If one wants to take photographs of the sunset from the top of Table Mountain during the winter months, one is limited to a fairly short period when the sun sets before 18h00. This is because the last cable car down from the mountain departs at that time.
On Friday (two days before the winter solstice), Jacqui and I took the trip up the mountain, specifically to watch and photograph the sunset. The Friday morning was very clear, but when we went up in the late afternoon it had already become a bit hazy, so a lot of the distance shots unfortunately didn't come out.
However, we were admiring the view and enjoying a quiet glass of sparkling wine at a spot quite close to where this young lady had settled down for a short period of reflection and meditation. She saw me taking photos of her and obviously didn’t mind – maybe she knew I would end up with a special photo that would turn out to be one of my all-time favourites. She looks so peaceful and serene there and the rays from the setting sun just add that something extra to the whole scene. So imagine yourself there, 1085 metres above sea level, not a breath of wind, cool but not cold, with a view to die for - bliss.
One can't really get a sense of how high up we were, but tomorrow's post will give a better perspective. In the distance, one can see the Atlantic Ocean.
Shortly after I had finished taking my photos, the lady came down from the rock, handed me her camera, and then asked me to take a few photos of her sitting there. I hope they came out as nicely for her as this one did for me.
Title from the song by The Carpenters
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