The Cape is very British in many aspects, most notably in its attitude to the seaside. There are very glamorous beaches near Cape Town city which are reminiscent of the Côte d'Azur, and then 5 miles away you have to pinch yourself to remember you are not at Margate. It's the latter I hugely favour, of course.

I ended up with very little time to do any street or beach photography, which is in general much less focussed than birds in flight or seascapes, and consists of wandering around for hours waiting for something to happen. But people did come into the scene while I was shooting BIF or harbours, and on my penultimate day I spent a wonderful few hours before dinner at Fishhoek beach, which is one of the most traditional on the coast.

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