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Drakensberg mountains

Drakensberg mountains
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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: 2002-08-16
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-17 3:42
Viewed: 4076
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Drakensberge, Dutch: Drakensbergen, "the Dragon Mountains") is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 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 highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3,482 metres (11,424 ft). Other notable peaks include Mafadi at 3,450 m, Makoaneng at 3,416 m, Njesuthi at 3,408 m, Champagne Castle at 3,377 m, Giant's Castle at 3,315 m, and Ben Macdhui at 3,001 m, all of these are in the area bordering on Lesotho. Another popular area for hikers is Cathedral Peak. North of Lesotho the range becomes lower and less rugged until entering Mpumalanga where the quartzite mountains of the Transvaal Drakensberg are loftier and more broken and form the eastern rim of the Transvaal Basin, the Blyde River Canyon lying within this stretch.

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Very beautiful with great atmosphere and depth. Well done, Peter.

Hello my friend Peter,

What a lovely scenic picture of the Drakensberg Mountains, really nice and well presented image,

Good colour and contrast in the foreground leading you into the snow capped mountains,
well done Peter and TFS,


PS Good note info,

Hi Peter,
You make me so nostalgic with all the beautiful landscapes you place. I don't even want to work anymore. Hahaha!! This is so beautiful with the clouds low over the mountains. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-17 7:20]

Lovely landscape with all the layers beautiful laid out,
the clouds add beauty. tfs.

Hi Peter,
very nice photo of this mountains. I really like it! Amazing colours in the foreground. I like your composition and point of view. And these clouds...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-17 12:08]

Hello Peter,
Very beautfiul photo of a landscape in fantastic colours, good sharpness and a very pleasing composition. Fantastic!

One of the most beautiful mountains in our Continent! Majestic and Peaceful capture with superb colors indeed. Bravo Peter!
George Veltchev

Hi Peter,
Wonderful mountain scene. The mountains have a great orange color. Nice depth with the trees in the front and the mountains in the background. I didn't know you had high mountains ranges like this in Africa. I like it.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-18 1:28]

Hello Peter,
very lovely landscape of a special view. The point of view is well chosen to depict the colours and surroundings.
Very good educational notes too.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-21 6:08]

Hello Peter,
Didn't know that you have so high mountains in SA! Funny, but it looks quite like around here..
A little bit hazy atmosphere, well rendered by your shot.
Interesting note too.
Thanks and kind regards

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