“This week, share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like)” The Wordpress powers that be as personified by Ben Huberman
I have limited myself in this post to the beauty of a specific area namely the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
⇓The Pinnacle outside the small town of Graskop. A pinnacle of textured rock, layered mountains and deep valleys. We only visited the Panorama-route for a few days . Unfortunately veld fires spoiled many a view. I wanted a clear day for my camera’s mirrors to reflect. Remembering the Mirror’s message I adjusted my eyes to appreciate the ever-present beauty and this view was enhanced by the smoke. But wait I haven’t told you about the mirror!
I must admit I have previously told you about my “experience” with the Mirror. doubling the beauty in synchronized unison As it fits in between the layers of this post, thus I am “re-blogging” the story!
My travels led to frustration and after many a dead end, I nearly gave up. I helped a wise old man to cross a river and we started talking and I told him about my yearning, purely because I am inquisitive and would like to share it with everybody at the WordPress weekly photo challenge. He told me that I will be disappointed but as I helped him (and not because I helped him) I may have the ability to process the disappointment but I must be prepared to wrap my mind around what I will hear. I looked at him questioningly but he sent me on my way. After traveling through a valley and climbing a mountain, I entered the cave and there it was!
- Mirror, mirror on the wall show me the most beautiful place and person of them all?
- Just for interest sake, why do you want to know?
- I want to to take a photo of the most beautiful person in the world at the most beautiful place in the world. Just imagine – double the beauty.
- I do not know where it is and who that person is.
- But, but you are the magic mirror and I came afar!?
- My powers are much stronger. I can immediately double the beauty of a person looking at me and if you point me at any place I double it’s beauty – learn to appreciate and reflect on simple things close to you and beauty will abound…
⇓A contextual view of the Pinnacle – to the right is indigenous Afromontane forest. A deep green right through the year.
⇓The Blyderiver canyon north of the Pinnacle. In summer (the rainy season) the slopes are layered with green vegetation.
⇓On the edge of Graskop not far from the Pinnacle is an artist’s home and he describes Flycatcher Castle as his ultimate work of art. And it is certainly layered as apart from his home and studio it is also a guest-house and restaurant.
⇓The Berlin Waterfall one of many waterfalls in Mpumalanga
⇓My daughter at the Big Swing (Graskop). I like the texture of the trees as contrasted with pathways and fences (which used to be trees) together with the green leaves. To see how you bungee and free-fall to a depth of 68 meters see my post a beautiful place to throw yourself off the edge
⇓The layered sandstone is evident at Bourke’s Luck Potholes as the water has dissolved the stone and formed beautiful structures of contrasting colour and form.
⇑This tile is at the entrance of Flycatcher Castle – a statement of faith. There are a lot of comparisons and metaphors in the Bible regarding people and buildings including the Temple to be broken down and rebuilt in 3 days – a reference to Christ. What I am stating here is certainly not true of all people, but I would have been markedly more superficial without the grace of the Pinnacle of all buildings – the One rebuilt in 3 days but not by the efforts of men.