Table Mountain in Fog

May 27, 2011


Photographer: Aymen Ibrahem
Summary Author: Aymen Ibrahem; Jim Foster

The photo above shows Table Mountain in South Africa draped in fog. When winds from the south and west (from the Atlantic Ocean) push upslope over the mountain, orographic clouds often form – called the “table cloth” of Table Mountain. This well known flat topped mountain or mesa is perched behind Cape Town and provides perhaps the most magnificent backdrop for any city in the world. It’s approximately two miles (three km) long and 3,563 ft (1,086 m) in elevation. The upper part of the mesa consists of Ordovician quartzitic sandstone, known as Table Mountain Sandstone, which is highly resistant to erosion. Table Mountain, shown here in autumn (Southern Hemisphere), has a rich biodiversity – over 2,000 plants species can be found on the mountain’s flanks and in Table Mountain National Park. Photo taken on April 13, 2011.

Photo details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: DSC-H5; Focal Length: 10.6mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 125; Exposure Bias: -1.30 EV; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Landscape Mode; Exposure Mode: Manual; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.