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Bourke's Luck Portholes

Bourke's Luck Portholes
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-24
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF-S DX Nikkor18-105mmF/3.5-5.6G-ED-VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-08 8:24
Viewed: 1940
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this picture at the place, called "Bourke's Luck Potholes" which is situated near Graskop town, South Africa. Water power to shape a landscape is spectacularly displayed here where centuries of river activity have carved out a dramatic and intricate series of natural geological rock formation and pools.

* Bourke's Luck Potholes are natural water features found within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa about 35 Km north of Graskop on the R532 road.

* Located at the beginning of the Blyde River canyon, these cylindrical potholes on the bed rock have been carved over thousands of years by sand and pebbles swirling around in whirlpools, when the Treur River plunge into the Blyde River. Initially, water borne pebbles carved out small depressions, which soon trapped river debris further accelerating erosion. The hollows grew over time and deepened to cylindrical potholes up to several metres deep.

* The potholes were named after an unsuccessful Gold prospector named Tom Bourke who discovered signs of alluvial gold in the canyon in the late 1880s. He quickly staked a claim and began to pan for gold, although hundreds of others found riches just south of where he predicted the presence of the precious metal. Bourke's Gold mine proved to be completely fruitless but his legacy lives on at "Bourke's Luck Potholes". Some tourists treat "Bourke's Luck Potholes" as a "Wishing Well" and many have dropped coins into the potholes.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-08 9:08]

Hello Srikumar,
beautiful place but a fantastic pic too,what a composition and what a very professional work.Regards Sigi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-08 9:51]

Hello Srikumar,
Very beautiful photo in nice warm colours, good sharpness, DOF and an attractive composition.

Hello Srikumar,
a very pleasent picure with warm colours, good sharpness and lots of details.
I like the pattern of the rocks too.

Well done.


hallo Sri
very nice picture to see
good sharpness and good details
thanks gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-07-08 19:52]
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Hello Srikumar,
What a beautiful and interesting place you have shared with us. The colors of the rock features are simply gorgeous and the intricate patterns are stunning to say the least. Love the overall composition while the exposure is right on the money. These are the type of places that my wife and I love to visit. Great work!!

Hello Srikumar

The diving POV you have choose and with the warm color tones
of the rocks they give dynamism to the photo, TFS


Ciao Srikumar, great POV on fantastic place, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Srikumar
very impressive depth, i like the colors and the shapes of the rocks
superb POV showing us the small waterfall
Have a good night

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-07-11 22:27]

Hi Srikumar
What a sight! Amazing landscape from such a viewpoint. I like the colors as well.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-17 6:36]

Hi Sri,a great spectacle this view on this canyon,very curious rock formation made by the time and weather,bright colors and fine details,remind me a place that i seen recently in Cuba.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar,

The downward point of view is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing the details of the Canyon. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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