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UploadedJanuary 6, 2016
TakenJuly 22, 2015
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/400 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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Kalk Bay, South Africa, fishing harbor entrance in wind and rain. The foundations of the harbor were laid in 1913 and the two cast iron beacons that mark the entrance to the protected harbor are cast with 1919.

The harbor is almost completely surrounded by a breakwater to protect the ships from rogue waves which regularly smash ships and sweep shoreline fishermen to their deaths. The entrance to the harbor is narrow and marked on the seaward side with a red beacon and on the landward side with a green beacon. The two sea walls marked by the beacons are maybe 25 meters apart. I shot this standing at the landward beacon looking out into the open bay.

Kalk Bay is on the northeast coast of False Bay on the eastern side of Cape Peninsula in South Africa. The mountains in the distance are from the opposite side of False Bay at Danger Point which is the site of the wreck of the troopship HMS Birkenhead in 1852 which is famous for the captain's command of "women and children first" which saved most of the women and children. Danger Point is the site of more than 140 other known ship wrecks.

False bay is named because in times before longitude was easily calculated, sailors would confuse False Bay with the safe harbor of Table Bay at their peril. Confusing Danger Point with Cape Point, they would sail north and be wrecked on the barely submerged Birkenhead Rock.

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