Lone Tree…

Its almost as if there this grass a sign-post to the summit, and this poor little tree, struggling to survive on the very top of a kopjie.

Unlike this marvellous Pod Mahogany, proudly growing on a rock near the dairy, on Anglesea Farm. It’s barren at the moment, but as soon as the leaves come out, I’ll take more photos!

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Water pumping day, on Whitby, Matopos

Yup, as you can see, this set up is actually working, pumping water! Water is a constant problem in drought prone Matabeleland. This borehole is on a farm that used to be part of Anglesea, and is now resettled. They struggle to keep it running, and in return for helping them (with the logistics, like sheer legs and block-and-tackles) they supply us with water. They pump every couple of days, and its a fairly social affair:

This guy, below, came galloping in on his “ferrari” and made his dad mad, cos he nearly had a prang!

From the borehole, the water is pumped into the tank pictured, and then sent up to “us” on the hill about a kilometre away. From there its gravity fed to Anglesea. I, of course, climbed the hill!

This view is looking right at Bambata Cave.

I took a fair number of photos up there, which I have put into a gallery:

Farms, such as Whitby which have been divided up into small plots look much like “Communal Areas, or Tribal Trust Lands,” with traditional homes. I took these videos shortly after this visit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnCcBIImJ_k

I leave you today with a photo of a flat topped thorn tree, classic Matopos rocks in the background.

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Moon, still up in the early morning…

On another bitterly cold morning, I went to one of the Bedza paddocks, esp to take photos of a dead Mswilli, or ironwood tree. However, when I got there, I realised there wasnt a photo.

Instead, I got some of this thorn tree and the moon behind.

This is looking westwards.

Lone trees, in Springs Paddock, Matopos

Something always grabs me, when I see a tree like this, valiantly clawing on to life with its fingernails!

I like to think we have something in common! In my next life, I’d like to come back as a tree. I would love to have a view of the Matopos like this one does!

It’s the same tree in both pics, just I liked the “path” of grass leading to the tree in the second photo.

Just down the hill from here, is a spring where lots of wild-life drink (which is why the paddock is named “Springs!”) Someone obviously cut this tree back (or maybe an animal ate it) and its fighting back!

Amazing, hey? It must be a fig tree – perhaps a strangler (ha ha) cos it’s really trying to hang on to life and that rock!

I leave you today with this image, also taken on that same kopjie of a lone tree – it was after sunset and the cold winter colours only, showed against the silhouette

Rocks, Kopjies and trees, on Anglesea Farm

These trees offer a place to give the horses and dogs shade on a long ride. It’s about 4km from the homestead, so not a short ride for a newly backed horse.

The next two photos are taken in “Springs 2” even further from the homestead.

Again, this photo has all the elements I like: a road, distance, trees of course. I love the leaves in the foreground. The blue and orange make a nice contrast!

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Mopane Trees

This grove of Mopane trees spans two paddocks, on Anglesea Farm. I took the photos on this post checking the fence between them. The bulls had had a big fight and totally annihilated the fence and one of them had lost his little horn in the fight and had to be taken away for treatment.

I love it when the Mopane are this lovely yellow/orange colour.

This photo above, has made it into my “all time favorites” folder in my photo catalogue. It has all the elements I love: mopane trees of course, a road to draw your eye, the kopjie in the background and that sky!!! I also like the shadows in the foreground.

Its very hard for me to choose which one I like most in this series!

There has always been something wrong with the composition in this photo, Im not sure exactly what. However, it has always been popular, so I’ll post it here.

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.

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!!!