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DEVIL'S PEAK

A striking feature of Table Mountain is Devil's Peak which stands like a pointed fang between the Eastern and Northern flanks of Table Mountain and divides them at a sharp angle just like a cornerstone.

Devil's Peak is about 1,000 metres high and is a very good place to look out over Table Bay and False Bay.

There are other stories about how Devil's Peak got its name and the one below is about the dividing devil.

 

Bright sunlit distant view of Table Mountain, east side, as the cloud table cloth is being laid over the buttresses with Devil's Peak clearly shown tall and on its own with misty cloud slightly covering its peak.
Clouds rolling over the east side of Table Mountain towards Devil's Peak.

evil's Peak like a burning coal under warm orange red sunrise light.
Devil's Peak at sunrise.

Devil's Peak aglow and beautifully menacing under warm early morning sunlight.

Devil's Peak under cool blue grey light showing green clad sandstone rocky outcrop layers.

Devil's Peak stands alone rising out of Newlands forest as a group of Red Wing Starlings flutter around in the distance.
Devil's Peak and Red Wing Starlings.

a closer view of the sandstone layers on Devil's Peak lit by a yellow orange light from early morning sunlight.
The peak of Devil's Peak.

Mountain slope horizon of Devils Pealk in warm yellow sunlight and soft green shadows under early morning sunlight.

Close up view of the sandstone layers showing uneven levels from previous upheavals of the sedimentary layers.

Closer view of the vegetation growing on the slopes of Devil's Peak which shows clumps of trees grown crooked by being constantly windswept.
Interesting in this view how almost all of the trees appear to be growing crooked on Devil's Peak.

 

It could be said of South Africa's awful racially segregated past that Devil's Peak is representative of a once immovable obstacle that has been overcome.

However, today, reinvestment in restitution and reparation payment has been shamefully slow in being realized from those moneyed individuals and commercial institutions that profited most from the past and still hold most of the financial cards inside and outside South Africa.

As a matter of fact, those individuals and institutions who have the most to give also have the most to gain from completely leveling the Devil's Peak of inequality.

The mystical Face on Table Mountain is an uplifting sign for South Africa, and probably also for the rest of the world, particularly in these days of our lives that are still left to us to decide.

 

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