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Deep in the Tugela Gorge in South Africa, we got a good view back up to the second highest waterfall in the world, which we had hiked to the top of two-days prior.

The best way to get a sense of the scale of the world is to travel by foot. When in the Drakensberg Mountains we hiked along the Tugela river that orginates in the mountains you see in the background of this photo, tumbles over the cliff edge as Tugela Falls and then heads to the sea in Tugela Gorge where I am standing. Following the path of the river this way provided a strong sense of the scale of the landscape both in terms of the size of the river and in the surrounding climate and plant life.

When so many aspects of modern life serve to make our planet seem smaller and smaller, taking time out to travel long distances by foot and rough it out a bit makes it clear that there actually is a lot to experience, enjoy and protect on our planet.

Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2011

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
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  • Taken: May 6, 2011
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  • Updated: Dec 5, 2018