Two Continents, One Image

I’ve been trying to get this image for a number of years now. But every time I’ve driven along the twisting mountain highway at the southern tip of Spain, it’s been either overcast or too hazy. Finally, however, I got lucky with a very clear day. I was also lucky that a Guardia Civil did not witness the, um, creative driving and parking that was involved in getting the shot.

The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Africa from Europe, is less than 15 kilometers across at its narrowest point. The mountain seen in the distance is one of the Pillars of Hercules; the other one is the Rock of Gibraltar. It was here that the Berber general Jabal Tarik, who gave the Strait and the Rock his name, crossed from Africa to invade the Iberian Peninsula, starting nearly eight centuries of Muslim rule in Spain. Today, many Africans still attempt the crossing in small boats, seeking new lives, but the treacherous currents make for an extremely dangerous voyage.

Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

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6 Responses to Two Continents, One Image

  1. EnriqueB July 9, 2012 at 13:07 #

    Wonderful picture Mike! When I drive through that coast I also want to stop all the time for the beautiful sights, but usually it’s not possible.

    Love the design of your site, excellent work! But you haven’t figured out the way to put the date on top… ;-)

    I look forward to your next entries.

    Best

    Enrique

    • Mike Randolph July 9, 2012 at 15:38 #

      Thanks Enrique. It took me two full days just to get my RSS feed to work. Next project is getting the date back. Back to the CSS dungeon for me!

  2. Bev R July 9, 2012 at 19:07 #

    I’ve been following your website and have rarely seen so much quality and variety coming from one source!

    I was thrilled by your Castellers video. It comes as no surprise that it has been viewed by over a million and a half people! Can’t wait to see another in the same vein.

    I was warmed and touched by your tomato story which struck a responsive chord among my own taste buds. There are very few, if any, fruits/veggies that I find as satisfying as a good tomato. I hope Spain stays true to its tomatoes and doesn’t succumb to the tasteless, longer-lasting varieties that seem to flood our own supermarkets here in North America.

    Am looking forward to seeing your next posting.

    • Mike Randolph July 9, 2012 at 19:38 #

      Thanks Bev. Very nice of you to say. There is nothing like a good tomato, I agree. If only they were as dependable as, say, bananas, the world would be a happier place.

  3. tomás quejada August 1, 2012 at 19:21 #

    awesome pictures of 2 continents at the same time! Keep it up!

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