Boulders Beach, South Africa

MARCH 2004 – South Africa’s Cape Peninsula is home to a large population of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus). Since 1982 they can be found at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town near Cape Town. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In Simon’s Town you will find Boulders Beach. It is world famous for the African Penguin or ‘Jackass Penguin’, which lives here next to the homes of the human settlers. In 1982, the Penguins decided that Simon’s Town would be a cool place to live and stayed. Today, there are several thousands of them. They are absolutely friendly and do not mind being photographed and made the small town a tourist hot spot.

I like this image because the little Penguin had waited for a while in this position, watching the gentle waves splashing against the rocks. He seemed to intended to hop into the clear water but was anxious to do so, waiting for the right moment. (Of course, we don’t know, but that was my impression.) The image expresses this emotion: Here, the tiny Penuin on his rock – there the mighty ocean with its sparkling reflections of the sunlight. A good title might have been ‘Where do you want to go today?’

The high resolution image

Capture Date03-MAR-2004
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
Image SourceSlide Film – Fuji Sensia
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2503 x 3755 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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