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The Canyon's Secret by hougaard The Canyon's Secret by hougaard
This image looks much better against a dark background, please view it on my site to fully appreciate - [link]

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.

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Marianne95 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. :)
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gear616 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Awesome combination of complex light and texture. Glad you had the endurance and patience to get to this viewpoint.
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Mint22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Fabolously scenic
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VinySerrinati Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just ; whouaaaaaaaaa !!!!!
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Hi :wave: Your wonderful art is currently being featured in my journal – [link] :heart:
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BrandiFort Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow....just...wow
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missylovescake Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Simply magical!! THanks for sharing ur photography!
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lewandator Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This photo is just beautiful! I love your gallery : ) You put much effort in your photos.
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macmari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
It looks like the kind of picture that you'd see on a postcard. Very nice.

My brother likes it too.
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eternjc Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I've just come across your photos, and I have to say "thank you." I grew up in Joburg, but now live in America. Your scenes are fantastic and nostalgic. Particularly this one, since I've holidayed camped in Mpumalanga many times, and the Blyde River Canyon is a place that sticks with you for life.
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