Nature’s gardens…

I often come across areas in the bush I’d like to take up and put in my garden. I can’t of course! So I photograph them instead.

Usually I sit there for a time, commune with nature. I found this one right up high in the Matopos.

What was very unusual, not only so high up, but also in dry Matabeleland, was that we found water…and all the animals and plants that go with this life sustaining resource.

This red carnivorous plant caught my eye…

 

A sundew, I’m told, but I’m not sure which one…

Elsewhere on the barren rocks, the resurrection plant is waiting for the summer rains to burst into leaf overnight…here they are still green and flourishing.

Resurrection PlantAnd birds, of course. I saw the ubiquitous bulbul. Lots of doves, a couple of chinspots. I didn’t manage to capture any on celluloid…

Matopos Rocks…

Matopos RocksWhat more can I say?

Look at this one (below) a giant with a big cleaver had a go at this one!

Each one is different in the Matopos. I love the lichen’s that colour the rocks green, orange, red.

The trees contrast wonderfully with the grey granite…

What better canvas to print against!

And we all ask – do these balancing rocks fall down? And the answer is…

Maybe…

Ntswatugi Cave, Matopos

Ntswatugi CaveNswatugi Cave is inside this hole in the rock. The trees were bright red and orange – just pulled me there.

Ntswatugi Cave

The climb to this cave is a bit of a challenge, but its cool in there amongst the rocks.

I love these giraffe…
Ntswatugi Cave

It’s hard to get all the paintings in with one shot. I took plenty and once I’ve fiddled with them a bit, joined them together, I’ll post them on a separate post.Ntswatugi CaveOn the way back to the car, we got sidetracked by a lovely little rock garden:

Ntswatugi CaveThe view isn’t bad either…

Ntswatugi Cave

Ntswatugi Cave