After a day of continual rain and wind, late afternoon saw the weather break and the sun made an appearance through the clouds. This shot was taken at Cape Columbine, a nature reserve just south of Paternoster.
The reserve at Cape Columbine, named for a ship wrecked on the coast, lies on a peninsular and covers 263 hectares of wild, rocky coastline. Declared a nature reserve only in 1973,. There is no development in the reserve save for the last manned lighthouse in South Africa. Huge round, pink granite rocks sit just inside the bays and t thick layers of black mussel shells line the beaches. Sea birds make their nests here and whales can be spotted out at sea. Vegetation is typical West Coast veld and ranges from West Coast fynbos to Succulent Karoo. In spring the area is transformed into a multi-hued tapestry of wild flowers.
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JFS (32459) 2012-10-08 22:48
Your image is so nice and clean that looks like unreal. The light is magic too. A top class shot!
jjcordier (77488) 2012-10-08 23:07
La lumière magique crée une superbe atmosphère sur ce paysage côtier et ce tapis d'oiseaux de mer en premier plan est vraiment incroyable.
ifege (10225) 2012-10-09 0:21
Great composition with some good drama with the dark cl;ouds over the sunny, colourful rocks. Well done.
wolf38 (31282) 2012-10-09 1:14
Hello Rosemary. A photo from the beach. Rocks, water, waves and clouds give a dramatic touch. Good technical quality. Even the lighting is very well presented. Very nice.
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-10-09 1:20
your picture conveys perfectly the beauty of this place.I like especially this amazing light here,which creates so nice and unique mood.The rough sea,stormy and dramatic sky and beautiful light coming through the clouds.Captivating combination.Apart from this amazing light also colors you captured are delightful and well-saturated.
Have a nice day
snunney (86484) 2012-10-09 1:45
The light is indeed quite magical and gives the image the allure of an oil painting by one of the Old Masters. The shot is well composed and I like very much the low viewpoint and the sense of movement in the ocean. Clarity is first class.
yquem46 (38746) 2012-10-09 1:56
Nice high contrast, high saturation shot
Gorgeous light welcome to peer out of the dark threatening sky
Impressive carpet of mussels at the FG
Bravo. Have a nice day
Royaldevon (31331) 2012-10-09 2:24
Good Morning Rosemary,
I have to sympathise with your problems with the weather. We have found this to be a very difficult year for photohraphy, with perpetual rain and very poor light. Septembe, usually wonderful for soft light, has been a washout!
However, your wait has paid off. The light is lovely, peeping through the clouds and highlighting the rocks in the f/g. The musselshells make a good textural f/g, contrasting well with the other elements of of rocks and the pounding sea.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-09 3:21
dramatic yet calming seascape this. I love the fg detailing, all those muscle shells look wonderful. Exquitse light management and a striking presentation.
Regards - Brian.
tyro (20958) 2012-10-09 3:33
With all those mussel shells on the beach, I can understand why there is a thriving seabird community here. A very interesting note.
And a very fine photograph with the mosty delicious oblique lighting which "sculpts" those lovely pink rocks so very well and brings out all their wonderful textures. A heavy sky above and a turbulent sea add to the drama of this photograph with its strong contrasts, vibrant colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
dta (68846) 2012-10-09 3:49
hello Rosemary ,
A good place to fish mussels ! A splendid view of the wild caostline . The terxture and teh colors of ther ocks are superb . The light and the sky , too .
Sergiom (62954) 2012-10-09 5:20
J'aime beaucoup la construction de l'image. Les beaux rochers à l'avant plan reçoivent toute la lumière disponible et les nuages gris apportent une touche dramatique à l'ensemble.
Noel_Byrne (25748) 2012-10-09 5:23
I love the light here, you can see it hitting the rocks through the areas of broken cloud and illuminating them beautifully. Lovely composition, and as rough as the sea looks, it looks very inviting too.
All the best
pajaran (53334) 2012-10-09 6:31
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, trenutak sa talasima i oblacima koji donose kisu.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, timing with the waves and the clouds that bring rain.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-09 7:56
Lovely shot, Rosemary. The parallels of the waves with the clouds, and then the alternate parallels of the two rock jettys, makes for a nice crosshatch in the shot, while the light is beautiful and reveals rich tones in the rocks. A nice dramatic sky as well here - lovely work.
williewhistler (14791) 2012-10-09 11:01
I do enjoy the drama created by the stormy sky and the waves crashing over the rocks,the scattered pools of light help to lift a very atmospheric shot.
Very well composed with the mussels providing a rather unusual FG.
Best regards Les.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-10-09 11:43
great colours & atmosphere...
lovely sky & also the stones...
very magical & eye-catching view...
excellent sharpness...good POV...
mesutilgim (86688) 2012-10-09 11:49
Another amazing seaside capture from South Africa.
Everything regarding photographic values is here perfect.
The mussel shells in the foreground creates a nic pattern.
I don't know if you had ever a chance to visit my country but those mussels, filled with a rice mixture and boiled in oil, is a much believed deliactesssen in my country.
And thanks to your entries we are laerning Sout Africa and it's beauties.
TFS and have a nice evening.
cebe (1481) 2012-10-09 11:49
A nice dramatic sky combined with beautiful light on the sea and rocks. An unusual bed of mussels in the foreground. This results in a photo with a strong atmosphere. Not really "African-looking" perhaps, but that's here I learn that Africa may look like that too!
marabu61 (8929) 2012-10-09 13:41
Very captivating composition from Cape Columbine. Lovely light on the rock in the foreground, great color in the sea and a dramatic stormy sky, all add up to a really alluring picture.
have a great time
Gigidusud (17005) 2012-10-09 13:54
Fantastic landascape with splendid light and an impressive cloudy sky.Well done!
Thanks for sharing,
RegisMinot (1543) 2012-10-09 15:06
An wonderful light, with great contrast among water and rocks, and a symmetry between the black clouds and the black mussels. Very good composition, sharp and amazing.
delpeoples (53665) 2012-10-09 20:08
HI dear Rosemary
You show this beautiful coast in all its moods, this time wet and wild. I love that green tinge to the sea and the looming grey sky. Yet, you still manage to illuminate the beautiful orange/gold rocks (in fact they remind me a little of Tasmania). The place looks so wild and untouched, a perfect place to go for some free-thinking and a camera.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-10-09 20:33
wow!!! whot a magnificent shot of this seascaping. Very spectacular photo wonderfully executed. I like this dramatic sky and this atmosphere. Perfect shot and perfect photo work. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
COSTANTINO (57295) 2012-10-09 22:47
first shot quality
greetings for this artistic shot
great composition with dramatic
natural tones,mystery and beauty
kordinator (19430) 2012-10-10 1:24
A magnific composition and timing.
Colors are fantastic.
Bravo and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards my friend
dkmurphys (50414) 2012-10-10 5:17
Another very picturesque capture from that amazing country. Lovely colors, well composed scene.
Have a fine day.
macjake (57888) 2012-10-10 10:50
This looks like a TE meeting with Lisa! lol
amazing to see all those black mussel shells lining the beach! How the heck do you walk on that!!
and now i'm wondering what the smell is like too?
Its great to see the contrasting textures of smoothness and roughness all over the place.
wonderful atmospheric conditions too.
Silvio1953 (125685) 2012-10-14 3:21
Ciao Rosemary, fascinating sea view with fantastic sky, lovely atmosphere, splendid light and wonderful soft colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
mjw364 (7512) 2012-10-15 14:01
What a great shot. Perfect exposure and clarity and lovely warm colours. Love the sky too - it reminds me of my Wales shots!
AROBN54 (11473) 2013-07-22 16:13
what a pleasure it was to look through your photos. The light in this one is simply brilliant. Wonderfully composed, marvelous clear colors, great detail. I love that moody looking sky and the waves washing ashore. That is just madly beautiful. Many thanks and kindest wishes,