Sunday Stills : Big sky

Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Big Sky

Posted on January 13, 2013 by 

So for  this challenge use the rule of thirds  and set your horizon in the bottom third of the pic and get some great sky shots. Day or night, cloudy or sunny. Cool blue or white from total cloud cover or spotty clouds. Even use sunrises and sunsets, the possibilities are endless….

 

BIG SKY

Sunrise over Victoria Waterfalls

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Big sky in Limpopo near Mokopane South Africa

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Remember South Africa 2010:(no 5 Mokgophong – Naboomspruit)

The few days I stayed with my older sister was pleasant. We could catch up on many things.

She took me one morning to the new GOLF PARK ESTATE between Modimolle and Mokgophong.

Club house and cable car starting point at bottom of Waterberge.

From the veranda of the Club house. In the middle is a Naboom.

Euphorbia candelabrum is a succulent species of plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. Its Latin name derives from its growth habit, often considered to resemble the branching of a candelabrum. E. candelabrum is endemic to the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa along theEast African Rift system. It is known in Ethiopia by its Amharic name qwolqwal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_candelabrum

Inside the main building everything looked grand and rich.

Cable car moving up. Top of the mountain looking down at the Club house and

Nyls Vlei in the distance.

Looking at the Nyls Valley from the top.

The Nyl Floodplain is the largest inland floodplain in sSouth Africa, reaching 16 000 hectares when fully inundated. 10% of this floodplain is formally conserved as Nylsvley Nature Reserve, and was listed as a RAMSAR site, an internationally important habitat for waterfowl, in July 1998. Soon to be declared a national park, Nylsvley is one of the top birding spots in southernAfrica, with at least 365 species recorded. Over 104 water bird species visit (and many breed) during extensive flooding, which only occurs every three or four years. In high rainfall years, it is best to visit for two to four days in February to May. In dry seasons a two-day visit to see the bushveld birds is recommended.

http://www.sabirding.co.za/birdspot/060707.asp

We three sisters also went out for a good lunch just outside Naboom.

Here is a photo of the three of us together.

At my sisters place. This is Lilly looking at a lizard on the wall.

Mookgophong, also known by its former name, Naboomspruit, is a town in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Town 42km north-east of Nylstroom and 51km south-west of Potgietersrus. It was founded on the farm Vischgat in 1907 and administered by a health committee from 1919. The name Naboomspruit is Afrikaans but derived from Khoekhoen; ‘euphorbia tree stream’, after the Euphorbia ingens which grows there.[2] The town was officially renamed Mookgophong on the 24 November 2006, by the South African government [3].

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookgophong

The next trip is going to be the one to Zimbabwe.

It is a whole expedition on itself.

I am just going to touch it so that I can move on to the next Remember S A.

Remember South Africa 2010(no 4 Polokwane)

My friend took me to Pretoria/Tswane to be be with some older best friends for a few days. It was so good to just catch up on every bit and gossip! My younger sister came to pick me up to be with her for the rest of the time. She lives in Polokwane.

Preparations were made for the World Soccer Cup in South Africa.

This is how it looked in front of my sisters gate!

Very hard to get in and out.

Every day it was a struggle to get the car out!

My sister and I had a good time.

We visited a friend of hers just out of town.

Wonderful to be out and about.

After a week my sister took me to Naboomspruit to be with my older sister for a few days.

On the way to Naboom just outside Mokopane is the Moorddrif Monument.

This is only the dead old tree .

They have planted a new tree next to the monument.

(Photos taken 2010)

The Moorddrift Monument (lit. Murder Ford Monument) is a provincial heritage site in Potgietersrus in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

In 1993 it was described in the Government Gazette as

This simple but important little monument stands under two large camelthorn trees beside the national road 16 km south of Potgietersrust, just where the road used to cross the Nyl River by a drift. It commemorates the murder of a number of settlers in this region.
I tried to find more information on this monument. There was not much although it is part of S A  history