I must admit that, after viewing the recent horrific events in Japan, I approached the ocean with a small degree of suspicion.
We spent two nights in the old Lighthouse Keeper's house at Diaz Point, a few ks west of Lüderitz. The lighthouse is fully automated now but, the old house (right center in the pic with red wall and car is front of it), has been converted into an accommodation unit.
In the foreground is the camping area, the buildings to the left are all derelict.
There were many ghosts in the house and, indeed, the whole area - more about them in a later post.
There are a few small protected beaches close by, set amongst the rugged rock formations characteristic of this area.
After arrival, it took me only a few minutes to chill completely and, on the second day, I lay down for a few minutes nap and drifted into a deep, three-hour long sleep - it's been awhile since I've felt so refreshed upon awaking.
There were countless photo-ops around the weathered, abandoned buildings. With the mist coming and going the whole world seemed gray at times and pastel shades predominated.
A white sand dune with plant life seemingly climbing to the top boosted by smaller dunes around their bases.
A close-up of one of the plants which, like most of the creatures here, depend on moisture from the mist for their survival.
A seal colony on the small island opposite the lighthouse - it was fascinating to watch them frolic in the sea then try to climb up to drier areas, many of the smaller ones having to make numerous attempts after being washed off the rocks by big waves.
A crayfish boat passes, bringing back memories of when, in my youth, I'd worked on these vessels for a year.
This is so different to my normal environment - I spent a lot of time exploring rock pools.
The coastline here is rugged and forbidding - above is a 50cm thick quarts wall, exposed as a result of the weathering of the softer rock around it.
This wall, the colors in the surrounding rock and sand, the mist and a number of big round weathered quartz boulders combined to give this spot a distinctly magical aura - rocks of ages.
Flamingos wade in the shallow water - they would not allow me to approach too close.
There were also many Dolphins feeding - a bit too far to get a decent image.
This video mirrors my vibe right now - The two days I spent here were invigorating and relaxing at the same time and I wonder why I haven't done it more often - that old cliché "a change is as good as a holiday" is true ... I feel refreshed after my visit to The Sea.
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Colonial Architecture Of Lüderitz
Succulents On The Desert Coastline