long-drop’ at Mile 14. For those of you who live in the civilized world with flush loos a ‘long drop’ is an Australian term for a toilet consisting of a deep hole in the ground with a toilet seat above it. Often used in camping sites where there is no plumbing. Mile 14 was a favourite camping site before the sea began to consume the facilities and during the December holidays the place would be wall-to-wall tent city with some people camping for 4 weeks.
The Dorob National Park is an 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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mesutilgim (97732) 2014-02-11 2:43
Another nce capture from Namibia with good pov and layout.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-11 2:49
a story in imagery this, and one that I can identify with at present with another storm raging outside :-(. This one gives us a clear idea of nature's relentless force, and how many other of these little loos are destined to go the way of this one. Fascinating image and tinged with sadness too.
Regards - B.
Noel_Byrne (33730) 2014-02-11 2:56
the demise of the convenience, this is a first for me to see! Certainly I've seen them close when they become obsolete but never falling into the sea :) This is a very interesting post showing in detail the effect of erosion. I can't help but think of those comedy scenes where a man in a portable On a building site gets picked up by a crane, I sure hope this place was empty
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2014-02-11 3:26
Wonderful seascape with this house waiting for taking a bath. Superb POV and composition
dta (82960) 2014-02-11 3:32
Hello rosemary ,
Tu as parfaitement capturé la mort de ces belles constructions ! Assurément , elles n'étaient pas aux normes écoliques actuelles ;) . Très belle image aux teintes douces par ce temps couvert .
delpeoples (59880) 2014-02-11 3:49
This, together with your WS, certainly puts the "drop" in "long drop", doesn't it? One minute it's teetering on the edge, the next, toppled into the sea. Wow. And the dominance of all those grey tones really contribute to the sense of isolation and coastal ruggedness. I love the contrast between the greys and the earth colours. Lucky you out running around with your camera, rather than sitting on the "throne" at the time. A decisive moment indeed. Well shot.
Sergiom (89275) 2014-02-11 3:54
Une belle histoire surtout lorsque l'on voit la fin dans ton workshop.Je crois que la cabane ne tenait plus que par un cheveu lors de ton passage. J'aime beaucoup la texture de cette image.
papagolf21 (110378) 2014-02-11 4:13
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Les éléments naturels ne font pas de cadeaux !
Les photos évoquent bien les effets de la marche inexorable de l'Océan sur la Terre !
Très bon sujet.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-11 6:36
il soggetto è del tutto fuori della norma e stupisce che si possa essere arrivati a fre una simile costruzione direttamente a contatto con la riva del mare e con le onde.
Nello stesso tempo per te è l'occasione per fare una fotografia alquanto deliziosa per i colori e di scrivere una nota garbata.
Ciao e buona giornata
jurek1951 (42198) 2014-02-11 8:01
a splendid photo with beautiful composition and attractive colours, great atmosphere,
serp2000 (45970) 2014-02-11 9:56
Oh, yeah! Excellent double post, Rosemary. Funny contribution to the toilet theme on the TE. Amazing report, but it is very strange idea for the toilet on the beach indeed.
All the best wishes from the Olympic country ))
ktanska (29469) 2014-02-11 11:53
You have already chosen five categories for this, But this would fit to Decisive moment too! I hope they were marked as Out of Service! I didn't know erosion is significant over there but come to think of it that makes sense. Good framing and one can clearly see what is about to happen.
COSTANTINO (70230) 2014-02-11 11:55
no comments one shot is one thousand words
strange composition and fascinating together
your are very lucky to take this shot the
carlo62 (55752) 2014-02-11 15:01
l'erosione del mare ha raggiunto dei livelli molto alti, visto da questa documentazione.
Una cosa impressionante anche per il breve tempo (immagino) con cui è successo.
La foto è molto particolare, di tratta di un documento, non proprio qualcosa di artistico, ma una situazione da condividere.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-11 18:06
interesting. It is interesting. Nice presentation of this 'not so looking good' but 'great utility' rooms... Excellent background view. The workshop view may be painfull for someone who want those but hope some alternatives are there. Nice catch and interesting presentation.
Have a nice time.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-12 0:44
I would never thought,that deserted toilets can be so picturesque subject for photography.
But your composition and especially the way you processed the image(its graphics is just magnificent!)makes the scene really beautiful and unique.
And your WS photo shows us sad end of this formerly lively camping site.
Have a nice day
Nicou (152062) 2014-02-12 1:22
quel ensemble avec le WS sueprbe on la voit pour la dernière fois debout, pui elle a tété mangée par la mer et les vague quelle force de la nature cette mer qui mange les côtes.
Bravo et amitié
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-12 4:09
I have read your note with interest and found it sometimes very funny :-) Still these toilets are absolutely civilized compared to Chinese ones where there is no door and the cabins do not have walls in between. That result maybe in better social life but I had a difficulty to get used to them.
I like this unusual subject for the picture and the actual result. The scene is quite picturesque with all its blue and brown shades.
And there is nice contrast between static part of the composition (the land) and more dynamic sea.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
dekanski (6110) 2014-02-12 13:23
I guessed what was in the WS based on the title, and yesterday's photos. Whole little story about the toilets!
In addition, the photos are good, this one maybe the best!
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-12 13:29
The power of the sea hey, I see the fisherman have other loos to use.
Great Pov, so we view the fisherman and the destruction of this coast line.
We are having a bad time on our coast with Surge tides combined with gale force winds, 105 mph, recorded today in some part of the UK.
abmdsudi (58262) 2014-02-12 19:20
Surprise the paintwork still looks pretty good but a very sad occasion that you've captured the mood very well and this is also a final reminder of how cruel the sea can be. How sad, it's the end of a premature death. It's colourful, well composed and timed to include the breaking wave. Oh well, there is always an end for all and everything.... Well done shot.
jcpix (13950) 2014-02-13 18:45
You did it, I don't know how...but you did it, you've made a picture of a toilet interesting! :) If for nothing else, I would would congratulate the originality...but there's still much more to enjoy about this shot.
Even with your main subject garnering most of the attention, it's the small break water that catches my eye...the suggestion being that you were very conscious about the timing of taking this picture. Your strong compositions and detailed execution always shine through...even with an unusual theme. :) Your WS proves that nature always wins...in more ways than one! (Sorry, someimes I just can't control the school boy humor. hehe) Enjoy the weekend ahead. Take good care.
williewhistler (16496) 2014-02-14 11:55
oh I do like this,it reminds me so much of the days of my childhood a long,long time ago when we lived out in the sticks not far from our posh neighbours in the Mill who had a toilet suspended over the river.
It`s a lovely shot,technically perfect and full of fun.
Kind regards Les.
annjackman (21903) 2014-02-15 3:45
A great pair of photos and even better than your last post on these 'long-drops'. Lovely colours. The weather looks unusually cloudy as I am so used to blue skies in your pictures from Namibia.
Kind Regards, Ann
p.s. The weather in the UK was dreadful last night and we had we had another power cut due to exceptionally high winds(but only 10 hours this time and not 3 days as was the case Christmas Eve!).
PaulVDV (32723) 2014-02-16 12:21
That must be a 'direct into the ocean drop'.
I hope nobody was inside when they collapsed.
Apparently the erosion occurs there at an astonishing speed.
Best regards, Paul
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-02-21 23:09
A fisherman told me that he saw you pushing them yourself in the sea, just to forge this "before and after" scenario!... Ah! Rosemary, what Trekearth members wouldn't do to create an impact and to impress the crowd... :-p))
While visiting the coastline and making many stops along the way, we haven't noticed these singular toilets... After the shipwrecks, here comes the toilet wrecks!
Very original presentation of a non-glamourous subject, where the context and occurrence bring all the interest in this scene. The gloomy weather contributes to the visual appeal, halfway between melancholy and ruggedness.
Although there is an undeniable documentary approach to your image, the esthetic value is at the rendezvous.
adores (46419) 2014-03-08 15:14
I just hope there was no one inside! It's a very good shot. Here we're having the same problem in some parts of the coast, but mainly because of the construction. It's impressive how fast the sea is moving and your pov is really good to show it. A very good shot, it makes us a little sad, but it's interesting and the quality is very good also.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-11 2:27