Herman van Bon Photography

Fine Art Photography, Napier, South Africa.

Hidden between the wine producing ‘Hemel en Aarde Vallei’ (Heaven and Earth Valley) and the Klein Rivier Mountains and only accessible by sloppy maintained back roads is one of the most beautiful valleys of the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. Unspoiled by tourism (so don’t ask me road directions) and others. Most people in de surrounding areas have heard (but never been) of ‘Tesselaarsdal’; the valley named after the Dutch settler Johannus Tesselaar. Β  The farming community of around 2000 people thrives mainly on sheep farming, olives, Β and lavender. The village has one little shop for basic groceries and (it’s South Africa πŸ˜‰ ) a liquor store with a wide variety of spirituals.

During my first visit I did not picture the village but just the landscape. One petty detail I need to mention: The source of the Klein Rivier is just outside the village, 5 km in a bird flight from the ocean but it takes the river a meandering of over 60 km before in flows into the lagoon between Stanford and Hermanus and from there into the Atlantic; 40 km West where this ocean borders the Indian or Pacific Ocean.

7 thoughts on “The Forgotten Valley: Tesselaarsdal

  1. Morgan says:

    The Master Artist’s Artistry never fails to leave me captivated and you’ve shared that in such stunning fashion here….simply Breathtaking πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you. Photographing early morning landscapes at the right time of the right day: no or hardly any photo-manipulation needed (only those little optical twists nobody seem to notice… πŸ˜‰ )


  2. kiwiskan says:

    beautiful dreaming shots


    1. Thank you!!! All shot towards the end of a misty early morning ‘Golden Hour’. No colour enhancement needed!!! But I added some kind of optical twist in some of the pictures! πŸ˜‰


  3. restlessjo says:

    Very beautiful! More like paintings than photography. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! Just what I intended to! πŸ˜‰

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