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Mpumalanga Summer Sunset by hougaard Mpumalanga Summer Sunset by hougaard
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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 Shem’s friend’s 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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Modernmilk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
featured [link] : )
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uberjew666 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!
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simo-de-la-real Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
effort is always rewarded and this is no different. amazing shot!
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Twilightgothictribal Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
thx uuu so muuuuch for taking this pic life is perfect!
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La-Femme-Tron Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This is a truly beautiful photo. Seems to capture magic there.
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Orange41 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
beautiful
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WhispereDreams Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is aboslutely beautiful!

Do you know what it reminds me of, in terms of the mood it invokes? Please don't be insulted, but it reminds me of the scene at the end of that children's animated movie, The Land Before Time (the first one) when they finally arrive at the great valley after they've spent the whole film travelling through dry desolation, and the sun sort of spills into the valley and it's just unbelieveably beautiful and lush. This shot has that same breathtaking awe to it.
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theycome Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
incredible..
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debraM Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Stunning...
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XXEcutioner Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Amazing!
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