Shots taken from Devil's Peak, part of Table Mountain in Cape Town.
"And now the stranger stood astride,
And taller he seemed to grow:
The pipe sat firm in his sneering lips,
And with victorious glow
Like dancing figures around its bowl
Did the smoke wreaths come and go."
- The Dutchman's Wager - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The mountain got its name after the legend of Van Hunks, a prodigious pipe smoker who lived at the foot of the mountain circa 1700. One day, while smoking on the slopes of the peak, he met a mysterious stranger, and the two had a pipe-smoking contest. The stranger turned out to be the Devil and Van Hunks eventually won the contest.
Dedicated to all my friends who made the mountain our mystical playground, and my uncle Keith who showed me the way.
Maxim Starcke + Ronan Skillen
from the album FORGERY
© M. Starcke & R. Skillen 2013
The full poem: