Landscapes

The Gift of Tears…

My quest, on the second day I stayed in Juliasdale, was this kopie:
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It’s at the Hidden Rocks camping site and was called “The Gift of Tears” or “Crying Rocks” by locals.
P1310706I took these pics (above) in the midmorning, but arranged to return in the evening for sunset shots.
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From this angle, it appears daunting,  but actually it’s an easy climb.
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About half way up, are some of the best preserved stone architecture I’ve ever seen. In this short clip, I’m walking through a tunnel, the roof and walls made entirely of stone.
Please click here to watch the video.
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This ‘hole’ is on the west side of the hill – something I’ve never seen in the ancient stone structures – usually they face east.
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This photo (above) is taken from the ancient ‘viewing table.’
P1310731Weird rock, eroded until its about to fall off! I wonder how many more centuries it will take?
 
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I took these pics, tucked against a rock, shading my lens from the very bright sun…
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And finally, the long awaited sunset!

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Almost a luna landscape.

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Its weird, the aloes are very dark, up on this kopjie.
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And finally, the “Crying Rock” or “Gift of Tears,” so named because this huge rock seems as if it has a flood of tears pouring down over it.
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I didn’t stay at Hidden Rocks on this visit, but I certainly intend to when next I go to Juliasdale, not only to enjoy the magnificent scenery, but also because of the incredible hospitality afforded me, by the owner. She took off the whole day, from what must be a busy schedule, to take me up this kopjie AND allowed me to return to take more pics (I’ll post them soon.)
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This is the camping area – with its awesome view. I could see myself sitting here to wait for the sunset!
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There is a cunningly hidden room in this pic above!

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This slideshow above is the view from the chalet at Hidden Rocks!
Hidden Rocks is advertised on Facebook – have a look here
You can book etc here
 

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