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Ficksburg and The Eastern Free State

Ficksburg is a small farming town in the Eastern Free State highlands of South Africa. Famous for it's annual Cherry Festival, it also produces crops of asparagus, grain, sunflowers and deciduous fruits amongst other lesser crops. Some of the farmers specialize in cattle farming. But it's most attractive feature is it's setting. The Eastern Free State is spectacular for itís rocky outcrops of sandstone cliffs.

Founded on 12th June 1867 and named after General Jan Fick, Ficksburg has some beautiful sandstone buildings built from the stone quarried in the area. Situated on the banks of the Caledon River, Ficksburg is the gateway to Lesotho, a small land-locked kingdom in the middle of South Africa. https://pbase.com/tessajoughin/lesotho__mountain_kingdom

Sandstone Estates,( https://pbase.com/tessajoughin/steam_at_dawn ) a private farm which lies on the banks of the Caledon River features quite prominently in this gallery

Behind Ficksburg lie the Witteberge (white mountains) and across the border in Lesotho are the Malutis. The Eastern Free State is a beautiful area and in this gallery I am going to try to show it in itís many moods. I like to take images of the same scene under different lighting conditions and at different seasons. I shall be adding to this gallery so the images will be random.
'Soutkop', Ficksburg's signature 'Koppie'
'Soutkop', Ficksburg's signature 'Koppie'
Soutkop sunset
Soutkop sunset
Avril from Sandstone Estates steaming past Soutkop
"Avril" from Sandstone Estates steaming past Soutkop
Soutkop - late summer and storms
Soutkop - late summer and storms
Soutkop winter scene
Soutkop winter scene
Ficksburg Town Square
Ficksburg Town Square
Town Hall
Town Hall
NG Church and Maluti Mountains
NG Church and Maluti Mountains
Beautiful cast iron on the restaurant
Beautiful cast iron on the restaurant
McBrides House
McBrides House
Main Street
Main Street
Stormy dusk in main street
Stormy dusk in main street
The modern side of Town Square
The modern side of Town Square
Farm
Farm
Looking over 'Sheep Rock'
Looking over 'Sheep Rock'
Thunderstorm at Nebo
Thunderstorm at Nebo
Road to Bloemfontein
Road to Bloemfontein
Morning mists at Sandstone Estates
Morning mists at Sandstone Estates
Visierskerf Mountain & Sphinx shaped rock
Visierskerf Mountain & Sphinx shaped rock
Road to Bethlehem
Road to Bethlehem
Rocky sandstone outcrop
Rocky sandstone outcrop
Cosmos and The Sheep
Cosmos and The Sheep
Sandstone Estates wheat and the Malutis
Sandstone Estates wheat and the Malutis
Sandstone ruins
Sandstone ruins
View into Lesotho
View into Lesotho
Summer wheatlands
Summer wheatlands
Neighbouring Fouriesburg
Neighbouring Fouriesburg
Scaring the birds from the cherry crop
Scaring the birds from the cherry crop
View to the Witteberge
View to the Witteberge
Snow brings the Malutis closer!
Snow brings the Malutis closer!
Snow over Sandstone Estate's lands
Snow over Sandstone Estate's lands
Sunset, dams and snow over Sandstone Estates
Sunset, dams and snow over Sandstone Estates
Sunset, snow and silhouettes over Sandstone Estates
Sunset, snow and silhouettes over Sandstone Estates
Behind snow-capped Versierskerf
Behind snow-capped Versierskerf
Farmlands
Farmlands
Mountains and streams
Mountains and streams
Sandstone Estates morning mist
Sandstone Estates morning mist
Sunrise at Sandstone Estates
Sunrise at Sandstone Estates
Cliffs and Cosmos on Sandstone Estates
Cliffs and Cosmos on Sandstone Estates
Steaming through the cosmos on Sandstone Estates
Steaming through the cosmos on Sandstone Estates
Steam! on Sandstone Estates
Steam! on Sandstone Estates
Indigenous Erica on Thaba Thabo
Indigenous Erica on Thaba Thabo
Bird's eye view
Bird's eye view
Farm Dam
Farm Dam
Rooi-Kranz (red cliffs) in the sunset
Rooi-Kranz (red cliffs) in the sunset
Meulspruit Dam from Thaba Imperani
Meulspruit Dam from Thaba Imperani
'White Mischief' on Meulspruit Dam
'White Mischief' on Meulspruit Dam
'Kom Weer'(come again) Dam
'Kom Weer'(come again) Dam
Dam on Sandstone Estates
Dam on Sandstone Estates
Steam Train over the dam at Sandstone Estates
Steam Train over the dam at Sandstone Estates
Steam at Dawn photoshoot on Sandstone Estates
Steam at Dawn photoshoot on Sandstone Estates
Sandstone cliffs over the water
Sandstone cliffs over the water
Cosmos on the verges at Easter time
Cosmos on the verges at Easter time
Road to Clocolan
Road to Clocolan
Lombardy Poplars in Autumn
Lombardy Poplars in Autumn
St Joseph's Mission near Ladybrand
St Joseph's Mission near Ladybrand
Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Cemetry under the cliffs
Cemetry under the cliffs
Golden Gate Nature Reserve
Golden Gate Nature Reserve
Towering cliffs
Towering cliffs
Green and Gold
Green and Gold
Nature's Cathedral
Nature's Cathedral
Polo ponies at the Franshoek stream
Polo ponies at the Franshoek stream
Vendors selling fruit from the local farms
Vendors selling fruit from the local farms
Sundown on Thaba Thabo
Sundown on Thaba Thabo
Watsonias on Thaba Thabo
Watsonias on Thaba Thabo
Erica Cerinthoides (heath) on Moolmanshoek
Erica Cerinthoides (heath) on Moolmanshoek
Erica Cerinthoides
Erica Cerinthoides
Hyobanche Sanguinea on Moolmanshoek
Hyobanche Sanguinea on Moolmanshoek