A walk around the lower Hillside Dams…

Timing my walk to capture the sunset “golden hour,” I chose to walk the dogs around the lower dam because it won’t be brim full for much longer. The photos below are in the order I took them.

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This photo, above is taken on the western bank (near the tearoom) looking to where I will soon be walking.

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Heading for that bench, two dogs on leads, a camera around my neck, my camera case over my arm, my phone, car keys and lens shade in my pocket, I snapped a few pics. Several had to be deleted because the dogs have no patience for photographers. There are too many smells to be investigated, two leads to ensure are tangled!

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Once seated, I let the dogs off their leashes and snapped a pic of  the heron I’d been stalking (yeah right, with two panting German Shepherds) hoping for a close up (he is just poking his head over at me in the previous photo!)

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We couldn’t resist climbing the kopjie directly above the seat…although Lizzy struggled a little (her legs are still too short!) I took some pics of the dam from up there, but they are all lousy – too many trees in the way.

That rock on the left is just balancing on another huge rock – ready to fall down the hillside at any moment! (Probably been there for millennia!)

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Of course we couldn’t resist walking along this wall (unfortunately it’s got a hole, so I couldn’t make it to the island.) And Lizzy jumped in!!! I think she mistook the green water plant for green grass! She went under about a foot and came up doggy paddling madly! I had to reach down and haul her out of the drink! (Good show my phone didn’t fall into the water – or worse, the car keys!)

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The “golden hour” light is lovely in the photo above, but I could NOT entice the dogs to pose there. It’s annoying – they run about sniffing and looking down holes yet when I WANT them to go a short distance away for a photo shoot, they look at me with that innocent “You mean you WANT us to go over there and be bad???”

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This is the only one I got of them, running on the path ahead of me.

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This pic (above) for me, is the pick of the photos I took yesterday. Looking almost directly into the sun.P1240606

 

Looking towards the upper dams, just about to cross back to the western side of the dams.

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Of course, the sun dropped too low and I’d lost the “golden light.”

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These photos taken towards the dam wall.

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I hope you enjoyed the walk with me. I didn’t take any more after this one, firstly because the light had faded and secondly because Zulu began behaving badly. His previous owners must have always put him back on the leash when they got close to the vehicle!

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Evening stroll around Hillside Dams…

Hillside Dams, back in the day, held Bulawayo’s water supply. As the city grew, larger ones had to be built and today, the Hillside Dams are a recreational park almost in the city centre! With cute little braai areas nestled among the granite rocks…

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Cut paths allow people to stroll about without too many grass seeds collecting in their socks:

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Benches are placed all around for a restful view.

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I, of course, drooled over the trees…

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Over the years small gardens have been added with hardy plants.

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Quite a number of people use the park…even for exercise…I skirted round them pretty smartly – scared of being sucked in!

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In the background is the empty bottom dam – we have had several terrible seasons and the dam didn’t fill at all this year.

 

Look at the top of the kopjie! Great rock kopjie for kids to climb…maybe I’ll go up there and do an aerial view!

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Awesome Mkiya trees (acacia galpinii) arch over the entrance to the top dam path.

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The top dam still has some water…

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Excuse the cell phone mast! If you look carefully you may see the houses overlooking the dams, nestled in amongst the trees…

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View from the upper dam-wall, looking downstream.

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An amphitheatre is nestled in a natural rocky area. The stage area is out of the pic (on the right.)

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To end – a view across the lower dam with love grass in the foreground…

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