Tankwa Karoo

These musta made a whole heck of a lot of jam!

These musta made a whole heck of a lot of jam!

A business trip to the Cape, a long weekend with family……… and my camera. A great weekend, with some night time photo fun!

 

So moody, so lonely

So moody, so lonely

The full moon was so bright we hardly needed a torch to see where we were going, however it didn't make for good star trail photography

The full moon was so bright we hardly needed a torch to see where we were going, however it didn’t make for good star trail photography

Interesting results, using an ultraviolet torch and a slow shutter speed

A welcoming oasis in a hot, dusty area. The owners are friendly, helpful and ready to serve a thirsty traveler an ice cold frosty!

A welcoming oasis in a hot, dusty area. The owners are friendly, helpful and ready to serve a thirsty traveler an ice cold frosty!

A perfect setting………rough seas………a perfect summer evening…..a sunset…..what more could an aspiring photographer ask for

A hot, balmy December evening was the perfect opportunity for an early evening dinner picnic and to watch the sunset

A hot, balmy December evening was the perfect opportunity for an early evening dinner picnic and to watch the sunset

Adding a star filter to an 18-55mm lens made for a stunning effect on the sunlit water

Sadly star trails were not meant to be on this trip due a very bright full moon, but we did manage some interesting night time shots

The late afternoon light on this abandoned relic, coupled with dark, stormy skies yielded some beautiful colours

The late afternoon light on this abandoned relic, coupled with dark, stormy skies yielded some beautiful colours

The beauty of Tankwa National Park is that you can get out of your vehicle at any time, to view your surroundings a little closer

The beauty of Tankwa National Park is that you can get out of your vehicle at any time, to view your surroundings a little closer

A long and dusty road, looking as if it led to nowhere......but it didnt

A long and dusty road, looking as if it led to nowhere……but it didnt

Was this wagon deserted here, or left intentionally knowing that some intrepid photographer would happen along

Was this wagon deserted here, or left intentionally knowing that some intrepid photographer would happen along

Trusty steeds waiting patiently to take their masters home, once they have quenched their thirsts

Trusty steeds waiting patiently to take their masters home, once they have quenched their thirsts

We wondered about the deserted houses in Tankwa, and when asking questions, found out that these were originally farms that had been amalgamated to form the National Park, the buildings farmhouses, now abandoned for greener pastures

We wondered about the deserted houses in Tankwa, and when asking questions, found out that these were originally farms that had been amalgamated to form the National Park, the buildings farmhouses, now abandoned for greener pastures

We were unable to identify this raptor as it flew swiftly off its perch, the minute we approached, looking more like a rocket being launched than a bird taking off

We were unable to identify this raptor as it flew swiftly off its perch, the minute we approached, looking more like a rocket being launched than a bird taking off

The blooms on these succulents were so tiny, not much bigger than a finger nail, yet so perfect

The blooms on these succulents were so tiny, not much bigger than a finger nail, yet so perfect

Nothing maybe, but definitely beautiful!

Nothing maybe, but definitely beautiful!

Late evening street lights, camera on tripod, slow shutter speed......and nature supplied the rest

Late evening street lights, camera on tripod, slow shutter speed……and nature supplied the rest

Just don't get a flat tyre, there isn't any help anywhere nearby!

Just don’t get a flat tyre, there isn’t any help anywhere nearby!

Heat haze evident in the far background

Heat haze evident in the far background

Waiting patiently for the oncoming sunset

Waiting patiently for the oncoming sunset

The light of the full moon, coupled with night time cloud cover, made for an almost ghostly looking image

The light of the full moon, coupled with night time cloud cover, made for an almost ghostly looking image

A windmill and a man made dam......typical South African desert setting.......just add wind

A windmill and a man made dam……typical South African desert setting…….just add wind

Driving from Cape Town to Tankwa National Park, there are more than just a few opportunities to stop for photo shoots

Driving from Cape Town to Tankwa National Park, there are more than just a few opportunities to stop for photo shoots

So old, but in the perfect setting!

So old, but in the perfect setting!

3 torches, a slow shutter speed.....interesting results!

3 torches, a slow shutter speed…..interesting results!

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