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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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Modernmilk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
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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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natureblue Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
This is surreal. I would have believed that I'm in fairy land. :)
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Trashins Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo!
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great piece mate, really worth the effort. Seems like a truly wonderful place to hike around at. I hope you guys had good conditions over all days for great shots.
Keep up the magnificent work!

/rob
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AmberPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Ah my home! It's lovely, stunningly well captured! :heart:
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Sarein Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Wow! This looks like paradise!
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MissSapphire Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Just a beautiful photo!! :) What an amazing view! :) Love it. :)
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student Artist
Such a beautiful shot, taken in the right moment, at the right angle....magnificent!
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Zanarky Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning scene! Very well done my good sir.
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ChocoCherry1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
So peaceful...beautiful work.
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Trashins Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful photo!
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Heartmaker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think what draws me to this picture is the contrast between the crisp, sharp foreground and the soft background and sky. The blue-grey colour of the rocks also creates a nice, subtle break from the rest. You always manage to make the lines in your shots flow very nicely, and no matter how many hills and vallies are in them, the pictures are always dynamic and easy to look at.
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goodgirl94 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow... I wish I could see this.
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FlorinALF Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Beautiful work ❤
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Def know that rush. It's great :) Might crop from the top just to the top of the cloud to get rid of that blue. Gives it a bit more drama. Nice work :)

aF
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benas1971 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
very nice
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ikonikAmAzing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathe taking
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life-flashes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
simply amazing. definitely feels as if you're on top of the world... wow. :love:
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Andyw01 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Stunning image.The light and composition are superb...great work.
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MatthewxAlfred Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
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Lior-Art Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
:wow:
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Kleobis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt like shouting "I'm the King of the world!!!" when I saw this! Is that a river or a lake I spot? Argh, I wanna go and see it myself! One day, life, one day! :dummy:

Africa is called "Garden Eden", "Mother (Africa)" and "Life's Crib" for a very valid reason indeed :nod:

Beautiful place, lovely story, amazing shot!
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JamesKnoke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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RaiZdOe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
wonderful, thx very much for sharing your stories and those nice places that most of us will never be abble to see in real !
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UNexperienced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
U have better but it is not bad
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mahgnitton Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Great story mate, Your experience and resulting great image sounds hard earned :)
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n1kalas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Photographer
thats ammm an amazing photo m8
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tabbykitten101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it
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B-Werx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
AWESOME!!!
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HeySerdna Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Stunning Photo! Well done :clap:
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Quixotegraphics Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
It was worth the effort. Beautiful light.
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MoelJoel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Just mindblowing. Seriously.
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Aplos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
this is astounding!
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SmilinJack Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Hard to believe it's a real place!
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desertwind75 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I joined your Facebook page, under the name Tennille Kalitta. This is a stunning photo, btw! Amazing!
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heavenbliss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is magnificent!
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Meema Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Kick ass shot. Well done.
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loquaciousfool Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:eyepopping: Beautiful!
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Krenaya Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. . .just breathtaking. . .
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