Description Table MountainWatercolor, 15 x 11,The Table Mountain is one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. It is a South African icon and the only natural site on the planet that has a constellation of stars named after it Mensa, meaning the table. The flat-topped mountain has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth. The cable car closes often enough during the winter time because of the high wind on top of the mountain. Luckily, we took the Cable Car when it finally operated on the day before we left Cape Town. Cable car rotates slowly as it rises, and you can view the Camps Bay, Lions Head, Signal Hill, the city bowl, Table Bay harbor, and, just as its about to reach the top, close-ups of Table Mountains sheer cliffs. The top of the Table Mountain is incredibly beautiful. The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the most epic views in Africa. Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains on earth, six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies. Its story began eight hundred million years ago when sandstone began to form underwater. Around 300 million years ago during an ice age, the mountain was still at sea level and ice sheets flattened the layers of sandstone creating the flat surface. Throughout its history, Table Mountain has been eroded by the action of wind, fire, ice and water. The flat face of the mountain is a cliff face, caused by the action of waves when the sea lapped against it. On the mountain you can find strangely shaped rocks and deep ravines caused by millions of years of erosion.