Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Nose by any other Name?

The rock above / below is called Gladstone's Nose


Golden Gate National Highlands Park which is situated in the Eastern Free State, boasts natural rock formations which have been given intriguing names: Gladstone's Nose, the Titanic and Brandwag (the sentinel). The Titanic looks exactly like its namesake while the Brandwag stands like a sentinel on the road to the campsite. However, I’ve travelled through this park many times over the past fifteen years and always wondered where Gladstone’s Nose got its name. I decided to Google it and all I came up with is that it’s named after a Victorian Prime Minister named Gladstone. I’m not sure whether he frequented this part of South Africa, but the name suits the rock. See for yourself...

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9 comments:

  1. A very fitting name! It looks like a wonderfully beautiful place to spend a bit of time.

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  2. hahaha, that is a nose indeed, how cute.

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  3. Gladstone and Disraeli were the great figures in British politics when images were left to illustrators and sound bites non-existent. With Victoria they were the movers and shakers in a way that makes modern figures pallid. Empire was the name of the game thus you live with the ultimate consequences.
    As you see, your post has induced thought.

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  4. Certainly an interesting rock shape! It almost looks as if ready to adopt another shape with a bit of weathering! Great photos!

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  5. Hi flmom;) It certainly is a lovely place to spend time. I had disembarked from our Harley Davidson a few meters before this and photographed my husband riding down the road to me! Good to see you again!

    Hi Photo Cache;) it is very cute. The rock formations in this part of the country are so interesting. There is a rock which looks like an upside down high-heeled shoe, another like a dog's head and so on. Thanks for popping in.

    Hi Aileni;) Yes, I read about these figures and the way the cartoonists used to depict them. Thanks for the thoughtful insight!

    Hi Greyscale Territory;) Yes, the rock certainly looks as if it could become something else. A very interesting piece of landscape on our trips through the national park. Thanks for popping in.

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  6. I can definitely see the nose! Great shots!

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  7. Hi Jo. How are you? What a lovely place. I enjoy this one. Nice shots.

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  8. Hi Kendris;) thanks for popping in.

    Hi Regina ;) nice to hear you again. thanks for your kind comment. (((Hugs)))

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  9. Had an exam question why it was called Gladstones Nose. I said it was because it looked like a nose... Seems I was wrong and lost the marks :(

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