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|This pair were found on Robben Island - the prison island which held Nelson Mandela. |
See previous info on Penguns. Some info on Robben Island.
The name is Middle Dutch for "seal island" (or to be strictly accurate, "island of seals", because Robben is plural). [Incidentaly, "Seal Island" is a different island in nearby False Bay.] Robben Island is roughly oval and about a kilometer wide. It is flat and only a few metres above sealevel, as a result of an ancient erosion event.
Since the end of the 17th century, Robben Island has been used to isolate certain people — mainly prisoners — and amongst its first permanent inhabitants were political leaders from various Dutch colonies, including Indonesia.
From 1836 to 1931 the island was used as a leper colony and in the 20th century it became infamous as a gaol for political prisoners under apartheid. Notable amongst these were Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Tokyo Sexwale, Govan Mbeki and Robert Sobukwe. During the time that the island was a prison, security was very tight and it was off limits to almost all civilians, including fishermen. Before about 1980 there was not one citizen in 10,000 in Cape Town who had set foot on the island. It is not generally known that the use of the island as a prison was greatly inhibited for centuries by a lack of fresh water. The island is arid, with low scrubby vegetation and has no watercourses.
Fuji Superior 200 ISO - scanned at 300 dpi, cleaned up and cropped slightly, framed and resized for TL.
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Two cuties you have here, Lesley. (: I like the POV and natural colours, but I would prefer a bigger size.
Have a great day,