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    Posted August 1, 2014 by
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    Slangkop Lighthouse At Dusk

    I was in South Africa a few years ago primarily to photograph great white sharks, but did some other sightseeing trips as well. The Slangkop (Afrikanns for “snake head”) Lighthouse is located in a small natural and rocky inlet by the village of Kommetjie, which is near Cape Town and about halfway down the West Atlantic coastline of the Cape Peninsula.

    Completed in 1919, the Slangkop Lighthouse became fully automated in 1979. The tower is about 100 feet tall and its light can be seen 33 nautical miles out to sea.

    I arrived around sunset and in this image chose to emphasize the beautiful “afterglow” light and surrounding area, in addition to the lighthouse and caretaker’s building. The rocky surf zone is thick with the dark fronds of giant kelp plants.

    Photo: Ken Howard

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