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Warm sunrise light dapples the valleys of Excelsior in beautiful colours

5D II
Canon 24-70mm

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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

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
Lee grad
B+W Kaesemann polarizer

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I had visited Namibia twice on holiday prior to starting photography and it never really impressed me that much. The thing that triggered a desire to photograph the country of dunes and grass was a photo in a book by Jean du Plessis. The photo was of a large old Acacia tree on a grass slope that gently descended into a low lying valley where the grass ended against red stone hills.

Almost two and half years later I was standing in front of that tree waiting for the sun to rise. Watching the transition of light and color in a crystal clear sky as an ocean of grass swayed to a warm morning breeze is my fondest memory of Namibia. I experienced on that morning what Jean's photo had communicated to me. Hopefully my image of this scene will communicate that same message to viewers.

Linhof Technorama 617s
Schneider Kreuznach 90mm f/5.6
Velvia100

Kanaan Farm
Namibia

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Afternoon sunlight paints a massive rainbow in a rainstorm falling over an already flooding Augrabies falls...notice the person on the viewing deck bottom right and you'll get a sense of the scale of these amazing falls

Augrabies Falls, South Africa

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Zeiss 18mm


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Afternoon sunlight slips in from the West, illuminating a fairy circles while a growing storm cell approaches from the East

Virtually nothing is known about these mysterious circles as you'll find on Wikipedia - "Fairy circles are enigmatic barren patches, typically found in the grasslands of the western part of southern Africa.

They are most prolific in Namibia, but are also present in Angola and South Africa.[1] These fairy circles consist of round areas barren of vegetation; as yet there is no clear picture as to how they are formed, although scientists are researching the matter. One theory suggests termites as the creator of these circles, but recent studies have stated that there is no evidence termites would cause this phenomenon. In the oral myths of Himba people these barren patches are said to have been caused by the gods and/or spirits and natural divinities.

Studies done by South African scientists shows that these circles are under continuous development. They grow in diameter, expanding to as large as 9 m in diameter, where they mature and "die", filled in by invasive grasses"

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Zeiss 18mm

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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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We seldom get electric storms in the Western Cape, but usually on a few abnormally hot days in summer the big mushroom clouds form over the Cape mountains. On this day in January I decided to give chase and ended up somewhere between Touwsrivier and Calvinia. While there isn't a gallery for this specific area on my map, it's closest to the boland area.

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Zeiss 18mm
Composite of 3x 30s exposures for more lightning

Somewhere between Touwsrivier and Calvinia, South Africa

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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

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
Blend of 3 exposures

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The colorful skies of a summer sunset hangs over one of the side falls at Augrabies

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Zeiss 18mm

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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

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
1 minute exposure @ f4 ISO1600

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