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The Canyon's Secret by hougaard The Canyon's Secret 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 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:
If you do not wish to be featured, please drop me a note me and I will remove it.
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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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Zayoon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Adorable :love:
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TristanCrider Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Please tell me you make money selling these! If you don't then all hope is lost.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
WOW
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k-lizz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Stunning!!!!!
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isabel56 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MPUMALANGA HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENES>WE YOU HAVE LIVED IN HOEDSPRUIT FOTGET ABOUT THE BEAUTY BECAUSE YOU SEE EVERY DAY. THANK YOU FOR REMIND ME.hOW I WISH I AM BACK THERE.BEAUTYFUL PHOTO
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SugsOverdose77 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I seriously believe you are the next Ansel Adams. Beautiful work!
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StefanEffenhauser Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Photographer
:wow:
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JindrichLisy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel I can get adrenaline rush not only from sunset but from sunrise too! :-) Anyway perfect light!
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jen10a Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Was there a year ago and nearly fell off the view point. =0
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
haha, that wouldn't have had a happy ending.
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Shoayb Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow , amazing lighting
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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karlijnlovesart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
so beautiful!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Stunning picture!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
My pleasure! :hug:
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Sister-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
So beautiful!!!! :nod:
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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c00LpicS Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:omg: Stunning! :clap:
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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Shh-GonnaDrawNow Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
UUU- .... run...jump!!! FLY!!

U are happiest man on planet u were there.
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ente-mit-Spinne Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks a bit over sharpened on the bottom part but it is still an amazing photo
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you :)
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Eep386 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just. Beautiful.

'Tis all I canst say.
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you :)
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Eep386 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :)
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coreyconway Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
What a shot! Absolutely beautiful!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you :)
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quixzan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Wow, this is breathtaking!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
thank you very much :)
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quixzan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
You are most welcome.
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GoldenGirl954 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
WOW! This is so beautiful :heart:
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
thank you very much :)
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BloodyBat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Suge a beautiful ladscpare and wonderful rays of light... It's an amazing photo!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Thank you:)
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edmund-ng Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
nice light! :D
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Thank you:)
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