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Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten

For this week’s Photo Find, sticking with the small town theme, I could not resist this photo taken in Nieu Bethesda of one of the prettiest kittens I have ever seen. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten”

The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation

The Owl House of outsider artist Helen Martins draws many visitors to the tiny town of Nieu Bethesda each year. The Owl House and its Camel Yard is quite literally a concrete example of letting nature back in. Continue reading “The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation”

Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda is another small Karoo Town that was founded in the 1870s. Not far from Graaff Reinet, Nieu Bethesda is dominated by the Sneeuberg mountain range and overlooked by the high Compassberg peak. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda”

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”

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”

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