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Karoo Landscapes

Published March 18th, 2012

South Africa, the Northern Cape Province.
That is where an ancient landscape unfolds and where people have worked hard and long to make a living of sparse resources. Sheep and wool, man and dog, bushmen before them hunting springbok and bigger game.
The landscape is big and empty, and has a beauty appreciated by those who stay there for a while. This is a landscape that needs to grow on you, and once it does it will stay with you wherever your travels take you next. The sky above those empty plains and hills accentuate the beauty of it all. Sometimes deep blue, but mostly dotted with a sea of soft white blobs.
The soil is often bone dry, but it does rain here now and then. Sometimes the vegetation is green and could be called lush. Thunderstorms are to be experienced here, their beauty despite temporary violence.
Sunrise and sunset in the Karoo is for the privileged few. As are the deep, dark nights when stars and planets wheel overhead, leaving one breathless in awe.

Karoo Sky

The Karoo, South Africa

  • February 20th, 2009
  • NIKON D200
  • 29mm / f/10 / 1/400 sec

Karoo Koppies and Sky

The Karoo, South Africa.

  • February 21st, 2009
  • NIKON D200
  • 18mm / f/10 / 1/350.0003 sec

Rock Sculpture

The Karoo, South Africa.
No man or machine piled these rocks into magnificent sculptures. It is the heat of the sun that cracked the rock, and wind and rain that shaped the boulders subsequently.

Hotel Karoo

The Karoo, South Africa. A communal nest of Weaver Birds.

  • February 21st, 2009
  • NIKON D200
  • 18mm / f/11 / 1/500 sec

The Thunderstrom

In the Karoo, South Africa.

Karoo sunset

The Karoo, South Africa

The Natural Setting

The Karoo, South Africa.
The natural setting for a Quiver tree, family of Aloe's. Hillsides and buttes of the Karoo are dotted with these magnificent trees... if you know where to look for them.

The Witgat Tree

The Karoo, South Africa.
Witgat Tree, leaning against a dolorite rock, some Quiver Trees on the slope. These are just a few natural wonders of the Karoo.

Karoo Landscape

The Karoo, South Africa.
Who could ever tire of views like this. The hike up there may be taxing, but the rewards are great. An ancient landscape unfolds. No better place to sit in the shade of a rock sculpture, built by nature, to contemplate the world and man's place in all of this.

Wonders of the Karoo

The Karoo, South Africa.
The landscape on top of one of the many buttes is out of this world... The Karoo is a place of utter beauty for those willing and able to climb hills, brave the heat and carry a bag of photo gear.

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