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The classic scene associated with the Drakensberg - Cascades of the Tugela river with the Amphitheater in the background. If you don't have this shot, then you can't say you've photographed the Drakensberg!

Royal Natal National Park, Northern Drakensberg

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Zeiss 18mm
Lee grad
B+W Kaesemann polarizer

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The first stars appear in the darkening heavens of the Namib as the last colors of sunset fade to the West.

Kanaan Farm, Namib Rand, Namibia

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Zeiss 18mm
1 minute exposure @ f4 ISO1600

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Warm sunrise light dapples the valleys of Excelsior in beautiful colours

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Canon 24-70mm

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Long exposure blurs thunderclouds over the mountains of Excelsior and a dead Acacia tree standing in a dune street

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24-70mm
Lee grad
Lee big stopper

Excelsior Farm, Namib Rand, Namibia

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There's few experiences like the 45 degree heat of a Namibian Summer Day broken by isolated rain showers like these. This cloud built up in less than an hour and seemed to literally rain itself apart again in less than 20 minutes.

Kanaan Farm, Namibia

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24-70mm
Stitch of two shots

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First light of day illuminates the sky in flaming colours over the famous Quiver Tree Forest outside Keetmanshoop in Southern Namibia

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Zeiss 18mm

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The skies of the Free State in flaming sunset colours over the Van Reenen campsite in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

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Zeiss 18mm
Blend of 3 exposures

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I doubt there is a landscape in Southern African that has been photographed as much as the trees of Deadvlei and if something has been photographed that much then I have no desire to photograph it.
Despite that, I found myself heading for deadvlei in January of 2011. Gate times at Sesriem aren't exactly accommodating towards photographers. They open 45-60 minutes before sunrise and then you have a 60 minute drive and a 20 minute walk to get to the dead trees...if you adhere to the speed limit within the park that is. If you don't then you can make it in time for first light on the Western Dunes, as we did on this morning. My two travel companions immediately started shooting the iconic trees, while I wandered further into the pan and found these water drainage patterns along the Eastern boundary. There were many patterns that resembled different shapes, but I liked this tree the most for it's symbolism of photographing a tree at deadvlei that no one had photographed before...

Deadvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

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Sunrise light on the Three Bushmen peaks is reflected in one of Sehlabthebe's many tarn pools on a perfect summer morning.

Sehlabathebe NP, Lesotho

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The Best landscape photographs are mostly taken in the so called 'golden hour' around sunset and sunrise, but every so often the skies pull out their absolute best cards and create scenes like these in the early afternoon. Such was the case on this March afternoon on the Northern rim of the Fish River Canyon.

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Zeiss 18mm
f/11
B+W Kaesemann circular polarizer

Hobas Plateau, Namibia

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