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1.) The original photograph that inspired the cover picture of Barrier of Spears! Dated 1942 – photo John Poppleton.

 

 

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2.) The back of this photo is simply dated 1944. No locality, and no credit to the photographer, is given. My guess is that it is the Ndedema cave on the summit of the ‘Berg close to the Ndedema waterfall. The photographer might have been Arthur Bowland of the Natal Mercury, who used a large format camera in the Drakensberg for many years. Note the old-style rucksacks, hats and the pipe! Notice, too, the back lighting and tonal contracts (creating atmosphere), the perfect composition (the figures are all facing into the centre of the picture), and the brightly lit smoke. A lovely photograph!

 

 

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3.) A party of Mountain Club members camping on a ledge high on the Inner Horn (Cathedral Peak) – 1946. Note the old-style tents.

 

 

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4.) The peaks of the Natal Drakensberg Mountain covered in snow – Natal Mercury 1950. The caption reads: “This picture, taken by the pilot of a Piper Cub at 9,200ft. while he held the joy-stick between his knees, shows a Dragon Rapid 200ft. below, flying over a cleft next to Cathedral Peak. The aircraft in the picture is the one flown by Mr. Peter Strong. Of Ladysmith, on the regular daily run to Mokhotlong, in Basutoland. While this picture was being taken snow was still falling and, being swept by wind off the peaks, covered the pilot and cockpit floor as it flaked in through the plane’s open window.”

 

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