Sunrise in the Strait of Gibraltar and Gibraltar Botanical Gardens

Sunrise over the tip of Morocco in Africa.

It has been nearly 2 months since the last post. I've been busy juggling life, working-from-home and studying for exams. Finally, it's time for a well-deserved week off camping on the Wild Atlantic Way. Although, I bought a new camera recently and am impatiently hoping it arrives before we head off.

Sailing across the Strait of Gibraltar at sunrise was quite astonishing. As we passed between the two continents, separated only by 14 km, the rain subsided and the sun appeared over Morocco. I took lots of photos from dawn till sunrise. It was one of my favourite things to do on this cruise. Waking up in the dark, grabbing a cup of coffee, and heading up to the open deck to watch the night become day.

Blue skies and blue waters in the Strait of Gibraltar at twilight.
Strait of Gibraltar Blue Hour

The sun appearing in the Strait of Gibraltar after twilight.
The sun begins to appear

View of Africa from the Strait of Gibraltar just before sunrise.
The continent of Africa

Clouds over the Strait of Gibraltar before sunrise.
Early morning clouds 

Sun rising over Africa from the Strait of Gibraltar.
Sun rising over Africa

Sunrise from a cruise ship in the Strait of Gibraltar.
Sunrise in the Strait of Gibraltar

View of sunrise in the Strait of Gibraltar from a cruise ship.
Sunrise from the ship

The landscape of Africa from the Strait of Gibraltar at sunrise.
Landscape of Africa at sunrise

After breakfast, we disembarked the ship and headed off to explore the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. We had a pretty full-on day and the sun was splitting the stones before noon. It was the hottest day of our 10-day adventure. We strolled from the harbour, through town to the botanical garden. Afterward, we began to queue for the cable car and the line was so long. I decided to buy tickets online while in the queue, but we still waited a good hour before it was our turn.

The landscape of Gibraltar captured from the water.
Landscape of Gibraltar

The landscape of Gibraltar captured from the water.
Gibraltar from the water

A white building with black shutters with palm trees in front in Gibraltar.
Building in Gibraltar

A sign for the Gibraltar Bookshop on the side of a green building.
Gibraltar Bookshop

Jaime Banda Steps in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.
Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

You will have to wait for the next part to see all the photos I took from the top of the Rock. I may not have mentioned it before, but my Granny was my companion on this trip. We really enjoyed admiring all the flora. I was particularly delighted to see cacti in flower. There were so many different exotic plants we've never seen before. With Google Lens to the rescue, I was able to identify some of those I did not recognise. However, I am not sure what the white flowers in the last photo are. They are likely Rose Mallows, from the Hibiscus family. Google's first choice was Levant cotton, but on closer inspection, I think the leaves and buds are much different.

A close up of pink Bougainvillea flowers from Gibraltar.
Bougainvillea flowers

A close up of a red flower on a cactus in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.
Red flower on a cactus

A tall, pink flowering shrub from Gibraltar with a white building in the background.
Flowering shrub

Close up of leaves and flowers captured in Gibraltar.
Leaves and flowers

View of light blue flowers and Aloe Vera in Gibraltar
Light blue flowers and Aloe Vera

A close up of a pink Hibiscus flower in Gibraltar.
Pink Hibiscus

A close up of white rose mallow flowers, flower buds and leaves.
White flowers and buds

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