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Umzimkulu river

Umzimkulu river
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 18-55, 58mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/22, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-12 6:00
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Points: 8
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The Umzimkulu River literally meaning "big" river in Zulu near its origin in the Drakensberg mountains which are shown in the background. This image was taken in late autumn probably about 3 weeks before the first snowfalls in this region. An area of fairly high rainfall during the summer months this area is then beautifull and green but as winter approaches the green becomes less and less. Downstrem this river flows through the Oribi Gorge and then to the Indian Ocean near the town of Port Shepstone.
The Drakensberg mountains form an integral part of South African History with a lot of early drawings and art of the "San" people found here. The first white farmers of Dutch stock fleeing from British rule had to navigate these mountains with their ox wagons which was no small feat.

Wikipeadia has the following to say about these mountains.

The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: "Drakensberge") is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,420 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba ("barrier of spears"), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti). Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of the world. Geologically, the range resembles the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.
The range is located in the eastern part of South Africa, running for some 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from south-west to north-east. The mountains drain on the western slopes by the Orange and Vaal rivers, and on the east and south by a number of smaller rivers, the Tugela being the largest. The range separates KwaZulu-Natal Province from Free State Province, looming over the nearby coast of Natal.
A Guide to the Drakensberg describes the escarpment as lying "parallel to the south-eastern coast of South Africa from the Northern Province to the Eastern Cape." In the vicinity of Giant's Castle, it "swings to the south-west and enters the Eastern Cape", splitting there into the separate ranges of Stormberg, Bamboes, Suurberg, Nieuveld and Komsberg.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
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Hi Robi,
an ancient and rugged looking landscape that looks like it hasn't changed in thousands, perhaps millions of years. It also looks like challenging country to travel in too.
Your composition has used the river well to draw the eye through the narrow looking canyon and then to the imposing peaks beyond. Rich saturated colour adds to the overall impact of the image.
It may be me, or is the image tilting to to the left a little?
Anyway, great to see a such an impressive and wild vista, thanks alot for sharing it.

Hi Robin,
That certainly looks like wild nature. Something we Europeans have to travel a far distance for to see it. The curve in the river is very well used and draws the eyes nicely. I don't think the photo is tilted because the tree looks straight to me. I do however think that this is not the best quality the camera can create. You either forgot to re-sharpen the photo again or did a heavy crop. It lacks of fine details in the FG.

Hello Robin
A great landscape and well composed photo

Hi Robin,
This Landscape is a good demonstration of different strata and geology in South Africa.

Our gorgeous South African winter sky is emphasising the the grey, chiseled rock of the Drakensberg in the background.

I like the layout of your photo i.e. the v shaped middle part drawing the attention to THE Berg. The meandering stream disappearing round the corner adds interest - the wish to know "what is behind the corner?"

The dark green, South African winter colours in the bottom left corner balance the v shape and draw the viewer to the stream bed - rounding off the image.

The country side reminds me a lot of the scenery in the Natal National Park near the Amphitheatre.

A beautiful South African Countryside - beautifully presented.

Have a good week,
Kind Regards

PS Thanks for letting me know about the Transport Dam

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