Entertainment at the Bedza lookout…

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is (maybe a fundi will help me out) but I would describe it as “wiggly waggly!”

I often bring people to this look-out, because while the adults are entertained with sundowner,s the kids can try to make the rock sing! The one pictured below is one of many rocks in the Matopos that resonate, if jumped on!

A long walk down a long road, in “Top” on Anglesea Farm, Matopos

Lister Sibanda, the lady pictured above, decided to look for a flat rock on which to grind her maize. She felt that would be more reliable than ZESA! I came across her carrying it and offered to put it on my car instead! The paddock is called “Top Airfield” but I have not yet been able to find out why. The one on the other side of the fence is “Little Airfield,” and is a favoured paddock for the milking cows because it’s very close to the dairy.

I can never choose between these two photos – I have had several ‘votes’ asking people to decide which they prefer and mostly they come out even! So I have included both.

Please let me know which you prefer in a message below:

Giraffe at “The Farmhouse,” Matopos

The Farmhouse, is a lovely game park with safari facilities/camping right next door us, in Matopos.

Although just down the road from the National Park, there is little need to travel anywhere, when there are most species of game found, (other than rhino) dotted with kopjies and an amazing lookout with Rhodes’ Grave in the distance.

When I took these photos, the giraffe had just started having babies and there were several adorable youngsters.

The quality of the photo above is poor as it was taken at full zoom, but I wanted to capture a photo of a day old giraffe drinking from its mum.

In isiNdebele, giraffe are called “taller than the trees…” and I agree

Red highlights in the otherwise dry bush, captured near the Matopos National Park at Silozwe

It’s hot, dry and dusty at this time of the year in Matabeleland and these red leaves provide a delightful highlight in the landscape.

The tree, featured above, is a Mukwa.

That grassy patch in the foreground, is actually someone’s field! No ploughing yet, of course, but in a few months after the first heavy rains, the farmers will be in there with their donkeys or oxen, ploughing.

Kopjie in the corner of “Old Dip” on Anglesea Farm, Matopos

Old Dip, on Anglesea farm, is called that, because that is where the original dip used to be – you know, the ones where they arsenic to kill ticks and got their water from a nearby stream!

I do have some photos of the old brick structure, but the are not very pretty! I prefer surrounding kopjies. And trees of course.

I thought this rock looked a little like Shona art!

But its natural!

I climbed to the top of the little kopjie for some photo-opportunities…

The bush is thick looking out on one side, but I liked the colours in this one (above) taken almost looking into the sun.)

Figtree Road…

There is this amazing kopjie in a paddock called “Figtree Road,” on Anglesea farm. At sunrise AND sunset, the sun shines into the cave under this pointy rock, making it look as if its on fire. This photo was taken in the early morning.

This photo (above) was taken in the afternoon.

This looks like a lizard’s mouth!

I love this view towards the homestead from the kopjie. There is a nice walk along a sand road – the dogs LOVE running here:

Of course, you cant leave without me foisting a photo of a tree upon you!!!

A classic flat-topped tree!

I leave you with this very interesting pastel sort of photo taken at the bottom of the kojie.

Bedza Lookout…

This photo, taken in the late evening is one that I have not quite made my mind up about. I’m guessing, that if I were a professional photographer, who knew what she was doing, I could have done better with the subject. However, some people like it, so I’ll publish it here. I think it would be a good subject for a painting, or even a large print.

I’d love to know what you think – please send me a comment (criticism is always welcome – for and against)

I took a bunch of “old biddies” up here not long ago, and had to drive my car right on to the rock – there is a lovely view to watch the sun set and a singing rock for the children to get rid of some energy jumping on!

PS: If you would like to print this image, please get hold of me – proceeds will go to charity. At present, my preferred charity is this one: https://gogetfunding.com/anglesea-farm-children-covid-relief-fund/

View along a fence line in a paddock called Melusi, on Anglesea Farm.

One of the nice things, on Anglesea Farm, apart from the soft sand underfoot, is that firebreaks are cut along the fence-lines and the thorn trees cut. It makes walking, and more importantly, riding so much more pleasurable. There is nothing worse than grass seeds in your socks, or saddle-blankets! I took a walk along the Melusi/Bedza2 fence-line to check on this fire-break and took these photos:

It was fairly early in the morning, but well after sunrise. This view is looking south, to the range of hills that run alongside the entrance road.

I do so love that wonkey fence!

My last photo was taken looking back along the way I’d come. It features a Mangwe tree (there are heaps of them in these paddocks – a bit invasive, since the elephants no longer come through here) useful for fencing posts and droppers. I love the silvery leaves, and later, when they die off, they make excellent foregrounds for sunsets and sunrises!!!

Rock grab tree, and others…

How amazing is this tree root? It looks as if its grabbing a rock!

This one above, has paperbark that rustles on those hot, hot, October days, when there is no wind and the mopani flies try to climb into your eyes!

I love the weird shape, and the colour that filters through the branches.

This bush above stands out in a landscape of dark rocks and even darker grey trees.

It offers a pretty useful focal point in this photo (above,) though, taken in a paddock called Springs – rather appropriately named as there is a perennial spring that runs right through.