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From Ice to Fire 19

From Ice to Fire 19
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Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-27
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-29 13:41
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Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The 19th in the series under the title FROM ICE TO FIRE - A 200 MILLION YEAR JOURNEY BETWEEN TWO DESERTS. To follow the whole story, one would have to start with Image 1.

It is now approximately 220 million years before present (MYBP) and the climate has become very arid. The whole of Southern Africa is a sand desert. Aeolian (wind-blown) sand dominates the environment in the form of transverse and barchan dunes but some playa lakes of ephemeral streams in which crustaceans occur are still in evidence. Small dinosaurs also manage to survive (M.R. Johnson et. al., 2006). The sandstones today form magnificent peaks and pinnacles at the current erosion surface which has no resemblance to what the landscape looked like back then.

The journey is nearly complete, from an ice desert, through a progressively warmer and more arid climate over a period of 200 million years, into a sand desert of the same extent. Much of what is left of biological life will soon be blown away - not by wind but by fire.

Reference: Johnson, M.R. and van Vuuren, C.J., Visser, J.N.J., Cole, D.I., de V. Wickens, H., Christie, A,D.M., Roberts, D.L. and Brandl, G. (2006). Sedimentary Rocks of the Karoo Supergroup. In: Johnson, M.R., Anhaeusser, C.R. and Thomas, R.J. (Eds.), The Geology of South Africa. Geological Society of South Africa. Johannesburg/Council for Geoscience, Pretoria, 461-499.

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This is great!!!
What an education to the world,
Love it.
Love all the images that you have placed within these series too.
Best and most kind regards,
Mario from Canada.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-29 15:44]

Hi Neels,i agree with Oscar,this is great and very interesting,the form of these rocks are incredible and unique,a great capture another,i like the large view and the pastel colors in a correct exposure too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Neels- I have been following your all "From Ice To Fire" series pictures. Precise and very useful NOTE. I like the colour and splendid DOF in the picture. Well framed. It seems we are standing and watching the beauty of mother nature. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Ciao Neels, fantastic landscape, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-30 2:06]

Hallo Neels,
Fascinerend landschap in mooie kleuren en een prachtige compositie. Goede diepte in de foto.
Vriendelijke groet,

Hello Neels,
This landscape is indeed a masterpiece....I like this panorama.....
A very interesting rock formation. Excellent depth of field and clarity as usual.

Nature is such an infinite store of wonders, Neels.
This is a mind blowing image of these amazing rock formations.
This is yet another gem from your highly educative series.

Quite well.need more dept of field in such landscape.but not very bad.color looks natural.

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