26.000 x 22.000 x 1.000 inches
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Robben Island From Table Mountain Cape Town South Africa Dawn 2000
Painting - Oils On Canvas
The first daylight hours of the new millennium painted from the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town showing Robben Island in the middle of Table Bay where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Duncan dock enlarged with a new break wall and Signal Hill. This northerly view shows clouds moving west which brought occasional showers later in the day. Doomsday prophets had predicted aircraft falling from the sky and the world's computers all crashing when this fine hour arrived so I wanted to be in my favorite spot in the world when this happened.
I have climbed Table Mountain many times in my youth and have always sworn that I would never take the cable car to the top. However, this was the first time that I rode in the cable car, together with hundreds of others on New Year's Eve in order that we witness the rising sun on the first day of the new millennium over Table Bay and Robben Island. I rode the car for the second time on my way down when light rain started falling, totally ashamed, but finally submitting to the pleasures of technology. My heart was in my throat as we bumped off the face of the mountain at 3652 feet and with a sheer drop into oblivion, skid and slide our way to the bottom of the mountain in a few minutes. A feat that would have taken me over two hours lugging a heavy backpack. This view is that of an eagle high above Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean. Amongst these rugged cliffs overlooking a city with such a colorful history, the cutting winds can tear at one's soul. On quieter days, the beauty here, belies the political tragedy that unfolded in the shadow of its proud peaks and perfectly sculpted shape.
August 25th, 2009
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