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Sacred Land

Sacred Land
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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: 2008-05-12
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon PowerShot A640
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-08-21 19:57
Viewed: 3016
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During the 1800's, Amathole Mountains were the scene of much conflict between Xhosa tribes amongst themselves and with the invading British. This shows part of the beautiful landscape during late autumn which is the best season here. Left on the horizon is a famous landmark generally known as Gaika's Kop (Gaika's Hill) but that appears to be a misnomer. During the time of Chief Ngqika, traditional healers used to receive their training on that mountain in the Amathole which, still according to popular belief, is the land of the Xhosa forefathers. The image shows the typical landscape of the area and, without any maintenance, the road in the foreground has become virtually impassable.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-22 4:01]

Hi Neels,a very nice pic and a very interesting of what happen's in the past in these valleys,now it looks abandoned and wothout human life as i can see.Excellent shot whit good details and the typical colors of the season.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

WOW what history. Funny, didn't know it was your shot NEELS, it just caught my eye..and then i was thinking, wow could use the clone tool on the road...but it would ruin your note. :0)

Breathtaking shot

Lovely pic from you archive,dear Neels!
And what history!!!I love Africa...wow!!! This a scenery which I dream to go in the future!Thanks for sharing it with us!!! So so well done!
Best wishes from your friend,

hello Neels,
wonderful landscape with fantastic DoF. great colour and space utilization.
best wishes,

Hi Neels,
very interesting photo. Beautiful region. Also thanks for interesting note. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Neels
Hope you are well. Lovely image of this typical South African landscape. My only problem with this scene is lack of adjectives here or rather the lack of focal point. The big tree in the middle is taking our attention unnecessarily and the 50/50 splitting of the frame does not create the most inspiring composition ... in my opinion. Good depth and informative note. The lack of sharpness and clarity is partly understandable based on the fact that you have used a tiny compact camera here. I would love to see some other images from you shortly! Take care and greetings !
George Veltchev

Hallo Neels
I really like the wide open space seen in this view of the Amathole Mountains. I also like the fact that one can see how far the road the road twirls through the mountain until it disappears over the hill in the far distance. The Cape Province is indeed a great place for viewing spectacular landscapes and you have just shown us one of the many to be seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Neels,
Another marvelous image. A perfect photo taken from a good POV. Impressive mountain view. The details are fantastic. Very sharp and excellent natural colors.
Thanks for sharing!

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