December was supposed to be clear azure-blue skies and white popcorn clouds floating here and there! But for us, it was low dark sombre drizzle-filled clouds almost touching our heads as we drove higher up the pass which made picture taking not quite so pleasant! However, to make the best of it there was a picture to be had but only if you saw the special beauty in the 'graduated blues' of the distant shapes which make up the incredible Drakesberg mountains. (we did get some beautiful days as have been shown in the pictures up until this group)
From the back of the Kerkenberg to the view of seven kilometer-long Langberg which stands alongside Harrismith, the changing views morph from one to the other and the beautiful scenery just keeps going.
5D Canon Mk 11. Canon 100-400mmL.
I was hoping for a spectacular send-off-sunset for 2014 complete with flame oranges, dramatic golds and cerise coral pinks stretching across the entire sky!! But no! it was fairly windy and quiet out there alongside the road in the Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg apart from the odd passing car. We waited hoping that the sun would drop through the bank of thick cloud on the horizon but that there would be some gaps for it to wave it's last goodbyes, but sadly no. We moved to another favorite spot and found this water puddle from the recent rains and just maybe... it's final wave was reflected there..
Canon 5D Mk11. Canon 24-105mm L. Canon 100-400mm L.
The Hex River Valley must surely be one of the most beautiful valleys on earth. If you catch the light 'just right' whether it be late morning (as above) or late afternoon when the mountains glow orange from the setting sun, it is breathtaking!! This humble valley is also well renowned for it's top-class wine and hundreds of thousands of bottles are produced each year. We have passed this way many, many times over the years but each time it seems to be more beautiful from the last offering up just that little bit extra...
Canon 5D Mk11. Canon 100-400mm L.