One of the things I love about working for the Cableway at the base of Table Mountain, is having my own parking spot. Another is that occasionally, we see things in a way that not many other people do.
I woke up to find a heavy mist advancing over Signal Hill and filling up the City Bowl. I had to turn on my car lights on as I drove up the hill toward the mountain, but as I reached the turn-off to the Cableway and drove up the winding road, I found the mist clearing, until suddenly I broke through and left the cloud below me.
The sun hadn’t yet risen and I stopped to take some photos from the boardwalk, and saw my phone threatening me with low battery. So I rushed into my office and plugged in my phone. waited an hour-long minute and then hoping it was placated, I raced up to my favourite spot at work: a balcony at the Lower Cable Station where I can have a cup of coffee and look out over Cape Town. Only today, the city wasn’t there – no buildings, no cars, no lights, no people. The mist had come in like a great tide, washing over the city and turning Lion’s Head into an island. Only the mountain, the cloud and I remained.
As I was taking photos I saw a brilliant light coming from the Cableway base station, and was privileged to see a double-sunrise effect. I actually thought that it looked like the sun was being streamed out from the Cableway and projected onto a distant canvas. So if Bruce Wayne, on sabbatical from Gotham, is reading this and needs a standby site for the Bat Signal, please look on our website for my contact details, and identify yourself if calling by saying “I am the Batman”.
Then, as the spell dissipated, I turned to head back into my office and was surprised to see a new employee standing on a balcony further down on my right, and below me stood a 20-plus year veteran of working at the mountain. All of us with our phones in hand, all of us trying to bottle the beauty.
I realised then that we can all be awed by true beauty, and how amazing it is to live and work in an environment that, even after 20 years, can surprise and transfix us.