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Sutherland trip x - Communion

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 31 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

This is one of my favourite (if not, the favourite) of all the photos taken on our recent trip.

I struggled for a long time to find a suitable title to express what I feel about it, and then finally settled on "Communion". For me this portrays a magical partnership between man and nature. Looking out, all one can see is the Karoo bush, stretching for miles and miles, and then the various hills and mountains in the distance. In the foreground is a device designed to capture and convert energy from the sun. And from where this shot was taken, if one turns around, one sees the observatories posted earlier this week.

For me the magic is that we have come to this remote and beautiful location, and have created structures and facilities designed to enhance our knowledge of some of the gifts we have been offered to embrace and enjoy. And we have then done it with minimal damage to the surrounding environment.

I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I do - and hopefully your weekend will be as serene and peaceful as the feeling that I get from this image. See you all on Monday - take care.

Canon EOS 40D 1/400 second F/11.0 ISO 160 120 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I love the blue tones here. So nice. And excellent background.

31 Jul 2009 6:12am

Vanilla Wine from las vegas, United States

nice framing. the position of the object is golden

31 Jul 2009 6:16am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

yes beautiful blues:) and landscape .. breathe it in!!!

31 Jul 2009 7:25am

Nicolas from Paris, France

Another sci-fi landscape !

31 Jul 2009 8:52am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderful sky and great dialogue between the mast and the mountain. Like the sentiment of the written copy too. If only it was always thus.

31 Jul 2009 9:48am

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Really looks like a landscape from a different planet... so desolate and pristine..
Love your narrative Rob.


31 Jul 2009 11:41am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The landscape is fascinating, futuristic and lonely. I love this minimal shot in composition and colour.

31 Jul 2009 1:42pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Quite a story, interesting image Rob ;)

31 Jul 2009 5:53pm

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

The blue sky is AMAZING!!! Very pretty. (what time of day was this taken?)
And oh boy do I love (and miss) that landscape.
I really like the layers here.

31 Jul 2009 6:51pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

What strikes me is the "flatness" of the moutain and the color of the sky. Your title is perfect. Have a nice week-end

1 Aug 2009 8:16am

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful shot Rob, and I echo your sentiments. Nice work.

1 Aug 2009 9:02am

zOOm from Paris, France

A splendid blueish horizon ! Incredible shape of the moutain !

1 Aug 2009 11:33am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

What an amazing landscape. It makes a wonderful shot.

2 Aug 2009 4:04am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Thanks for the explanation - I think it's great that there has been an effort to minimize man's impact on this place. And it's a great image!

2 Aug 2009 2:11pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

BRAVO Rob -- this is perfect -- form and function... and a beautiful image too!!

21 Aug 2009 2:58pm

Canon EOS 40D
1/400 second
ISO 160
120 mm