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Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time

Mistbelt grasslands sustain a rich diversity of life, especially when they form part of a complex mosaic that includes also forest, wetlands and rivers and streams. Continue reading “Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time”

Weekly Photo Find: The main road out of Bray

The village of Bray is at a border post between South Africa and Botswana. The adjacent villages on each side of the border bear the same name. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The main road out of Bray”

Weekly Photo Find: A small town in the Karoo

Fraserburg in the arid Karoo was formally founded in 1851. This house was probably built during the wool boom in the late 19th or early 20th century. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: A small town in the Karoo”

Mistbelt Forest in close up

Moving in after last week’s broader view of mistbelt forests, here is a more micro perspective with a selection of photos to celebrate forest treasures, and there are fewer words too. (Cue smiley face here.) Continue reading “Mistbelt Forest in close up”

Weekly Photo Find: Small town monument

The small town of Port Nolloth’s history is centred on what used to be called “nature’s bounty”, specifically the exploitation of seals, then copper and then diamonds. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Small town monument”

Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

The suburb I live in nestles up against commercial plantations on the edge of town. Pre the colonial era and the development of urban settlement, what is now plantation and suburbia was part of a mosaic of mistbelt forest and grassland. Continue reading “Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands”

Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth

In Port Nolloth, a small town on the north-western Diamond coast of South Africa, nature comes back most obviously in the form of the pale shifting sands of the dunes and desert. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth”

The ongoing saga of the nesting Chorister Robin-chats

Chorister Robin-chats are in permanent residence in our garden, but until now we have not known where they nest. Continue reading “The ongoing saga of the nesting Chorister Robin-chats”

Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns

This photo shows a mother goat with her new-born baby, having just given birth in the street outside the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in the small Eastern Cape town of Tarkastad. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns”

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