Thursday, January 8, 2009

Karoo skies

Today's post is the conclusion of our drive through the Karoo (featured in Karoo Roads and Windpompe and Karoo Koppies ) from Gariep Dam (also see Gariep Dam Sunrise) to Cannon Rocks (posts still to come). And to link in with Skywatch Friday.
As stated before, the Karoo is often referred to as Big Sky Country. "Why?" you ask. "Several reasons", I say. It is a fairly flat countryside with few hills and mountains and even fever big trees. This means that you often have uninterrupted views all around and specially of the sky. Also because of the very dry climate, mostly these skies are blue skies with no clouds.
When there are clouds, they do make the sky something to be hold just after sunrise and before sunset.
And when the sun is down, the lack of light pollution makes for some of the most awesome night skies you can imagine. Ok, so I don't have a night sky picture, but the clouds do become even more beautiful just after sunset.

For more great Skywatch photos from all over the world, why not pop in over here.

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos!I love the diffrent coloures of the skies!Happy SWF!

    Greetings from the freezing cold Germany!

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  2. What a beautful set of photos! Especially the one with the pink sky - georgeous. Happy SWF!

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  3. The sky in the first is so vast it makes me feel very insignificant. The sunsets are so pretty too.

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  4. Fantastic shots, the first one is so peaceful, it caught my eye immediately. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers and Happy New Year!
    Regina In Pictures

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  5. Great set of photos, i love that last photo with those beautiful colors

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  6. You have very varied skies wit some very pretty colours

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  7. Greetings from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia!

    Your skies are like a huge, heavenly world! Awesome!

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  8. Those clouds in that last photo is unbelievable.... WHOA!! I just could not help staring at the colors... remarkable.
    A very nice post!
    ~Michele~
    Mountain Retreat

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  9. Three spectacular pictures! I don't think I could pick a favourite.

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  10. Great shots all of them! Love the different colors!!!

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  11. Gorgeous colors! Pretty clouds!

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  12. Great wide expanses of sky. Nice shots.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the first one.

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  14. oh my word, what amazing photo's of the sky and clouds...wow wow wow...

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  15. Only YOU can make the Karoo look so beautiful through a lens .. Wow!!

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  16. Man, look at the colours in the last photograph. Truly beautiful and only a tiny taste of the beauty of the Karoo!

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  17. We walked to and from Onse Rus to the Karoo Kombuis in Prince Albert (delightful B&B and excellent restaurant!!) and you are absolutely right! The starry skies over the Karoo are truly amazing!!

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  18. A lovely series for SWF. Love the vibrant blues in your sky!

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  19. Simply beautiful, thank you for sharing with Sky Watch Friday.

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  20. You must have a similar climate to us here in Adelaide. Lovely shots of your road trip.

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