Klipspringer Trail – Augrabies Falls National Park

Some friends and I walked the Klipspringer Hiking Trail in the Augrabies National Park. Rated as Moderate to Difficult, it is well worth the effort. A magnificent trail. Here are some photographs of the trail.
The sentinal, watching over the hikers

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Flowers

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Wind erosion

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Arrow Point

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Arrow Point again

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Fish Eagle Hut – end of Day 1

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Cooking fire

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Day 2 — Down to the Orange River. Probably the hardest part of the trip, but certainly the most beautiful

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The trail ahead.

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And more trail ahead.

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The Orange / Gariep River in its gentle phase.

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Leopard foot print (spoor).

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Follow the river.

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Turning point. Turn away from the river and back into the heat.

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The hot river bed.

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Berghut and the end of the second day.

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Day Three
Looking back on the Swart Rante (Black Ridges)

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Quiver Tree and a sociable weavers nest.

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Moon Rock. Nearly the end of the trail.

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If you like trail and a challenge, this one is for you.

 

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Astro Photography in Bontebok National Park

We went to the Bontebok National park to do some astro-photography. The park is small but beautiful.

Bontebok Park website is here:

There were some clouds early in the evening which cleared up and by 2 am the stars were gorgeous.
Sunset. Clouds to ruin the “seeing”. Nice pictures though.

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10 pm. Still clouds but they do add some interest.

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2 am and the camera is out of focus. Pictures are still pretty good though.

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Random Photographs

Just a random selection of photographs from here and there.

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Dragon fly

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Music in the Park

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Just a random selection of photographs from here and there.

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Dragon fly

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Music in the Park

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Pigs Ear flower

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Tok Tokkie Beetle

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Mimosa Thorn Bush

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Stilt

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Praying Mantis

Moody Moon in the clouds

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Pigs Ear flower

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Tok Tokkie Beetle

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Mimosa Thorn Bush

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Stilt

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Praying Mantis

 

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Lights on Lion’s Head

Lions Head has become a popular place to watch the sunset. Every night we watch people descending the peak after dark, their head light visible as bright dots in the darkness. To give some time frame the picture here were taken over a period of about 30 minutes, another time indicator is that you can see a star setting over Lions Head.

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The composite track looked like this:

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Cape Point – The Fairest Cape in all the World

We visited Cape Point Nature reserve and got a bit suntanned, a couple of new birds and as usual some really great images,

Buffelsbaai. I had a swim trying out the new action camera, but was warned out of the water by the surfers. Said they had seem some sharks and fairly close in.  This is Dylan braving the shark infested seas…

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Its a shark, really. How do I know? It moved faster than the surrounding kelp. Seriously, they were not very big and didn’t seem to take much notice of humans in the water.

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Platbos on the Atlantic Side was so very beautiful.

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Of course a polarising filter helps.

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Dissent in the family. Juvenile birds always give trouble.

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Smitswinkel Bay

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Erica – they seem to like the disturbed edges of the roads.

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