Having grown up in the bushveld of the Limpopo province in South Africa, this region will always hold a special place in my heart. Our country is blessed with a very diverse range of ecological systems and biospheres. The bush in this region looks different than the bush in the lowveld region of Nelspruit and Hoedspruit.
We spent a day or two on a farm north of Pretoria to celebrate my father's birthday, and I managed to capture this image late one afternoon at a small dam where the local wildlife come to quench their thirst.
This is a 3-image HDR blended in Photomatix and Photoshop, with some extra levels and tonal adjustments done. The aperture setting was f=11 and the ISO was set to 100 to minimise noise.
I just enjoy the golden afternoon light on this scene and the reflections of the clouds in the water.
A lot has happened in South Africa over the past two weeks - may we realise that we have a wonderfully diverse country (both in natural aspects and in cultural aspects), may we embrace that and nurture a safe and peaceful environment so our children's children can inherit a better land than we have now.
I trust that you will all have wonderful week ahead...