Crazy Koppies Clouds

I’ve done several wacky and wonderful things around Joburg this weekend, but I’m short on blogging time. Another quick post-and-run will have to suffice for now.

Early morning on the Melville Koppies.

I took this photo early in the morning on the central section of the Melville Koppies, which is closed to the public except on special open days. (The eastern and western sections of the Koppies are open seven days a week.) This past Saturday morning was an “Artists’ Day” on Koppies Central — creative types were invited to come and wander around, take photos, or paint the scenery. Dramatic clouds provided the perfect artistic backdrop.

I live closest to Koppies East, which is where most of my Koppies photos come from. So it was fun to check things out from a different angle yesterday. Rather than shooting toward the Jozi skyline to the south, as I normally do, I shot toward the north. If you squint a bit, you’ll see the buildings of Rosebank in the center of the skyline, and Sandton City off to the left. The Magaliesburg Mountains are way in the distance, further to the left.

If you’d like to visit Koppies Central on an open day, check out the Koppies calendar of events.

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  • Reply Charles Visser (Chuckv) June 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I’d like to see some of the other stunning pics I’m sure you took.

  • Reply Nina Neubauer June 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    great picture! Really amazing

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish June 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I’m just curious. Why is the central section usually closed? A conservation thing?

    • Reply 2summers June 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Yes, it’s a combination of things. There are lots of rare indigenous plants and animals there, as well as an Iron-Age furnace and other important archaeological sites. They were having problems with vandalism of the archaeological sites, as well as damage to the flora, and some issues with robberies crime.

  • Reply Yashik Nanan June 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    That photo is spectacular!

  • Reply buckwheatsrisk June 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    awesome especially since it was a quick post and run!

  • Reply Wendy June 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thanks very much Heather. I look forward to the other pics and the article. It was fun to walk around and see which scenes attracted the artists. There were scenes, flowers, grasses, rock and tree studies.

    • Reply 2summers June 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Wendy, the artists day was a great idea.

  • Reply Coach Sue June 19, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for sharing a bit more of your lovely country.

    Sue Bock

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