Eroded open over many millions of years, in the foreground and halfway up the mountain are deposits of meandering rivers passing through an arid environment. Then, in the late Triassic, more than 200 million years ago, the whole of present-day Southern Africa turned into a sand desert, the erosion remnants of which are widespread around the Lesotho Highlands and can be seen as fantastic shapes in the upper part of the mountain. I am doing a series on TN of how the environment changed over a period of 200 million years from cold and wet to dry and hot and I need only one more image before I can take the story further. Will travel for that this weekend.
The birds in the FG are a small bonus. Blue cranes, the national bird of South Africa, are fairly common in the area and the town of Indwe, not far from here, was named after them by the Xhosa name of the blue crane.
By the way, I do not know why it says here that the Eastern Cape is in the west of South Africa. It is, of course, in the east.
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ikeharel (61523) 2014-09-03 10:32
Good evening Neels,
An interesting note to a wonderful desert scenery, with unique earth formation, you well explained how it was formed.
The sight is awesome, superbly collected a marvelous picture.
Looking forward to see much more about.
Silvio1953 (128479) 2014-09-06 10:14
Ciao Neels, fascinating landscape, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jhm (142900) 2014-09-08 3:59
Wanneer ik u goed begrijp in uw tekst, zou Zuid Afrika ooit beter grond gehad hebben dan nu, de dorre woestijn.
Uw foto is mooi gemaakt in drie lagen waardoor er een mooie variatie is in kleur en contrast.
Excellent compositie en mooie presentatie.
Goed gedaan, bedankt.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen BelgiŽ,
jemaflor (88217) 2014-10-04 23:34
Beautiful landscape with a good contrast between Fg and mountains in the BG, light is well captured, pleasant tones, tfs.