Photography 101: Landmark

Day 7

Table Mountain in the background.
Table Mountain from the Waterfront

We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are — from statues to town squares to corner shops. These landmarks on a map can be famous and instantly recognizable, or sometimes they’re simple markers to help us navigate.

Table mountain Cable
Cable Car
View from Signal Hill

Table Mountain (Afrikaans: Tafelberg) is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is featured in the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia. It is a significant  tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all who fall under its spell including me. 🙂

Lions Head
Lions Head from my back door
Lions Head from my back door


Table Mountain

Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat or car, is the iconic Table Mountain, one of the   7 Wonders of Nature

Photo taken by Alda

The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometers (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lions’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town.dsc04786-800x6001.jpg

Devil’s Peak was originally known as Wind-berg or Charles Mountain. The English term Devil’s Peak is a 19th-century translation from the Dutch Duiwels Kop, and supposedly comes from the folk-tale about a Dutch man called Jan van Hunks, a prodigious pipe smoker who lived at the foot of the mountain circa 1700. He was forced by his wife to leave the house whenever he smoked his pipe. One day, while smoking on the slopes of the peak, he met a mysterious stranger who also smoked. DSC05515They each bragged of how much they smoked and so they fell into a pipe-smoking contest. The stranger turned out to be the Devil and Van Hunks eventually won the contest, but not before the smoke that they had made had covered the mountain, forming the table cloth cloud. DSC05513The story was captured by the 19th century poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in his poem Jan van Hunks (alternatively called The Dutchman’s Wager). Wikipedia


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