The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, stretching over 25 kilometers in length and averaging about 750 meters in depth. The Three Rondawels are the most well know formation of the main canyon, together with Mariepskop towering at 1945 meters - the highest point in the area. In the surrounding areas one will find amazing waterfalls near Sabie, beautiful forests at Magoebaskloof and one of the most picturesque roads in all of South Africa, the Abel Erasmus Pass connecting the escarpment to the Lowveld. The Blyde River Canyon & surrounds form part of the great Drakensberg Escarpment, a fact not well known to South Africans.
A massive summer thunderstorm whips across the rugged landscape of the Blyde River Canyon, engulfing the scene in rain moments after this image was captured.
The Blyde River Canyon is the worlds largest "green" canyon, meaning the largest canyon with flora growing inside. It hosts many amazing species, including aloes growing on the edges of cliffs seen here on a mid-summer evening.
Blyde River Canyon Morning
Often hazy, the Canyon was no different on this particular morning. Sun-light peers over the peaks of the infamous Blyde River Canyon, creating striking sun rays enhanced by the hazy air. Hazy skies don't often lend themselves to great landscape photography, but on occasion can create an extra dimension and dynamic to photographs.
Lightning Storm Over The Blyde
A mammoth summer thunderstorm whips across the Blyde River Canyon, lighting up the sky with magnificent lightning strikes. About thirty minutes before I captured this image my wife and myself got caught in a very heavy downpour about a fifteen minute walk from our vehicle. We ran back, got soaked in the process but I knew the rain would pass and magical things would hopefully happen, as sunset was drawing ever closer. We drove to the main viewpoint at the resort where were staying at, still soaked but our spirits of capturing some awesome and hopefully unique images were high. The shrouding rain passed us, giving way to an incredible light display as the faint setting sun reflected light onto the landscape and softly illuminated the mammatus clouds at the underside of the storm. To this day, one of my very favourite moments I have ever spent out in nature.
Canyon Sun Rays
Heavy mist shrouds the Blyde River Canyon, giving way to seconds of peering light, creating an ethereal mood to the incredible landscape. I waited three hours in the same location for this image, hoping for something spectacular to happen, and that patience was rewarded with incredible rays of sunlight illuminating the Canyon walls.
At the base of the Magoebaskloof mountains, the Ramadipa River falls about 80 meters into a big pool, the result of many years of water erosion. Water cascades over the edges of these pools in a soft blur, captured using a long exposure.
Lone Creek Falls
At roughly 68 meters high, Lone Creek Falls is a dramatic sight to behold. Standing at this point where I took this photo was rather damp. The wind ripping across the landscape spraying water everywhere, covering lenses and creating less than ideal conditions to photograph the splendour of this waterfall. Under a dark cloudy sky, Lone Creek Falls takes on a very dramatic mood, further enhanced by the black and white conversion.
Setting sunlight peers through a small gap in thick cloud cover, shining through hazy air, splashing golden rays onto the Olifants River landscape below.
Sunset from Mariepskop
Evening sunlight blasts through a small gap in the clouds on the horizon, creating an amazing sunset over one of my favourite locations on the planet, the Blyde River Canyon. This view is from Mariepskop, the opposite side of the Three Rondawels that most tourists know.
An early rising summer sun casts vibrant colours onto high clouds above the escarpment looking towards the lowveld and engulfing the Blyde River Canyon in a wonderful twilight dawn glow.
Piercing Dark Skies
Brilliant rays of sunlight peirce dark cloudy skies reflecting off hazy atmosphere over the third largest canyon in the world. What a privilege it is to have this beautiful landscape within a few hours drive from home.
Beautiful setting sunlight illuminates the majestic landscape of the worlds largest green canyon under colourful skies.
Gazing Towards Lone Creek Falls
Falling some sixty-eight meters, the Sabie River plummets down creating the magnificent Lone Creek Falls, pouring over ferns and trees creating a magnificent sight.