Alright, on to the cities!  I’ve commented many times that I’m not a wildlife photographer (but you can’t come back from Africa without pictures of animals… right?), so I’m happy to be back in my comfort zone this week with landscapes and cityscapes, and in Cape Town, they can be one in the same!  Cape Town was just gorgeous.  In some sense it reminded me of parts of the western United States, but then there was the coast, which seemed completely unfamiliar.  The city has these mountains that surround it on one side, and then the ocean hems it in on the other side.  The result is that there are several places around that look like the picture above, where the houses and buildings have run up the side of the mountain as far as they practically can, and have crept down as close to the ocean as it will allow.  This is the view of Cape Town I wanted to capture and remember.  So beautiful!

On this particular evening, Holly and I spotted a little road with pull-offs, and so we stopped at one for the view.  As the sun was getting very low on the horizon, it cast the most amazing color on everything it touched, and lit the mountains just perfectly.  Exactly what I was hoping for.  The funny part though was above us were all these crazy huge houses, with the most incredible balconies and outdoor areas.  One in particular was buzzing with the sound of people talking and a DJ laying down some solid dance beats, which I couldn’t help but laugh at (it was evidently someone’s birthday).  Here you have this amazing spot, with an incredible sunset… all to the tune of a dance party! Ha!  The more I think about it though, I suppose that’s what happens when landscapes and cityscapes converge.  Stunning scenery… and dancing. 🙂

More next week!

–Dan Thompson

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Cades Cove
Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

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