Escarpment Vistas 2019

21 Mar 2019 07:08 - 26 Apr 2019 21:36 #74826 by intrepid
Essence Of The Dragon is a photo competition hosted by Vertical Endeavour featuring images of the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains - showcasing their splendour & unique character, towards better recognition of their worth & enhanced enjoyment of those who explore them.

Vertical Endeavour has hosted these photo competitions since 2010. Visit our photo gallery to see all the amazing shots of the Drakensberg that have been collected during this time.

2019 Annual Category 2
Theme: Escarpment Vistas
Criteria: Entries should depict the dramatic views you get from the escarpment, especially in relation to the valleys and smaller peaks down below.
Gallery for entries: www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/escarpment-vistas-2019.html
No. of entries per member: 3
Start date: immediate
Last submission date: 15 January 2020
Last voting date: 9 February 2020
Prize: Spirit of the Drakensberg book

The governing rules of the competition provide full details on how to participate and on all applicable rules. The rules are there to ensure fairness and transparency in how we conduct the competition, as well as to encourage active membership among the participants. Before entering the competition, please read through these fully.



The book prize was kindly sponsored by the author, Richard Hunt.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK
The Spirit of the Drakensberg takes the reader on an evocative journey through the mountains. The twelve chapters are based on the demarcated Ezimvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife areas– a unique approach that informs the reader of the highlights and dramatic scenery waiting to be discovered in each particular section of the Berg.  It took Richard Hunt six years to capture these Mountains in their changing moods and seasons; enticing one to take to the footpaths, if only from an armchair perspective,  to enjoy the spectacular beauty that unfolds, page by page. The photographs are contextualised by succinct captions, allowing one to share Richard Hunt’s passion for this ancient mountain range, and recognising its deep spirituality and endless lure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KwaZulu-Natal born and bred, Richard Hunt grew up in Mooi River. With the mighty Drakensberg Mountains constantly in sight, his visual sense was honed by their shape, form and endlessly changing beauty. Richard Hunt has a farming background, which connects him in many ways to the earth and fuels his deep love for nature conservation. Wilderness areas have always called him but he only discovered phtography in his later years, capturing magnificent landscape images during his monthly forays into the mountains. His vast collection of quality photographs depicting the entire Drakensberg range provides an unprecedented overview of the region.

To order your own copy, follow this link .

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Last edit: 26 Apr 2019 21:36 by intrepid. Reason: typo
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20 Oct 2019 11:45 #75384 by elinda
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Here are my entries :

www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/escarpment-vistas-2019/majestic-mnweni-1675.html

A few years ago we ascended Manxsome Pass and were heading across the top of the Black and Tan Wall when we came across this breathtaking view. As we looked across to the famous landmarks of the Mnweni cutback and beyond, the sheep grazed on, oblivious to the majestic grandeur before them!




www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/escarpment-vistas-2019/room-with-a-view-1676.html#joomimg

This image was taken on the Giants Ridge about 100 metres from the top of the Giant - a place I have always wanted to tent. Despite experiencing freezing temperatures that morning, we were out early, enjoying the beautiful views of the ridges and valleys of Lotheni with the Tent and the Hawk visible on the escarpment.



www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/escarpment-vistas-2019/calm-before-the-storm-1677.html#joomimg


I have many favourite areas in the Drakensberg but this one has to be at the top of my list.  The late afternoon sun highlights the Injasuti Triplets and the distant peaks are submerged in the twilight shades of purple and blue. However, this idyllic setting changed remarkably the next morning when gale force winds brought a storm of snow and sleet!

 

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04 Dec 2019 09:29 - 04 Dec 2019 09:35 #75515 by Serious tribe

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04 Dec 2019 10:09 #75516 by Riaang
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Beautiful!!!
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04 Dec 2019 11:35 #75517 by GetaPix
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Nice Karl. Always a joy to see the berg photographed and shared
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04 Dec 2019 16:26 #75521 by elinda
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Absolutely beautiful photos - thank you Karl!

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09 Dec 2019 10:39 #75533 by Serious tribe
Thanks.  Love the sheep in your mweni image, nice bit of living aspect that isn't people.
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Yesterday 06:24 #75542 by intrepid
Replied by intrepid on topic Escarpment Vistas 2019
Some really great entries so far, wow! Keep it coming guys.

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