Taken in the Itala Game Reserve just outside the Ntshondwe Camp.
The Itala game reserve, tumbles from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world`s oldest rock formations.
Situated in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Ithala Game Reserve`s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species.
Its scenic beauty aside, Ithala`s most characteristic feature is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity. Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are found here, dating back 3 000 million years.
With a topographic profile varying from 400m above sea level in the north to 1 450m near Louwsberg in the south, Ithala`s terrain extends over lowveld and densely vegetated riverine valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces.
The sign says "Dung Beatles have right of way" as they are protected. They have an important role in the ecological sysyem however small they might be. Right of way, that is if you see them because they are not that big.
Scanned from negative slide.
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leo61 (0) 2007-02-09 12:22
Good shot with an interesting note.A well composed image with very nice,soft green tones and a good contrast with the red sign.Good depth, too with the road and masts, at the flat part of this nice landscape
albertopiubello (2623) 2007-02-09 12:52
what an interesting shot!
I haven't ever seen a sign like that before!
And what a marvellous landscape with so many green tones!
Have a nice we.
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2007-02-09 13:23
A very educative shot, the national parks as one sees in India are vastly different from the one we see here. Mostly grassland here and one gets a open view, more chances to spot wildlife than in the thickly wooded game parks. Excellent DOF. Well researched note as well.
With Greetings from India
michiels (4170) 2007-02-09 14:27
This is an original one. Better than our signs, means that there is still life in the surrounding !! i like the compo and colours too.
Nicou (133550) 2007-02-09 16:49
très belle photo, originale et très bien cadrée.
Bravo et bonne soirée.
qpochet (1412) 2007-02-09 17:46
Very instructive note and good illustration. The landscape captured is rellay beautiful. I like the green tones. Nice composition as well and good DOF.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-02-10 6:13
Excellent scan, and a very interesting and unusual sign, I can't see how much use it could be in protecting the beetles though. Having visited KZN in winter, it;s nice to see it in the green season here.
Dragonheart (8414) 2007-02-10 8:19
Beautiful capture, I have never seen such a sign before. Good colours and framing. Informative note.
Wanda1 (15058) 2007-02-11 0:02
I like this shot taken in the midst of summer when everything is so nice and green in South Africa. I like the road and the poles leading us through the shot and adding to the depth. And I love the sign!
sebcz (2345) 2007-02-11 17:02
A very funny sign. Apart from that, it's well composed, I like the composition and the green areas. Definitely a photo to stay in mind.
ktanska (26369) 2007-02-12 4:43
Beautiful scenery with nicely dotted rising background. Quite surprising sign. Yes I can imagine that those beetles are not easy to note from a car.
danyy (0) 2007-02-13 7:56
tu voyages beaucoup, l'origine de tes photos le prouve. En voici une , inhabituelle dans laquelle j'aime les couleurs. Une noet interessante , écologique.
Bien à toi.
Deepforest (9260) 2007-02-15 17:04
very nice shot, especially the light and fantastic colours! Perfect composition and interesting note.
Pascale (10456) 2007-02-16 17:00
Photo très interessante par le contraste entre le dégradé de verts et le rouge du panneau.bonne soirée
karn (497) 2007-02-17 4:20
Beautiful scenery nice POV especialy your note is very good.
colibriav (2172) 2007-11-20 14:53
Magnifica la señal, buena entre todas, me imagino que advierte la presencia de los escarabajos peloteros.