Vumba Botanical Gardens…

Some more pics of the botanical gardens

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I think it must rain a lot in the Vumba, there were water drains all over the place, and these water features, with their cute little bridges too

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From several places in the gardens there are benches strategically placed for people to gaze at the distant view…

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These tree ferns are abundant in the garden

Vumba Botanical Gardens…

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It was overcast and cold, the day we visited this awesome garden.

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There were only a few other people, and I was able to amble slowly along the paths, savouring the atmosphere – the silence, the wonderful trees.

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The water was like a mirror…

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Love the cute little bridges…

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There are benches everywhere..

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And the trees…to die for!!!

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Trees…

The trees in the Eastern Highlands were awesome, I wore my shutter button out shooting them!

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This one, on the side of the road from Rusape to Juliasdale, caught my attention the moment I saw it.

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Above is a bunch of them just before Froggy Farm (were we stayed.)

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I learned that the name of this tree is Mkuti, in Shona, from the lady doing her washing below it. With its roots in water, its not really surprising its grown this big.

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This one (above) is in Makoni East near a place called Nyatande.

 

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After driving the road for several days, I eventually couldn’t resist stopping to take this tree portrait! It was a cold, windy and slight wet day. Perfect for this tree!

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Faery tree!

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Some trees just catch my eye – even in the distance, they stick up, usually hanging onto a rock-face.

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This one above at full zoom – I think its probably more than one tree!

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This one gets to look over Mozambique all its life.

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Looks like it’s having a bad hair day.

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Taken above Mutore School in Vumba.

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At Leopard Rock  – somewhere on the golf course!

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A baby baobab – does that mean Buhera is drying up like Mat’land? (looking towards the Eastern Highlands.)

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Heading down to the Burma Valley, the trees almost covered the road – towering above these youngsters…

Tree…

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This pic, above, inspired Terry Dawson to write this poem:

With perfect certainties all know
The wondrous ways of trees that grow.

Their forms sacred against the sky
Inspire those who pass them by

While thirsting roots have stealthy-found
Their liquid banquet underground

And each has with perfection laid
Soft, leafy resting place in shade.

And with gnarled trunk and scarred, bowed bough
Yet glad-beheld by man somehow.

From us their crafty ways are hidden
Which bounties bare each year unbidden.

As if touched with nobility
The trees give all and give it free.

by Terry Dawson