Wild Pear…

Or Dombeya Rotundifolia…

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Taken at Hillside Dams in the late evening.

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http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139880

 

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Random Streets in Hillside…

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This photograph is taken on Moffat Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo. I’m guessing it was named after Robert Moffat, a missionary who came to Africa in the mid 1850’s. His daughter married David Livingstone – another famous missionary who worked tirelessly for the abolition of slavery. So he is fairly popular here!

Eish – check out THAT mandebvu!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moffat_(missionary)

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This one is taken on Napier Ave. He was hot shot during the Matabele rebellion and buddy of Cecil John Rhodes.

http://www.rhodesiansoldier.com/col.-w.-napier-cmg.html

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I admit I took the above pic because of the tree hanging over Hillside Rd – which is one of the main feeder roads into the suburbs from town.

 

 

 

Jacaranda time…

When the Bulawayo founders laid out our town, all in nice straight gridlines, they planted Jacaranda trees, especially in the old Suburbs – Northend, Suburbs, Khumalo.P1250526

Now, one hundred years down the line, the purple flowers make a spectacular show in the first week of October.

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Cycle down the road, or drive with the window open and you can hear them popping under your tyres.

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Along the older streets, branches have tangled into an arch overhead.

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I took these photos early in the morning to catch the best light. Its also when children walk to school.

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You can see them, all carrying their satchels full of schoolbooks.

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This last one is taken from my driveway, looking South along Heyman Road.