WQW #29: Rivers, the Lifeblood of the Desert

Marsha’s WQW challenge

Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 kilometres long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. Wikipedia

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide after the Grand Canyon in the USA . The Canyon forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. Entrance to the Park is situated 10 kilometres from the well-known view point Hell`s Bend at the Hobas Restcamp.

“A river has many curves, but it always reaches the ocean.”

– Donald L. Hicks

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The Fish River is 800 kilometres long and thus the longest river of Namibia. It has its source in the eastern parts of the Naukluft Mountains.

Fish River

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Fish River

Friendly Friday-Favourite and why?

Friendly Friday

Rock formation in Kagga Kamma

I chose this photo because I have never seen any rock formation like this before. We were at this resort for a week and found the most unusual shapes and rock formations there!

Waikato River in New Zealand

My son took us on our 2nd visit to New Zealand to  the Aratiatia rapids where the narrow gorge fills with turbulent water surging past at up to 90,000 litres per second. Then, as the gates are closed about thirty minutes later, the turbulence recedes to a placid stream.

At Aratiatia the Waikato River falls naturally through 28 metres in the space of one kilometre. This natural drop has been harnessed for environmentally-sustainable hydroelectric power – headwaters are diverted through a tunnel to the power station. Each day at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm – and also at 4pm in summer – the flow through the Aratiatia rapids is allowed to resume its natural rate. There are several excellent vantage points on the high rock bluffs that dominate this turbulent stretch of the river.

The Aratiatia Rapids are about 10 kilometres north of Taupō.


Double Collard Sunbird

I captured this photo in my garden and love the detail of the feathers and the eyes!