46 Photos - Jul 28, 2011
Photo: This image was captured on a peaceful morning in the Giant's Castle region of South Africa's Drakensberg mountains. I wish the sky had more drama, but I do like the details and depth and tranquility of this scene. What do you think?

This is a manually blended image consisting of 3 exposures for better control of the dynamic range.Photo: My contribution for #mountainmonday curated by +Michael Russell
This is a view of the Maluti Mountains in the Drakensberg range of South Africa as seen from a viewpoint in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.Photo: "Maluti Dawn" - Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

An addition for #mountainmonday by +Michael Russell...
Have a great week everyone!

#landscapephotography 
#sunrisephotosPhoto: "Blydepoort Falls" - Blyde River Hiking Trail, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Here's a late entry for #waterfallwednesday (by +Eric Leslie) and for #widewednesdaypanorama (+WideWednesdayPanorama by +Ken McMahon, +Lucille Galleli and +Andrew Marston). I would also like to submit it as an early entry for #thirstythursdaypics ( #thirstythursday by +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra). Lastly, as always, for consideration in #plusphotoextract by +Jarek Klimek.

This was taken last year on a hike down the Blyde River towards the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

I need to hike more...but to find the time between family, work, and my wildlife photography travels...who knows?

#landscapephotography 

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www.saffascapes.blogspot.comPhoto: "The Golden Gate Highlands"
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Eastern Free State, South Africa

We are off to the Drakensberg for the rest of the week for a bit of family time and hopefully some landscape photography if the weather plays along, so expect little else from me here on G+ during the week ahead (I might upload something later when I am out photographing to show you the view!).

This was taken last year during a trip to another region of the Drakensberg mountain range, the Maluti mountains, situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/golden_gate). It's a submission to #mountainmonday by +Michael Russell, as well as #naturemonday by +Rolf Hicker.

Enjoy the rest of the week here on Google+, everyone! Keep posting the wonderful images I've come to expect...

#landscapephotography 
#PassionforAfrica 

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www.saffascapes.blogspot.comPhoto: "Flaming Beach"
Dwarskersbos, West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

Here's a quick addition to #sunsetsaturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr (and/or +TJ Kelly?)...as well as for #paintitsaturday curated by +Alexius Jørgensen, and lastly for #paintography curated by +Ray Bilcliff, +Gail Beerman and +Sherry McBriar.

The West Coast of South Africa is a place of peculiar beauty, and peculiar taste. Endless stretches of beach varying between fine white sand and grainy shells and pebbles, straddled with rocks and often on the verge of semi-desert terrain, it's a place that has to be experienced by mingling with the homely and often poor people that live and make a living off these waters as fishermen and artisans in the local towns.

On this particular afternoon, the wispy clouds made for an interesting colour palette, very much like a painting by a surrealistic impressionist.

This is a blend of 2 exposures to tame the dynamic range.

#landscapephotography 
#seascapesunday 

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www.saffascapes.blogspot.comPhoto: "Just LEAF me at the lake..."
Marievale Bird Sanctuary
Gauteng Province, South Africa

Morning mist shrouds the wetlands of the Marievale Bird Sanctuary. Obviously the main goal of photographing birds in flight was out of the window when we arrived on this morning...so we resorted to some creative landscape shooting. I placed the colourful leaf on the rock to provide a point of interest. As Ansel Adams said: "you don't take a great photograph, you make it"...

Here's a submission for:
1.  #thirstythursdaypics  (curated by +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra)
2.  #leafonthursdays  (curated by +Ray Bilcliff, +Margaret Tompkins and +Marilou Aballe) or is that #leavesonthursday  (+Leaves On Thursday)
3.  #natureartthursday  (curated by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan)
4. #paintography  (curated by +Ray Bilcliff, +Sherry McBriar and +Gail Beerman)
5. #plusphotoextract  (curated by +Jarek Klimek)

#landscape   #waterscape   #wetland   #Africa   #nature 

www.morkelerasmus.comPhoto: "Chintsa Rocks"
Gloomy Seascape Dawn
Chintsa, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all going to have a nice relaxing Sunday. Here's a seascape sunrise from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Even on the bleakest days there is always a ray of hope breaking through the gloom...take heart!

A submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) curated by +Margaret Tompkins 
2. #dawnonsunday  (+Dawn On Sunday) curated by +Ray Bilcliff
3. #beachsunday  (+Beach Sunday) curated by +Ross Campbell
4. #sacredsunday  (+SacredSunday™) curated by +Charles Lupica, +Margaret Tompkins, +Manfred Berndtgen and +Robyn Morrison 
5. #skysunday  (+Sky Sunday - Photography Theme) curated by +Randy Scherkenbach and +Patrick Scherkenbach
6. #plusphotoextract  curated by +Jarek Klimek

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#seascapephotography   #seascape   #sunrise   #mood  Photo: "Dawn over Endless Lands"
Maluti Mountains, Greater Drakensberg Mountain Range
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State Province, South Africa

Great was the expression of joy on my face when I waded through some images from a roadtrip last year and stumbled across this one! It was a morning I tried to forget for a while as we were on holiday and had to rush to the nearest hospital to get our 4-month-old daughter investigated for an unknown illness. Everything turned out okay in the end, but we had to cut our trip short by a few nights and actually spent that night in a strange town by a hospital bed while all kinds of tests were being done.

This is a pre-sunrise image, so I tried to maintain a darker look on the landscape while showing the immense detail of this beautiful vista. This is a blend of 2 exposures using a manual blending process in Photoshop based on gradient masks. +Jay Patel - would really like your honest feedback on this one sir...lay it on me!

Remember that tomorrow is African Tuesday again! The theme for tomorrow is Poignant People Portraits and you can submit any portrait-style photos of the people of Africa to the theme by hashtagging " #AfricanTuesday PPP" and adding myself, +Johan Swanepoel and the page +African Tuesday to the post.

Anyhow, this is a submission for:
1. #mountainmonday (+Mountain Monday) curated by +Michael Russell (it's been a while since I added an image to this wonderful theme)
2. #landscapephotography (+Landscape Photography) curated by +Margaret Tompkins
3. #moodymonday (+Moody Monday) curated by +Carole Buckwalter and +Philip Daly
4. #naturemonday (+NatureMonday) curated by +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church
5. #leadinglinesmonday (+Leading Lines Monday) curated by +CJ Sros, +Pam Chalkley and +Jakob Nilsson
6. #breakfastclub (+Breakfast Club) curated by +Gemma Costa and +Andrea Martinez
7. #plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek
8. #hqsppromotion (+HQSPPromotion) curated by +Rinus Bakker, +Carina Marsh, +Marina Versaci, +Tammy Boldt and +Mukundh B

(whew, what a mouthful!)

www.morkelerasmus.comPhoto: "This Sunset Rocks"
Highlands Meander
Highveld, Mpumalanga, South Africa

One of my better sunset images from last year!
I hope you all had a PROPER Saturday...

This is a blend of 3 exposures using luminosity masks. I shared this one sometime last year but accidentally deleted the image.

A submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) curated by +Margaret Tompkins 
2. #sunsetsaturday  curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr 
3. #plusphotoextract 
4. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) curated by +Rinus Bakker, +Marina Versaci et al

www.morkelerasmus.comPhoto: "Red Rocks at Dawn"
Haga-Haga Nature Reserve
Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

How can I avoid adding to the new theme of #PanoPoker ? The theme is "Beaches" and here is my first submission to PanoPoker for a while (apologies to the curators +Mike Spinak, +Barry Blanchard and +Tony Payne for the lack of submissions lately!).

This was taken one lovely morning on the South African "Wild Coast" - a long coastline of mostly unspoilt wilderness and rugged terrain.

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Also for:
1. #thirstythursdaypics by +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra
2. #landscapephotography (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins, +Ke Zeng et al
3. #heavenandearth (+Heaven And Earth) by +Maria Morisot
4. #plusphotoextract 
5. #hqsppromotion (+HQSPPromotion)
6. #natureartthursday (+NatureArtThursday) by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan
7. #allthingsred (+AllThingsRed) by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen Thackeray 

#seascapephotography #seascape #beach #rocksPhoto: "Dawn in the Mountains"
Maluti Mountains, Greater Drakensberg range
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

As dawn breaks beautifully over the South African landscape, I wish you all a wonderful Sunday.

The great thing about photography is that it connects us so vividly to the experiences we have when taking the images. I can remember standing in the biting cold watching this magnificent display of colour unfold right before sunrise, feeling alive and excited about life, and being thankful to my Creator for another day on this earth.

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A submission for:
1. #landscapephotography (+Landscape Photography) curated by +Margaret Tompkins
2. #dawnonsunday (+Dawn On Sunday) curated by +Ray Bilcliff
3. #plusphotoextract 
4. #sacredsunday (+SacredSunday™) curated by +Margaret Tompkins, +Manfred Berndtgen, +Robyn Morrison and +Sherrie von Sternberg
5. #hqsppromotion (+HQSPPromotion) +Rinus Bakker 
6. #allthingspink 

#sunrise #mountains #GoldenGate #SouthAfrica  Photo: "Dhow at Dusk"
Inhambane Estuary
Inhambane, Mozambique

This is an image from my "point-and-shoot-compact-camera" days. It was actually taken on our honeymoon in September 2007, and I still love it - both as an image and for the memories it evokes.

This was our sunset every day from our wooden cabin set in the waters of the Inhambane estuary. A special time and place. The local fishermen work these waters until well after sunset.

A last-minute submission to:
1. #panopoker  "Beaches" (+Mike Spinak +Tony Payne +Barry Blanchard +Monique Yates)
2. #landscapephotography  (+Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +Landscape Photography)
3. #sunsetsaturday  (+Sunset Saturday +Dennis Hoffbuhr)
4. #plusphotoextract 

#waterscape   #landscape   #ocean   #Africa   #Mozambique   #romantic  Photo: "Dawn on Moon Rock"
On top of Moon Rock
Augrabies Fall National Park, South Africa

Here's another one I dug from the archives. Taken when I was using a DSLR for about 3 months! We had gone for the epic hike through Namibia's Fish River Canyon and afterwards stayed a night or 2 in the Augrabies Falls National Park in South Africa (home to the magnificent Augrabies Falls, of course).

On our first proper morning there, we went to the massive rock dome rising from this arid patch of earth called Moon Rock. I did not know much about bracketing and processing high-dynamic-range images at this time, so I had to work with one exposure here. I like the fact that the people give some scale to the size of this massive geological structure. I always love spending time in magnificent scenes in serene moments like this - few things make me feel smaller.

I hope you have a good Sunday, folks!

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A submission for:
1. #dawnonsunday  (+Dawn On Sunday) by +Ray Bilcliff & +Sherry McBriar 
2. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +paul t beard +Carra Riley & +David Heath Williams 
3. #sacredsunday  (+SacredSunday™) by +Margaret Tompkins +Manfred Berndtgen +Robyn Morrison & +Sherrie von Sternberg 
4. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Tammy Boldt +Marina Versaci +Rinus Bakker +Thierry Raemaekers +Syuzanna Avetisyan 
5.  #plusphotoextract  Photo: "Diagonals"
Maluti Mountain Vista
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

As we go into the last 2 weeks before our son arrives (we have an 18-month old daughter as well), I start to reflect on the road life has taken us on. This is a fitting image for contemplation and a feeling of serenity. It was taken last year one morning overlooking the Maluti Mountains (part of the Greater Drakensberg range). You can see the famous Amphitheatre from the side-on in the distance.

So here's one I'd like some straight-shooting opinions on. At the time I wanted to shoot this pre-sunrise scene over the rolling Maluti mountains to show the vestiges of the more "foreboding" Drakensberg peaks at the back, and I quite like the diagonal lines leading you in. I'm starting to debate my own choice of foreground elements these days - it feels like I'm often choosing a "too strong" foreground anchor (if there is such a thing :lol: )...what I mean is that sometimes the scene needs to get the attention, and placing a prominent rock or bush or tree in the immediate foreground then "robs" the real vista of some of the attention.

What do you think?

Remember that tomorrow is African Tuesday again - this week's theme is Stormy Skies. Submit your images of rainy/stormy weather in Africa to the theme by tagging:
#AfricanTuesday  "Stormy Skies"
and tagging myself, +Johan Swanepoel (my co-curator) and the +African Tuesday theme page. We are looking forward to your images!

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Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday  (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell 
2. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +paul t beard et al
3. #leadinglinesmonday  (+Leading Lines Monday) by +Pam Chalkley +Michael Stuart +Elle Rogers & +David Murphy 
4. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion)
5. #plusphotoextract 
6. #naturemonday  (+NatureMonday) by +Kate Church & +Rolf Hicker
7. #moodymonday (+Moody Monday) by +Philip Daly & +Carole Buckwalter 

#mountains   #landscape   #PassionforAfrica  Photo: "Overwhelming"
Cumulonimbus Clouds
Highlands Meander, Mpumalanga province, South Africa

It's Tuesday, which means that it's time for African Tuesday again! The theme for today is "Stormy Skies" - so please submit your imagery of the fury of the African stratosphere by:
tagging  #AfricanTuesday  "Stormy Skies"
tagging myself and +Johan Swanepoel (the curators) - this makes it easy to pick up on your posts
tagging the theme page +African Tuesday so we can reshare some of the images from the page.

This was an afternoon of threatening storms on the South African Highveld near Dullstroom (a local fly-fishing mecca). I used a telephoto lens to add compression to the distance between the clouds and the tree.

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Also a submission for:
1. #treetuesday  (+Tree Tuesday) by +Shannon S. Myers & +Christina Lawrie
2. #landscapearttuesday  (+LandscapeArtTuesday) by +Christina Deubel
3. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +paul t beard +Carra Riley & +David Heath Williams
4. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Tammy Boldt +Mukundh B +Marina Versaci +Rinus Bakker +Thierry Raemaekers & +Syuzanna Avetisyan
5. #plusphotoextract 
6. #cloudpoker  (+CloudPoker) by +Trisha Standard & +Keith Dixon

#clouds   #tree   #landscape   #weather   #storm   #PassionforAfrica   #moody  Photo: "Technicolor Chobe"
Chobe River Sunset
Chobe river, Caprivi strip, Namibia

Good morning! It's African Tuesday and the theme today is WILD WATERS. Post any photo showing bodies of water in Africa (natural or man-made) by:
1. tagging #AfricanTuesday "Wild Waters" in your post...
2. including the theme page +African Tuesday so we can reshare your work...
3. including the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock)

This magnificent sunset was photographed on Thursday evening on the Chobe river between Botswana and Namibia with the +Wild Eye team. The majority of the sunset (which was way more epic than depicted here) was witnessed from our boat, and it was only when we found an appropriate spot to get out and shoot a quick proper tripod-mounted shot that I found this composition. This is a blend of 3 exposures for dynamic range.

Photo taken with: Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

More info:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Submission for:
1.  #GrassTuesday +Grass Tuesday curated by +Ray Bilcliff , +Marilou Aballe and +Margaret Tompkins
2.  #TreeTuesday +Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie and +Shannon S. Myers
3.  #landscapearttuesday +LandscapeArtTuesday curated by +Christina Deubel
4.  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Ara MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
5.  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams , +Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl , +Vishal Kumar
6. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
7. #potd   #pod  by +Jay Patel 
8. #nikonshooters  (+Nikon Shooters)

#landscape   #sunset   #Chobe   #Botswana   #Namibia   #nature   #sky   #river   #travel   #WildEye   #safari   #NikonD800  Photo: "Push and Pull"
Rocky Shoreline at Dawn
Haga-Haga, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

I'm sitting doing some processing and thought I might as well share a photo with my G+ friends. This photo was captured early one morning back in 2010 on the South African Wild Coast. I don't shoot nearly as many seascapes as I want to...with the kids getting to an age where they enjoy the beach a lot now that should begin to change in the next few years...though I live a half-day's drive from the nearest ocean!

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday!

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

WEBSITE: www.morkelerasmus.com
WILD-EYE SAFARIS: www.photography.wild-eye.co.za

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

More info:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Submission for:
1.  #beachsunday +Beach Sunday curated by +Ross Campbell 
2.  #DawnOnSunday +Dawn On Sunday curated by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +linda stokes
3.  #sundaysubtlelandscapes +Sunday Sublte Landscapes curated by +Steve Sieren
4.  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams , +Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl , +Vishal Kumar
5.  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Ara MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
6. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 


#SouthAfrica   #WildCoast   #seascape   #rocks   #beach   #sunrise   #dawn  Photo: "Castle at Dawn"
Garden Castle Peak
Southern Drakensberg mountains, South Africa

During our week-long family holiday in the southern Drakensberg last week, there was lots of cloud cover and epic light like this was scarce. I did get some moody shots, and this sunrise was the best in terms of colour. This is the iconic Garden Castle peak situated right behind our chalet.

Photo taken with: Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

More info:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Submission for:

1. #leadinglinesmonday +Leading Lines Monday curated by +Pam Chalkley-Boling , +Michael B. Stuart , +Elle Rogers , +David Murphy , +Simos Xenakis , +Andreas Levi
2.  #mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell 
3. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
4.  #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly , +Carole Buckwalter 
5.  #NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker , +Jen Baptist 
6.  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Ara MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold 
7.  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams , +Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl , +Vishal Kumar 

#mountain   #Drakensberg   #SouthAfrica   #nature   #sunrise  Photo: "The Garden Castle"
Southern Drakensberg Mountains
South Africa

Following up from my photo posted last Monday showing a different perspective of this iconic peak taken at dawn, here's one from a moody sunset taken in "blue hour". I blended 3 exposures to get the look & feel of what I was experiencing and seeing in front of me. Have a great week, folks!

Photo taken with: Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

More info:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Submission for:
1.  #mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell 
2.  #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly , +Carole Buckwalter 
3.  #NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker , +Jen Baptist 
4.  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Ara MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold 
5.  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams , +Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl , +Vishal Kumar 
6.  #plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek 

#bluehour   #mountain   #Drakensberg   #SouthAfrica   #landscape   #nature   #hiking   #peace  Photo: "Golden Mountains"
Giant's Castle
Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

Good morning, everyone! Our theme for today's round of African Tuesday is VAST VISTAS and we would like to see the vast expanses of Africa. To share your photos, simply:
1. tag your post with #AfricanTuesday "Vast Vistas"
2. include the theme page +African Tuesday so we can reshare your work
3. include the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez & +Dick Whitlock) so we can pick up on your posts.

This is lovely winter morning scene in the Central Drakensberg, overlooking Giant's Castle (in South Africa).

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

WEBSITE: www.morkelerasmus.com
WILD-EYE SAFARIS: www.photography.wild-eye.co.za

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell (a late one!)
2. #landscapearttuesday +LandscapeArtTuesday curated by +Christina Deubel
3. #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams , +Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl , +Vishal Kumar
4. #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Ara MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
5. #10000photographersaroundtheworld +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINERPhoto: "Welcome to the Drakensberg" - AFRICAN TUESDAY
Southern Drakensberg Mountains
Castleburn, Underberg, South Africa

NB: Click to open the photo full size!!

Good morning! The theme for today's round of African Tuesday is POWER PANOS. We want to see your panoramas. You can either just crop to a panoramic format or share a stitched panorama comprised of multiple frames. To share your photos:
1. tag your posts with #AfricanTuesday "Power Panos"
2. circle and include the +African Tuesday theme page
3. include the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock)
We are looking forward to your African power panos!

This is a mega-panorama I shot earlier this year in the Southern Drakensberg. The final panoramic stitch is 25919 x 4655 pixels and I recently printed it on 3meter wide canvas for a client. The detail in the large file is immense. I resized to 1600px wide for G+. Sorry for the watermarking, but I normally I only post as large as 1000px wide on the internet.

Photo taken with: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

WEBSITE: www.morkelerasmus.com
SAFARIS: www.wild-eye.co.za

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND)


Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell (a late one!)
2. #landscapearttuesday +LandscapeArtTuesday curated by +Christina Deubel
3, #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +* , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
4. #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams ,
+Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl ,
+Vishal Kumar
5. #pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
6. #plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek

#mountains   #panorama   #SouthAfrica   #Drakensberg   #nature   #landscape   #travel  Photo: "Canyon Window"
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Ais-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Southern Africa

Good morning G+! I've got 5 days to go before becoming a father for the 2nd time!

I felt like sharing one from the archives this morning...this was taken at the starting point of the very gruelling 6-day 90km hike through the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. At this point you start a very steep descent down to the Canyon floor. It's a rough trail with large boulders, thick sand and round riverine rocks to go over and through, and it's very psychological as there really is one only one way out - and that is through.

This was taken long before I knew much about proper landscape photography, but I like the view through a window here. The Fish River Canyon is the 2nd largest in the world, behind the Grand Canyon of course. It was overcast and raining slightly, strange weather for this desert landscape in winter.

Enjoy your week!!

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Submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Carra Riley
2. #mountainmonday  (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell
3. #naturemonday  (+NatureMonday) by +Kate Church +Rolf Hicker 
4. #moodymonday  (+Moody Monday) by +Carole Buckwalter +Philip Daly 
5. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Rinus Bakker +Marina Versaci +Tammy Boldt +Thierry Raemaekers etc
6. #plusphotoextract 

#canyon   #landscape   #Namibia   #PassionforAfrica  +Africa Geographic Photo: "Zambezi Dawn"
Lower Zambezi River
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

The mighty Zambezi river has long been a beacon of "wild Africa". In this spot, surrounded by the potential danger of lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and wild dog, it certainly felt like it. A beautiful sunrise dawns over this African frontier.

Today's theme for African Tuesday is "Raging Rivers"! Post your images of African rivers big and small, wide and narrow, in flood or dry, in cities or in the wilderness to the theme by tagging:

#AfricanTuesday  "Raging Rivers"
tagging myself and my co-curator +Johan Swanepoel 
tagging the official theme page +African Tuesday so we can re-share your images from there.

Photo taken with: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8

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Submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +Ke Zeng +paul t beard & +David Heath Williams 
2. #breakfastclub  (+Breakfast Club) by +Gemma Costa & +Andrea Martinez 
3. #plusphotoextract 
4. #paintography  (+Paintography) by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar & +Gail Beerman 
5. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Marina Versaci +Tammy Boldt +Rinus Bakker +Thierry Raemaekers etc
6. #nikonshooters  (+Nikon Shooters)

#riverscapephotography   #Zambezi   #Zimbabwe   #ManaPools   #sunrise   #dawn  +Africa Geographic +Safari +Wilderness Safaris +Getaway Magazine +Discover Africa  #PassionforAfrica  Photo: "River in a Dry Land..."
Fish River
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This is a panoramic stitch of a view I had somewhere in the middle of our hike through this, the second largest canyon in the world (behind the Grand one, of course), back in 2009. The light was harsh, but then again when you are hiking on the floor of a massive canyon then the good light doesn't really penetrate to where you are. This river looks small but you can see the crevasse it's carved through the years.

There's still time to get some images submitted to African Tuesday "Raging Rivers", so don't hesitate! Tag your images with #AfricanTuesday  "Raging Rivers", tag myself and +Johan Swanepoel (the curators) and also tag the +African Tuesday page.

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Submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Carra Riley +Margaret Tompkins etc.
2. #widewednesdaypanorama  (+WideWednesdayPanorama) - an early one - by +Lucille Galleli & +Ken McMahon 
3. #panopoker  Panoramics by +Mike Spinak +Barry Blanchard +Tony Payne & +Monique Yates 
4. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion)

#fishrivercanyon   #namibia   #hiking   #desert   #panorama   #travel   #canyon  Photo: "The Valley"
Maluti Mountains
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

It's Monday...time to descend into the valley of this week and conquor it step-by-step. Have a good one, folks!!

Remember that tomorrow is African Tuesday and we'll again be having an open theme! Anything goes as long as it's taken in Africa. Tag your photos #AfricanTuesday  and include the curators myself, +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock.

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Cr+eative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday  (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell 
2. #leadinglinesmonday  (+Leading Lines Monday) by +Pam Chalkley-Boling +Michael Stuart +Elle Rogers +David Murphy 
3. #moodymonday  (+Moody Monday) by +Carole Buckwalter +Dane Clingan 
4. #naturemonday  (+NatureMonday) by +Kate Church +Rolf Hicker 
5, #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Carra Riley et al
6. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Rinus Bakker +Marina Versaci +Syuzanna Avetisyan
7. #plusphotoextract   & #potd #photooftheday 

#mountains   #valley   #SouthAfrica  +Discover Africa +Africa Geographic +Getaway Magazine +Planet Photography +Google+ Photography Photo: "Canyon Reflections"
Fish River Canyon
Ais-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Namibia

It's a glorious new day - here's hoping all my G+ friends have a peaceful and relatively calm week without too many stumbling blocks.

This photo was taken during a hike back in 2009 through the bottom/floor of the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. It's the world's second-largest canyon (guess which one is the largest??) and the hike is a 5 or 6 day endeavour over some tough terrain which includes thick riverine sand, large boulders, small mountains and endless smaller rocks that you need to step on. You cross the river on many occasions, often having to take off your shoes and even float your backpack across, depending on the water level and the amount of rain during the wet season. The route is closed between October and May because of the sheer temperatures in this desert environment (it can reach over 50 degrees Celcius on the floor of the Canyon).

I created this images at the start of our 3rd day after we packed up our makeshift camp and started to strike out for the day. This one is for my friends +Anette Mossbacher (who was there recently), +Grobler du Preez , +Berndt Weissenbacher and +Dick Whitlock.

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Cr+eative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday  (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell 
2. #mirrormonday  (+Mirror Monday) by +Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards 
3. #naturemonday  (+NatureMonday) by +Rolf Hicker +Kate Church 
4. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +paul t beard +David Heath Williams etc
5. #moodymonday  (+Moody Monday) by +Carole Buckwalter +Philip Daly 
6. #plusphotoextract  & #potd 

#canyon   #Namibia   #FishRiverCanyon  #PassionforAfrica #mountains   #cliffs   #reflection   #river   #hike  +Discover Africa +Africa Geographic +Africa Travel Photo: "Lichen those Colours"
Rock Formations at sunset
Highveld region, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

It's been a while since I posted anything for Sunset Saturday, so here it is! A piece of eye candy from one afternoon around this time last year in the Belfast/Dullstroom area, South Africa.

During processing I could have gone for a BOOM! BANG! BLAM! oversaturated approach here, but preferred the subdued tones as it reminded me more of the actual colours I witnessed that night.

Photo taken with: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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Submission for:
1. #sunsetsaturday  by +Dennis Hoffbuhr 
2. #earthpatternsaturday  (+Earth Pattern Saturday) by +Beat Gretler +Annette Gretler 
3. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +Ke Zeng +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Carra Riley etc.
4. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek
5. #paintography  (+Paintography) by +Ray Bilcliff +Gail Beerman +Sherry McBriar 
6. #allthingsgreen  (+All Things Green) by +Cicely Robin Laing 
7. #potd   #pod   #photooftheday 
8. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Syuzanna Avetisyan +Marina Versaci +Rinus Bakker etc.
9. #skysunday  (+Sky Sunday - Photography Theme) by +Randy Scherkenbach +Patrick Scherkenbach 

#landscape   #rock   #outcrop   #sunset   #nature   #SouthAfrica   #lichen   #lichenpoker   #colours   #pixelworld  +PixelWorld +Drive South Africa +Getaway Magazine Photo: "Magnificent Maluti Mountains"
Maluti Mountains, Greater Drakensberg Range
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

Good morning folks! Today's theme for African Tuesday is MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS. We want to see all the hills, cliffs and mountains you've photographed in Africa. If you don't have any, all photos from Africa are still welcome, mountains just get extra smiles...
To submit your photos to the theme:
1. tag #AfricanTuesday  "Magnificent Mountains"
2. include the theme page +African Tuesday so we can reshare your work
3. include the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock)

This lovely morning scene was photographed in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The vista you see here overlooks the Maluti mountains, part of the Greater Drakensberg range. Over the mountains you see here lies the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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Submission for:
1. #mountainmonday  (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell - a late one!
2. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Carra Riley etc
3. #hqsplandscape  (+HQSP Landscape) by +Delcour Eric +Rinus Bakker +John Minor +Carina Marsh +Blake Harrold 
4. #pixelworld  +PixelWorld 
5. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
6. #potd  by +Colby Brown 

#mountains   #landscape   #nature   #SouthAfrica   #maluti   #Drakensberg  Photo: "Rocky View" - Mpumalanga, South AfricaPhoto: "Castle Rock Ablaze"
Castle Rock
Brenton-on-Sea, Western Cape, South Africa

I shared an intense sunset this past weekend with +Andrew Aveley on the beach of Brenton-on-Sea. This is the infamous Castle Rock viewed in the amazing light we witnessed. I photographed this while my camera and I were incessantly pelted with rain and lightning was flashing overhead.

I did not shoot many epic landscape photos in 2012 so this one has to count as one of  #mybest2012  (thanks for this theme +Barry Blanchard).

I hope you have a lovely restful week between Christmas and New Year.

Techs:
Nikon D800
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
f16 | 8 sec SS | ISO-200
Single Exposure

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

More info:
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Submission for:
1. #landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography) by +Margaret Tompkins +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Carra Riley etc
2. #ThirstyThursdayPics  by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra 
3. #hqsplandscape  (+HQSP Landscape) by +Rinus Bakker +Marina Versaci etc
4. #allthingsred  (+AllThingsRed)
5. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
6. #potd   #pod 
7. #natureartthursday  (+NatureArtThursday) by +Trisha Standard +Dane Clingan 
8. #paintography  (+Paintography) by +Ray Bilcliff +Gail Beerman Photo: "Castleburn Lake" - Drakensberg, South AfricaPhoto: "Castle Rock Sunset" - Brenton-on-Sea, South AfricaPhoto: "Drakensberg Serenity"
Castleburn Lake, Underberg, South Africa

I captured this scene one afternoon as a rainstorm was passing over the pristine southern Drakensberg area. I love the quality and dynamic range of the Nikon D800 files. I used a single exposure here, where I normally would have blended 2 or 3 exposures. I pushed the exposure on the shadows up by at least a stop with NO increase in shadow noise prevalent.

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Submission for:
#Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores
#mistymonday +Misty Monday curated by +Martin Rak
#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell
#moodymondayphotos +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly , +Carole Buckwalter
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker , +Jen Baptist
#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Araceli MO , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins , +Carra Riley , +paul t beard , +David Heath Williams ,
+Bill Wood , +Jim Warthman , +Ben T , +jeff beddow ,+Jeannie Danna , +Tom Hierl ,
+Vishal Kumar
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek

#reflection   #lake   #mountain   #SouthAfrica   #Drakensberg   #Nikon   #D800   #NikSoftware  +Nik Photography +Nikon Shooters +My Nikon Life Photo: "Africa Rocks" - Belfast, Mpumalanga, South AfricaPhoto: "Bushman's River Sunrise" - Giant's Castle, Drakensberg, South AfricaPhoto: "Gonubie Rocks" - Wild Coast, South AfricaPhoto: "Down by the Lake"
Castleburn Lake, Underberg, South Africa

I was challenged by +Mike Spinak to post a nature photo per day for 5 days. This is #3 - I hope you like it! Single exposure with the magnificent #D800  from #Nikon .

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SAFARIS: www.wild-eye.co.za

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

#landscapephotography   #lake   #Drakensberg   #Castleburn   #Underberg   #SouthAfrica   #feelgoodfriday   #reflectionphotos   #landscape   #waterscape  Photo: "Dawn in the Mountains"
Maluti Mountains, Drakensberg range, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

This is the last photo in the nature photo challenge - 5 nature photos in 5 days as per my challenger +Mike Spinak. I nominate +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock to post their own 5 photos over 5 days as well.

This is a lovely sunrise from a couple of years ago on a family holiday in the Maluti mountains.

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SAFARIS: www.wild-eye.co.za

This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.

#dawnonSunday   #landscapephotography   #mountains   #mountainmonday   #naturephotos   #landscape   #sunrise   #Africa   #SouthAfrica   #GoldenGate   #maluti   #drakensberg  Photo: "The Golden Gate Highlands"
Maluti Mountains, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

Good morning friends! This is a quick post from our Christmas weekend camping trip to this wonderful region of South Africa. It's a single exposure, captured handheld - just shows that in the right light you can make do without a tripod and fancy exposure bracketing. The dynamics range capabilities of the Nikon D800 sensor also helps...

Have a great week, and thanks for following my photography!

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This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography. 

#SouthAfrica   #landscapephotography   #mountainmonday   #naturemonday   #hqsplandscape   #GoldenGate   #FreeState   #DrakensbergPhoto: "FireClouds"
Maluti Mountains
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

Good morning, friends! I hope you have a splendid week.
This is from our Christmas weekend camping trip, shot handheld during a moment of insane light that was over in a couple of seconds.

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#mountains   #MountainMonday   #NatureMonday   #moodymonday   #moodymondayphoto  +Mountain Monday  #GoldenGate   #SouthAfrica   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto  +Landscape Photography  #hqsplandscape  Photo: "Canyon Descent"
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Good morning everyone! This photo is a throwback to 2009 when we did a grueling hike through the Fish River Canyon in Namibia with a group of our friends. This desert landscape is harsh and unforgiving, the only hope of surviving the 6-day 100km hike is that the river has water in it. I like how the hiker here adds scale to the scene.

I hope you have a great week!

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#Namibia   #hiking   #adventure  #Africa #travel 

Submission for:
#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker
#DesertSandDay +DesertSandDay curated by +Tuan Le
#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy, +Luca Ferroglio, +Craig Loxley, +Dorothy Pugh, +Jesse Martineau, and +David D
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography 
curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#BTPLandscapePro – +BTP Landscape Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Nancy DempseyPhoto: "Wild Coast Sunset" - AFRICAN TUESDAY
Gonubie, East London, South Africa

Good morning friends! It's time for African Tuesday again, and our theme today is OCEAN VIEWS...show us your views of the oceanic waters surrounding the continent of Africa. The Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean...
To share your photos to the theme:
1. tag your posts with #AfricanTuesday "Ocean Views"
2. include the +African Tuesday page for inclusion in the Top5 selection every week
3. include the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock)

Remember to also tag the daily theme #AFRICANature...

This is a moody sunset at the start of the Wild Coast of South Africa, along the Indian Ocean, looking back towards the city of East London.

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Submission for:
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy, +Luca Ferroglio, +Craig Loxley, +Dorothy Pugh, +Jesse Martineau, and +David D
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography 
curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINERPhoto: "Chobe Reflections" - AFRICAN TUESDAY
Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The last light of day is reflected in the crystal waters of the Chobe river, as our +Wild Eye photographic boat slowly goes back to the houseboat.

Today is African Tuesday again! It's an OPEN THEME, so anything goes shortly after this Easter weekend. To participate:
1. tag your photos with #AfricanTuesday
2. include the +African Tuesday page for consideration in the weekly Top5 selection
3. include the curators (myself, +Grobler du Preez, +Dick Whitlock) so we can pick up on your posts with ease...

Have a great day, friends!!

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SAFARIS: www.wild-eye.co.za

#Chobe   #Botswana   #Reflections   #landscapephotography   #riverscapephotography  Photo: "Colour in the Rocks" - AFRICAN TUESDAY
Karoo Desert, South Africa

I nearly missed out on submitting a photo for African Tuesday! The theme today is COLOURFUL AFRICA. To share your photos:
1. tag your posts with #AfricanTuesday  "Colourful Africa"
2. include the +African Tuesday theme page for inclusion in the weekly Top5 selection
3. include the curators (myself, +Dick Whitlock, +Grobler du Preez)

This sunset was photographed in the Mountain Zebra National Park, in the greater Karoo desert of South Africa.

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#landscapephotography   #landscapephoto  #SouthAfrica #rocks Photo: