The large banded stones were found in the area shortly before Groblaarshoop in the Northern Cape. After consulting the internet, the closest we could find was that it is a high-grade hematite deposit and can be traced from Pomfret in the north to Prieska in the south, a distance of 400km.
The smaller stones embedded in the rich burnt sands of the red Kalahari were found between these two points, a ways before Groblaarshoop.
Witsand Nature Reserve is a 2 500 hectare island of brilliant white sands surrounded by a sea of regular red and burnt-orange Kalahari sand. The accommodation comprises of self-catering three bedroomed stone bungalows which are fully air-conditioned should you need this luxury in the heat of the day, +- 40 degrees centigrade! The little waterhole is visited by a mix of little creatures, including small buck, that have become brave enough to take a drink while you are sitting on the patio.
This is a great place to visit if you want peace and solitude, take walks among the dunes and bicycle rides along the red dirt roads while breathing in the clean fresh air, watch the sun go down and light a fire for the evening meal!
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.