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Sunrise on False Bay, South Africa

One of the advantages of being severely jetlagged after a long flight is that I’m often up before the sun rises, and asleep not much later after the sun sets. It’s great for witnessing sunrises that I would never otherwise have seen.


On a recent trip to Cape Town, we had the alarm set for an ungodly hour so that we could make it to Simon’s Town in time to catch our boat. We had booked a shark diving trip that left at the crack of dawn – supposedly the best time to see shark activity.

After a quick briefing, during which I found that the water would be a chilly 10C and we would only have a 5mm wetsuit to protect us against the elements, I decided not to go into the water. Any shark viewing would have to be from the top deck of the boat for me. All the better for photography anyway.

We headed out to Seal Island in the middle of False Bay, enjoying a beautiful sunrise on the way. Seals are one of the Great White Shark’s favourite meals, and we were hoping to see some predation activity. We had been warned, however, that it was an unexpectedly quiet period due to an increased number of killer whales hanging around, and their favourite meal is the Great White Shark.

Unfortunately, the hunt for sharks turned out to be a very expensive seal-watching trip. Not even a hint of a dorsal fin peaked out of the water. The seals, however, got to enjoy a nice shark-free frolic.

After a very long time spent hopefully bobbing around Seal Island, we admitted defeat and headed home.


Hand-feeding seagulls

At least we got some entertainment when one of the crew hand-fed a seagull!

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage.

Some of my favourite posts on this theme include:


11 comments on “Sunrise on False Bay, South Africa

  1. Sumyanna
    July 16, 2017

    Beautiful photos!

    • Penne Cole
      July 16, 2017

      Thanks! Can’t take all the credit, though – pretty easy to take some awesome shots in False Bay!

      • Sumyanna
        July 16, 2017

        Here’s to those places that make it easy! 🙂

      • James
        July 17, 2017

        Agreed. Penne has an eye for finding those places. (Smile)

      • Penne Cole
        July 17, 2017

        Aww thanks James!

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  4. boon.bron
    July 17, 2017

    Beautiful photos, sorry you didn’t get to see the sharks.

    • Penne Cole
      July 17, 2017

      Thanks! Yeah no sharks was definitely a disappointment 😞

  5. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    July 20, 2017

    Wow, those colors are absolutely unreal. Such stunning photos- They look almost like paintings!

    • Penne Cole
      July 25, 2017

      Aww thanks Hannah! It was a really beautiful morning. Definitely worth waking up so early.

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