Photo Submission by Christoph Fischer on Oct 22, 2012 - 08:10
About the Shot
This image conveys the rugged dramatic coast line of Cape Point Nature Reserve in South Africa's Cape Peninsula, which is in stark contrast to the gentle plains that roll inlands from the coastal mountains. It was New Year's Eve and gale force winds were coming in from the ocean. I crouched as I came closer to my outlook point, and tried to stay away from the edge so that sudden gusts in the wrong direction would not blow me down the cliff face. Although the wind was screaming in my ears, it was a scene of serenity and breathtaking majesty. To my delight, as the sun set on the other side of the peninsula, the radiating clouds turned a beautiful pink and wonderfully complemented this scene. In the background the viewer can see humid ocean air turning into clouds at the coastal mountain peaks, which then are blown inland over the fynbos covered plains. I chose the longest possible shutter speed, in order to smoothen out the wild waves crashing against the shoreline. I left, knowing that I had born witness to one of those breathtaking scenes that occur somewhere on this planet every day.