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Fish river canyon

Fish river canyon
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-09
Categories: River
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-25 21:45
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Points: 12
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Fish River Canyon

The Fish River is, at 650 kilometres, the longest river in Namibia. Its source lies in the eastern Naukluft Mountains and flows south-west of Ai-Ais into the Oranje.

The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. It developed predominantly during the pluvial times - a rainy climatic epoch - many millions of years ago. With a depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, before the Grand Canyon in America. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approx. 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais. The canyon starts near Seeheim, is 161 kilometres long and ends at Ai-Ais.

The Fish River Canyon probably formed about 500 million years ago. However, the gorge was not only created by water erosion, but also through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth's crust.

Because the Fish River is being dammed in Hardap near Mariental, it only contains a small amount of running water. In winter, during the dry season, the river bed is often completely dry or reduced to only the occassional puddle. However, after rainfalls in summer the river can become a raging torrent.

The canyon is part of a Nature Conservation Park. The gate is situated at the restcamp Hobas. From there, you have to drive another 10 kilometres to the actual Canyon which offers a stunning view of "Hell's Bend".

The Fish River Canyon has become a popular hiking destination. However, hikes require good physical health and should only be undertaken during the cooler winter months (between May and September). A permit from Namibia Wildlife Resorts in Windhoek must be obtained. The hike is 86 km in length and takes about 5 days.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-11-25 22:11]

Hi Peter,
An amazing crisp clear image with good depth.The natural layered colours of the canyans have been brought across very well.Correct exposure showing interesting details of the "mountain" sides.

Hello Peter! Amazing canyon, wonderful landscape, cosmic countryside. Superb wide and long perspective. Good cut. Fine efefect. Very good information. Well done!

Impressive landscape with good dept fine color gamut and lovely detail Peter! Namibia is truly spectacular paradise and dream for every wildlife photographer! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter
Unearthly landscape, on the moon. Interesting country, an interesting photo.

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle publication dont la bonne commposition permet au regard de suivre les méandres de la rivière pour pénétrer profondément dans l'image afin d'en découvrir tous les détails sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
Une toute petite interrogation cependant : la photographie ne penche-t-elle pas légèrement sur la droite ?
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter,
What a beautiful shot. This is where we might be going next year. Stunning. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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