Cattle Loading Ramp…

Looking for Msasa trees, near Mbalabala, I came across this old loading ramp.

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This place used to be part of a larger cattle ranch, (recently cut into much smaller acreages.)

Cattle destined for sale, would have been collected here, waiting for transport lorries to arrive.

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Mbalabala Msasa…

I’m back! And I apologise for the absence – I decided to start a website, with the idea of selling some of my better photos. I was told not to post any more on this blog, as it would become redundant. As you will note, I even changed my logo on the bottom of my photos!

Several months down the line, and no website in sight, I’m back here, with some photos I took back then.

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Mbalabala is a tiny town on the Johannesburg Road, about 70km from Bulawayo. The same massive granite of the Matopos can be found in this area, and these beautiful trees, that produce new leaf in the spring.

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From bare branches spring new leaves that vary from orange, russet, yellow and red. Within a few weeks they are all green.

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This grove of trees is clustered around a typical granite “kopjie” with classic rocks, and that lovely grey grass found along each crack.

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It’s pretty slippery too! I nearly slipped to the bottom, taking pics of this rocky outcrop:

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It’s hot and dry in Matabeleland now – and the only time I could get away, was at lunch time. Not the best time to take photos!

I climbed all the way to the top, in the blazing heat and was rewarded with this tree! In the distance there you can see the tiny town of Mbalabala.

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If I’d slogged back up here a few weeks later, this tree would have changed colour to brilliant red, before finally turning green.

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In this pic, you can see most of the colours to be found on the Msasa.

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The dark tree trunks and the characteristic shapes contrast with the delicate leaves.

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I leave you with a photo of the hillside opposite the one I climbed.