My recent posts have featured Muizenberg, as one would encounter it if you were walking along the boardwalk between Muizenberg and St James. Alternately as you would encounter it as you drove into the large parking area which is normally populated by surfers and beachgoers alike, perhaps in different states of dress or undress :-). Not sure what visions that conjures up for you, but I was referring to surfers getting into or out of their wetsuits, or swimmers drying themselves off before putting some clothing back on. It’s also possible that you would have encountered it as a surfer heading off into the water with their surfboard, or maybe just a parent sitting on the beach have a leisurely read of the weekend newspaper as their kids entertained themselves on the beach.
I guess all of those encounters would give you a different perception of the size of this beach. I think I referred to that fact that this beach has a reputation of having the longest break in the Cape Peninsula, the wave is rideable for approximately 1.5km in a previous blog. To really appreciate the relevance of that, actually requires that you get an overview of the beach, which despite being able to see the horizon at “street level” is not possible until you get higher up. I mentioned the Shark spotters in my last post, and they have a station that is positioned on Boyes drive, which is a road that straddles a hill on the western side of Muizenberg. This drive is particularly busy nowadays as there are ongoing road works on the road that straddles the coastline. The elevated position of the road makes it an ideal vantage point for incredible views, and even whale watching during the season, so it’s not uncommon to see walkers, hikers, cyclists at the various lookout points throughout the year.
The shark spotting station is a regular stopping point for tour buses, offering tourists the perfect photo opportunity. I have stopped there a few times, though rarely when I’ve had my camera with. I recently made a point of stopping there with my camera to capture the amazing view and the actual impact of the size of this beach. Despite how deceptive it may be from below, it is very evident from above how a wave can be rideable for 1.5km. The journey continues………………………………………………………………………………
Todays images are of the beach taken from the shark spotters station on Boyes drive..
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F11, 1/400 sec, FL= 35mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 125, F8.0, 1/640 sec, FL= 18mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 125, F16, 1/80 sec, FL= 110mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 200, F16, 1/200 sec, FL= 190mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 125, F8.0, 1/400 sec, FL= 18mm