Monday, December 5, 2011

Howick Falls - Maree

“A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.”



On my way down to Ballito on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, I often deviate at turn-offs to have a look at some of the note-worthy sites along the route. One of those is Howick Falls, situated on the Umgeni River, and which plunges 95 meters (310 feet) down a sheer rock face, into a beautiful rock pool at the bottom. According to local legend, the pool at the bottom of the falls is the residence of the Inkanyamba, a giant serpent-like creature. According to lore, only Sangomas can safely approach the falls and then only to offer prayers and other acts of worship to the inkanyamba, ancestral spirits and the 'Great God'. The Zulu people called the falls KwaNogqaza, which means "Place of the Tall One".

Coordintes : 29°29′12″S 30°14′20″E

You can see some pics of the falls HERE

11 comments:

  1. Love your watercolor sketches, and the legends and stories behind them.

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  2. It's amazing how much content you can get into such a simple image. Gorgeous!

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  3. Thanks so much Studio, glad you enjoyed this!

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  4. Aaah, thank you Paula! Sometimes less is more, right?! smile!

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  5. Gorgeous post, amazing color and movement. Love the pictures too!

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  6. Thank you Alessandro!

    Thanks a lot Desiree, glad you enjoyed the pictures of the actual falls!

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