A walk in the clouds in the Magaliesberg

Just when you think Johannesburg can get boring it throws you something interesting to do. Over the festive season we snuck out the city to the Magaliesberg Mountains, an hour and a half drive toward Hekpoort, for a day hike at Rustig Hiking trail.

Despite some overcast and rainy weather the hike was completely refreshing and offered some fun photographic opportunities.These were taken along Route 2, a 5km trail that wound around the mountain range. For most of the trip we were lost in the clouds totally isolating us from the outside world.

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Hiking on a rainy day in the Magaliesberg Mountains. I came across this wild fig tree growing on the side of a cliff. I was attracted to the contrast of the roots and the rockface as well as the way the tree disappeared in the cloud line. I shot upwards along the root line.  Shot at 1/1600 at F1.6 with 50mm

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A lonely Protea flower on the hillside. Shot at 1/1600 at F1.4 with 50mm

Rustig Walk

Shot with my ND filter, I really wanted to make the reds, yellows and green pop out on the rock face. The rainy weather added more colour to the image as well as helped to darken the highlights. Shot at 1/1000 at F1.4 with 50mm

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Rain drops in action. Some flowers grown into the rock face capture raindrops. Shot at 1/640 at f1.4 50mm

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Wild fig tree roots along the rocks. Shot at 1/160 at f4.0 with 24mm zoom. The wider angle helped show the volume of roots along this part of the face.

Rustig Walk

I liked the verticle lines made with the roots in this shot. Also the varied colours of the roots. Shot at 1/100 at f2.8 with 50mm

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Shot at 1/125 at f1.4. Water droplets on the veld grass.

Rustig Walk

Shot at 1/1600 at f1.4 with 50mm. This photo summed up the whole days hiking experience. The low level cloud enveloping the surrounding views. The lone tree is a protea indigenous to South Africa. Shot at 1/1600 at f1.4 with 50mm.

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