The Valley of Desolation just ouside Graaff- Rienet Eastern Cape South Africa Sunset in January. The Plains of Camdaboo in the distance showing the vast flat lands of the Karoo. Carl Smorenburg

The Valley of Desolation just ouside Graaff- Rienet Eastern Cape South Africa Sunset in January. The Plains of Camdaboo in the distance showing the vast flat lands of the Karoo.

Karoo National Park

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Interior of the Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda. #Karoo Photo: K van der Wielen

Interior of the Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda. Photo: K van der Wielen

Daniel Naude - Rainbow. Hanover, Northern Cape, 2 November 2009

Daniel Naude - Rainbow. Hanover, Northern Cape, 2 November 2009

Never heard the name before? Well, in short, Miss Martins was the creative force behind Nieu Bethesda's Owl House, a weird and wonderful paradise of concrete figurines and light reflecting glass. Once a source of shame and embarrassment for Nieu Bethesday, it is now a national monument that draws thousands of visitors to the little Karoo every year.

Sculptor from Nieuw Bethesda - Helen Martins. See her sculptures at the Owl House

Williston Mall aka Die Ark in the Karoo town of Williston, Northern Cape

Williston Mall aka Die Ark in the Karoo town of Williston, Northern Cape

Hanover village in the Northern Cape Karoo, with its imposing Mother Church.

Hanover village in the Northern Cape Karoo, with its imposing Mother Church.

Photostory : The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda

Photostory : The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda

Owl House in Nieu Bethesda (Karoo)

Owl House in Nieu Bethesda (Karoo)

Stunning early morning scene, Groot Karoo, South Africa

Stunning early morning scene, Groot Karoo, South Africa

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