These landscapes were photographed in the Northern (western region) and Western Cape provinces during November and December of 2011. This roughly corresponds to late Spring/early Summer weather in the Northern hemisphere. The climate in the western half of South Africa is dry and somewhat like Southern California, whereas the eastern half has humid and tropical regions.
High in a hilly region of Namaqualand, in South Africa's Northern Cape province, looking down. Namaqualand is carpeted in a dazzling array of wildflowers in the Spring; at most other times, it's a dry, hot, somewhat hostile region. Since my visit was in the late Spring/early Summer, I missed the wildflowers, but did get some phenomenal views of this harsh terrain.
Heading north, my guide André and I took an off-the-map side excursion into a little known area called the "poison mountains." They received this name long ago from Boer trekkers who discovered that water running over the rocks accumulated poison, because animals that drank it soon met their maker. The rock formations and views were just spectacular. This region was located close to border of the Northern Cape Province.