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July 17th, 1932

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On this day in 1932 my town was blown to pieces when a train carrying 1,200tons of dynamite destined for the mines, exploded just outside of town. The explosion happened just beyond where the railway masts disappear into the trees. Read here...

I received so many good comments about my stay in the bush during the previous photo, that I hereby invite all of you to consider an African Safari. Want to contact me? LOL

Thank you for the comments and visits to my previous upload:

July 17, 2008
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Jul 17, 2008 6:35:56 am
Fabulous dramatic sky.. I adore!

by Janiss Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:39:10 am
What a tragic story! And, what a beautiful photo Piet, to go along with it. Such a beautiful shot and the postwork is TOP NOTCH. Thank you for sharing this little bit of history of your town there in South Africa. You can bet I'd be calling you if I can scrape up enough nickles together to take a trip there for that Safari Adventure. God, What a dream! :)

by tizjezzme Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:41:57 am
That's an extraordinary sky, super capture.

by NefariousDrO Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:41:59 am
most excellent my dear friend i will continue to post comments on your work but i have closed my gallery here as i no loger wish to post my art here

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:43:55 am
Very tragic story and wonderful shot.Thanks for sharing!

by moonbunnie Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:44:06 am
Amazing and dramatic sky!!!
Fantastic capture!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:46:21 am
stunning image, excellent capture.

by SapUS59 Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:49:34 am
gorgeous image!

by timtripp Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:58:36 am
Pictures from your land so well captured every time, for me your gallery is a tourist catalogue shows so many wonders what I wish I could see in real time. And I would like to watch a sunset with a lion roar as a background "music" it would be a fantastic experience. Thanks to share Piet.

by babuci Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 6:59:32 am
Excellent capture Oom Piet.Thank you for sharing some history Oom Piet.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:05:52 am
Dramatic visual to accompany a tale of courage

by Garlor Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:12:18 am
Splendid capture!!!!

by tetsu-pino Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:18:03 am
Terrific photo, very impressive... An awful event, have read the article...

by Igolochka Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:21:54 am
Great and almost surreal image to commerate that tragic day in history. Absolutely stunning work Piet! Your rock!!! :)

by Meisiekind Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:50:33 am
Wow, what a sunset! Sure puts the one I posted yesterday to shame! You joke about the safari bits, but it wouldn't surprise me if some of us eventually take you up on it. The problem is, as I understand it, it takes basically 24 hours total to GET to South Africa from the USA.

Still, one day.... It's now officially on my "Bucket List"...

by Iron_Spike Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:58:19 am
LOL I was going to say the same thing as Iron_Spike then saw his or her comment hehe I was going to say, I would love an african safari and I'll add it to my Bucket list, this is too funny :) I hope you saw the movie to understand what we mean. Fabulous sky!

by louly Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:03:13 am
Excellent shot, fantastic details and beautiful light

by jeroni Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:12:47 am
Beautiful, Excellent well done..

by Alz2008 Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:28:06 am
Well, this is SO darn beautiful and dramatic. What a superb capture. I bet you thought of that seeing this sky WOW !

by helanker Online Now!   Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:34:42 am
Impressive and dramatic, Oom. A beautiful capture. Hugs. Di. xx

by rainbows Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:36:35 am
A very dramatic sky. What a horrible explosion that must have been.

by kansas Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:43:28 am
That sky looks explosive in itself a great image to retell the events of the time

by danob Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:45:20 am
AmaZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzing photo!

by thecytron Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:45:52 am
gorgeous dramatic glow

by Ger50 Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 8:47:04 am
What a fantastic sky,a superbly moody atmospheric light to set the scene for that terrible incident and wonderful act of bravery by Piet Botha. thank you for sharing this little piece of history and heroism!!!

by sylki Homepage »


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