I really wanted to capture the Mgondi trees in leaf. In some years they put on a marvelous show, their leaves changing from red, to orange to green, over a few weeks. In Fort Rixon, they grow on the granite (gneiss to be accurate) as opposed to the greenstone belt (gold bearing) that runs through the area. In other languages, I think these trees are called Msasa.
These trees change colour very quickly and I’m afraid, I got there a little too early.
I’m told the gneiss (granite) here is pretty special. When it was a true granite, it had large, long crystals, but when it changed into gneiss, these sort of got squashed. I’m sure there is a correct (geological) way of writing that! It’s pretty good climbing granite – it doesn’t crumble under your hands.