Pictures Of African Landscape

Pictures Of African Landscape

African Landscape photography in the vastness of this big continent. Often thick untamed African bush which opens up in a big Savannah or in a dry arid desert. Namibia’s landscape, countless scenes open up for landscape photography. Mountains of all kinds, sand dunes in red or yellow color, dry river beds surrounded by mountains and when lucky you stumble over a African elephant herd living in the desert. In the south you will find the second largest “deep hole” in the ground on earth, the Fish River Canyon. A little Eldorado for landscape photography and photographers of all kinds. Along the Skeleton coast the shipwrecks are well worth to visit. This time I ended up not in the deep hole in the south, nop, I went all the way to the northern border to the Epupa falls. I had landscape photography in my mind, motion blur of the water and clouds, Lee filters nestled nicely in the camera bag for Africa. Big Stopper and Little Stopper did the job for this fine art landscape photography trip very well.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

Already a few km’s before the Epupa falls, Baobab tress grew all over the landscape. You drive through a little valley on both sides growing Baobab trees small and big, fascinating area and for sure as well a great spot for Baobab trees or landscape photography. Sadly there was not to much time to stop nor the right time to take landscape photographs of this great looking area. Well, next time I will built in a stop on my trip just for this great Baobab tree landscape opportunity. If you want to get more info on Namibia’s landscape check out the blog from Namibia Tourism, I highly can recommend it to find spots and more places in Namibia for wildlife and landscape photography.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

NATURE From aardvarks to zebras, South Africa is full of wildlife. The country takes up only about one percent of Earth’s land surface, but is home to almost 10 percent of the world’s known bird, fish, and plant species and about 6 percent of its mammal and reptile species. The seas around South Africa are also crowded with wildlife. About 2,000 marine species visit South African waters at some point during the year. There’s also a world-famous sardine run off the east coast each June that draws thousands of hungry sharks, dolphins, and birds. South Africa works to preserve its wildlife with dozens of protected land and marine areas, including the famous Kruger National Park in the north, as well as nearly 9,000 privately-owned game reserves throughout the country. Nevertheless, many of South Africa’s animals are hurt by illegal hunting and loss of habitat, and dozens of species are in danger of extinction, including the black rhinoceros, the cheetah, and the African wild dog.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

HISTORY In northern South Africa near Johannesburg, there is a cave formation called the Sterkfontein. Within these caves, archaeologists have uncovered some of the earliest human fossils ever found. Some are more than two million years old. The find earned the region the nickname “Cradle of Humankind.” About 24,000 years ago, tribes of hunter-gatherers known as the San, or Bushmen, began moving into South Africa. Many San still live, much as their ancestors did, around the Kalahari Desert in the northwest. In the 1400s, European ships heading to the Far East began stopping on the South African coast for supplies. In 1652, the Netherlands established the southern city of Cape Town, and Dutch farmers, called Boers, began settling in the areas around the city. In 1806, wars in Europe left the British in control of the Cape Town colony. In 1910, the British united four colonies in the region and created South Africa. They established laws that separated whites from black South Africans, a practice of segregation called apartheid, which led to decades of conflict. In 1963, Nelson Mandela, head of the anti-apartheid African National Congress, was given a life sentence in jail for “terrorist” activities. In 1990, after 27 years behind bars, he was freed by President F.W. de Klerk. In 1994, Mandela was elected president of South Africa.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

South Africans are passionate about music, often using song and dance to express social and political ideas. They’re also known worldwide for their skill in sports, including rugby, cricket, golf, and soccer. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the World Cup.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

The seas around South Africa are also crowded with wildlife. About 2,000 marine species visit South African waters at some point during the year. There’s also a world-famous sardine run off the east coast each June that draws thousands of hungry sharks, dolphins, and birds.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

In the 1400s, European ships heading to the Far East began stopping on the South African coast for supplies. In 1652, the Netherlands established the southern city of Cape Town, and Dutch farmers, called Boers, began settling in the areas around the city.
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Pictures Of African Landscape

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2 days at Epupa falls. One scouting day to find good spots, mark them with leaving rock piles, to find the goodies spots in the dark early morning. Stumbling out of our campsite, yawn, at a round 5:15am, climbing up the hills to get to my left overs, the rock piles. From one pile to the other always taking a few long exposure photos. It takes time to get the composition done in the camera. Shall I use the wide angle lens or 70-200mm? Tja, well hey yep yeah and what do I use, of course my fav lens for landscape photography, the 70-200mm. All set, yes, now the fiddling with the filter thingies, ring was in place on lens already! Oh man, filter holder in front of lens, filter grabbing, watch out, don’t touch the glass, don’t you dare to drop it, sliding the Big Stopper into the holder, yeah all set. Nop, not quite! WHAT!! The dust, oh Namibia, you and your dust. Cleaning fast the stopper with the blower. Remote release set to what, 4min, are you nuts? Hmmm, not quite, I want sooooft water, even that the thunder of the water was so loud. Soft it has to be. For the Valley of Thunder long exposure photograph I had set the remote to 134 seconds exposure with f/22 at ISO50.
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Most of South Africa’s landscape is made up of high, flat areas called plateaus. These lands are covered with rolling grasslands, called highveld, and tree-dotted plains called bushveld.
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GEOGRAPHY Most of South Africa’s landscape is made up of high, flat areas called plateaus. These lands are covered with rolling grasslands, called highveld, and tree-dotted plains called bushveld. To the east, south, and west of the plateau lands is a mountainous region called the Great Escarpment. The eastern range, called the Drakensberg, or Dragon’s Mountain, is filled with jagged peaks, some more than 11,400 feet (3,475 meters) high. Interestingly, South Africa has another country within its borders. Nestled in the Drakensberg is the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho. Much of South Africa’s water comes from the snowcapped peaks of this tiny, landlocked nation.
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The flow of polluted water from past and present mines is a chronic problem in South Africa, and large volumes of water carrying toxic sulphates and metals such as lead, zinc, copper and radioactive uranium are tainting community water supplies. An aerial view of the Witbank township of Hlalanikahle (which means ‘stay well’ in Zulu), on the banks of the Bruigspruit, which carries a large load of acid mine drainage from the decanting coal fields across the stream Facebook Twitter Pinterest Although not unique to South Africa, the problem is particularly acute there. Since gold was first discovered in Johannesburg in 1886, about half of the gold mined on earth was extracted from beneath greater Johannesburg.A researcher from Pretoria University holds a poisoned fish caught in Loskop Dam Facebook Twitter Pinterest More than 100 years of coal and gold mining has left a dismal legacy, and although South Africa has more recently instated a fairly strong legal framework in regards to the environmental impact of industry, it’s not always implemented. A tailings dump (made up of mining waste) is reprocessed in the Krugersdorp area. Adding water, the dry dust of the dump is turned into a slurry to be transported via pipeline for re-processing Facebook Twitter Pinterest Jansson’s book documents both the corrosive results on the country’s landscape, and the damaging effects the poisoned water has on communities and wildlife.Robinson Lake, in Randfontein, filled with ‘yellow cake’ or dried uranium oxide sediment. The lake used to be a recreational site, rich with bird life. Now it’s a no-go area, cordoned off with radiation signs Facebook Twitter Pinterest Mixing intimate portraits with sweeping aerial vistas, Jansson’s images focus on the individuals directly affected by the pollution. They include farmers who have lost both livestock and loved ones, after they drank poisoned water. Schoolchildren play in acid mine drainage just outside the Roodeport Primary school gates in Davidsonville, a low-income area in western Johannesburg, as they wait for their ride home Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pieter Rheeder explains the pollution in his pond stems from 1998, when there was too much water underground at a nearby mine, and the mine allegedly pumped it out without treating it. Rheeder unwittingly irrigated his vegetables with the tainted water. His wife fell sick a year later and died in 2000. ‘Her body was riddled with cancer – lungs, heart, intestines,’ he says. Their livestock and pets were also affected. ‘The dogs started having miscarriages. Then the pigs started. Even when slaughtering the chickens, their livers were enlarged,’ he says Facebook Twitter Pinterest This pond situated on Rheeder’s property in Westonaria is affected by both acid mine drainage and sewage pollution. The unnatural blue colour and the yellowish-green is a colour combination commonly found where acid mine drainage is creating such a low pH that fish and birdlife can’t survive Facebook Twitter Pinterest Patricia Hendricks walks into her yard in Mitchell’s Park in Davidsonville with a plastic bag on her head to protect her from the rain. When it rains, the rainwater running off the mine dump and into the yard becomes filled with toxins. ‘It’s called ghost town,’ she says, because of the cemetery, which borders the complex on one side. Others say it’s called ghost town because of the many people who have died here from mine-dump related illnesses Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ronaldo Nuku, 11, a resident of Davidsonville, who had his face painted at a church activity, says he’s not allowed to play in the wetland or the nearby public park. ‘I’m not allowed to because it’s very unsafe… Maybe you can sink in or the water can pull you in,’ he says. ‘Normally for me, I play in my yard. I don’t play in the park or the street because there is a lot of water in the park… I think it’s polluted water or something.’ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Water containing acid mine drainage can look deceivingly clear when the mineral compounds it carries are still in solution, but clear water can be incredibly toxic. The contaminated drainage can range in pH levels from lemon juice to battery acid. Few organisms survive in it.A stream clogged with sulphate deposits and other solid materials from coal mining in Witbank Facebook Twitter Pinterest With gold mining in South Africa now coming to an end, many companies have gone out of business or left the country. Much of the damaged environment has been left without remediation. The current government now faces a huge problem it probably can’t afford to fix. A boy walks next to a pool of acid mine drainage flowing through a public park in Davidsonville, in western Johannesburg. An Acid River Runs Through It is available from Blurb. All photographs: Eva-Lotta Jansson Facebook Twitter Pinterest Topics South Africa Guardian Africa network Photography Africa Mining Pollution Rivers