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Warm sunrise light dapples the valleys of Excelsior in beautiful colours

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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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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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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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B+W Kaesemann circular polarizer

Hobas Plateau, Namibia

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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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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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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 cracked pans of the Tsaucheb Valley reflect the unbelievably intense orange glow caused by the last sunlight shining in below a summer rain storm.

While shooting this sunset I was on all fours because my body was all that I could use to shelter my camera from the rain. After about 90 minutes of shooting in the rain, the pan I had comfortably walked onto turned into a muddy playground that made walking a very slippery challenge. I've never seen such bright colours in my life...it was like seeing the world through a blood-red filter. The water reached Sossus the next day.

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Myself and Shem Compion went on a 5 day trip to Mpumalanga in January to explore the Africa's 2nd largest Canyon. One of Shemís friendís told us about this place on the other side of the Canyon that no one ever sees. After a long drive along unmarked and overgrown roads we got a concrete pass that quickly ascended through the tropical forest mist-belt and arrived atop Mariepskop in misty weather. We drove around and the scenery was a mix of mossy vegetation, military hardware and views of the lowveld that stretched forever.When it cleared occasionally we saw that there was a storm cloud over the main escarpment with a nice high-cloud anvil that would make for a a great sunset. We parked and decided to try and get to the escarpment edge, but the terrain of rock stacks and dense vegetation proved impossible to negotiate. We got about 100m from the road, made a u-turn and about 45 minutes later we were back at the car, exhausted and scratched all over. Using an Ipad and google earth we determined where the edge was closest to the road, drove there and found a seldom used track leading to the cliff edge. In front of us lay the back side of the three rondavels and the sun was about 20 minutes from reaching the gap in the clouds. We scouted for compositions, set up and waited for the light. As the first beams burst out below the clouds and creeped over the far hills the adrenaline started pumping (only landscape photographers can get an adrenaline rush from sunsets!). As the sun dipped below the horizon, the mist closed in and we headed back to car with a very big smile on our faces.

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After shooting sunrise in Deadvlei on this morning, I arrived at a flooded Tsaucheb river crossing where everyone was impatiently waiting for the water to subside. After about two hours of waiting I decided to head back to the 4x2 parking lot, have lunch and wait for afternoon light to arrive. I had my lunch, a nap, some coffee and I got back in the car and headed back to the dune 45 area. There were heavy rains fast approaching from the East, so I decided to scout these pans just outside the 4x2 parking lot for a bit. The sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the scene in warm afternoon light for about two minutes. I folded out the tripod, put the camera on and attached the filter system as fast as I could with hands shaking from excitement. I got this shot and as I tried to compose one closer to the ground the light was gone...

Tsaucheb Valley Dunes, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

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