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A New Year awaits

As the New Year dawns many of us reflect on the year that has passed, and perhaps on our hopes and aspirations for the year ahead. Continue reading “A New Year awaits”

Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West

A view up the main street lined with Victorian-era buildings of the small Karoo town of Victoria West. Parallel to the street on the edge of town is a large koppie (or rocky hill), illustrating that nature is still an omnipresent force in the region. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Total eclipse of the moon

On Friday, 27th July, we were fortunate enough to see a total eclipse of the moon. This eclipse is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Continue reading “Total eclipse of the moon”

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