This post is for the #wednesdaywalk challenge and the #makemesmile challenge collaboration. This collaboration initially took place once a month, but due to its popularity, @tattoodjay (of the #wednesdaywalk) and @elizacheng (of #makemesmile) decided to make it a weekly thing.
Last weekend I planned to get some photos of the sun rising over the ocean... but the weather didn't play along.
We left home on Sunday morning at about 4 am. It was still dark and it was misty. At times there was even a bit of "misty" drizzling rain coming down...
I decided to give it a go anyway, in the hope that it would slightly clear up in time and that we would be able to at least get a glimpse of the sun. The sun was expected to appear just before 5 am. So, the first signs of daylight start appearing from about 4:30 am.
I wanted to take photos in the area of the Ku D'Ta Pier. The pier is situated right next to Point Beach in Durban, South Africa. To the left of the pier is Ushaka Beach and to the right is Point Beach.
The plan was to park at Ushaka Beach. But, as we arrived in the area, we found that all the roads giving access to all the main beaches along the Golden Mile were closed off. This means that, with the holiday season coming in December, they are already planning to transport people in their masses via taxis and buses to the beaches along the Golden Mile in Durban... And that is exactly why you won't find us anywhere near that area from now on.
Due to the roads being blocked, I drove through the Point area, taking a little detour, and we approached the pier from the opposite side.
I parked our car on the opposite side of Ushaka Marine World, in Point, next the the Point Waterfront Canal.
From there we took a walk to the pier on the beach.
At least, although it was still a bit misty, it wasn't raining. We walked past the Waterfront Canal which is home to more than 50 species of fish.
It was a peaceful scene (at 4:30 am) with some Gondola Boats visible.
Outside the Canal area, you can see these two huge anchors.
We continued our walk to the pier.
Arriving on the promenade, just above the beach, Point Beach was to the right...
From here, it is easy to get access to Point Beach...
As you can see, some fishermen were already active on the beach.
To our left, just above the beach, where you get access to the pier, is the Ku D'Ta Restaurant.
From here, the city of Durban is visible along the Golden Mile. As you can see in this photo, it was still very cloudy and a bit misty. According to the app on my phone, the sun was now supposed to make its appearance...but there was no sign of the sun.
As you can also see...there is not a soul in sight at this hour, which is why this is the only time you'll find me anywhere near a beach in Durban at this time of year...lol!
The Ku D'Ta Restaurant (in the previous photo), also has a little venue right at the end of the pier.
I took a short walk toward Point Beach to get some shots of it.
As you can see, the sea was very calm...
Every now and then, a little wave would make its appearance and gently pass through under the pier.
I managed to get a little bit of a reflection in the shallow water...
Getting access to the pier...
Walking up to the venue on the pier...which was still locked at 5 am in the morning...and still no sign of the sun...lol!
We started our walk back to the car again.
Although we had more daylight by now, there was still no sign of the sun. I'll have to get those photos I had in mind at another time...
We passed the Waterfront Canal again, with the Point area visible in the background.
Getting some reflections in the canal water.
The harbor was straight ahead of us, And just before we turned left onto the road where our car was parked, this ship caught my attention, towering out in front of us, as if it was another building, blending in with its surroundings.
And that's it for today, folks!
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