This photo is taken at “Oudeplaas” Farm
This photo is taken at “Oudeplaas” Farm
This dead tree is in the driveway, and looked very dramatic with clouds scudding across the sky behind. The wind was blowing SO hard, I struggled to hold the camera still. This is my first effort at long exposure night photography – ably assisted by my brother in law – to be honest, all I did was press the time delay shutter!!!
Taken earlier of the moon rise over the sea.
Slightly different angle…but I don’t like the strong light from the left in this photo
What a beautiful cat!
I couldn’t resist taking these photos – he was SO hissed off!
Lizzy had invaded his territory and he wasn’t happy about it!
I took this photo on Eastcot Rd, Bulawayo looking almost directly into the sun.
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.
Now, one hundred years down the line, the purple flowers make a spectacular show in the first week of October.
Cycle down the road, or drive with the window open and you can hear them popping under your tyres.
Along the older streets, branches have tangled into an arch overhead.
I took these photos early in the morning to catch the best light. Its also when children walk to school.
You can see them, all carrying their satchels full of schoolbooks.
This last one is taken from my driveway, looking South along Heyman Road.
I took this pic on the side of the road leaving Maleme Dam in the Matopos National Park. The colours are good at this time of the year, but evening light always helps!
Lichen on the rocks are very strong coloured this year, I’ve noticed. ‘Praps the good rainy season?
The white flowers are on a wild pear tree – plenty of them around here
Taken just before the turn off to Mshelele Dam.
We didn’t have the time to go there! Didn’t feel like making a 22km bumpy ride on the road either!
For those of you who have never been to the Matopos – its a HUGE granite batholith that has, over time, worn away into massive boulders, some with balancing rocks, precariously waiting to fall! Its only about 30km from Bulawayo on a good road, so its easy to nip out for a braai and for me, the greatest thing about it, is you can get out of your car!!! Children are allowed to run free, climb the huge granite mounds, get in touch with nature. Wikipedia does a better job with the technical details!!!!
I recently received an email from a follower of my blog who doesn’t come from Bulawayo. She suggested I give more background about the places I photograph. So here goes. Please let me know what you think and if any of you have memories of the Centenary exhibition, Id love to hear about them.
The Centenary Park is close enough to our home in Suburbs, to walk but I went in the car cos I took Lizzy – and she is just a little puppy, with little legs!
That is my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
Until 1953 (The Rhodes Centenary Exhibition) this park was called the “Central Park,” close to the first suburb in Bulawayo, called “Suburbs!” How original! I’m told the south side is officially still Central Park, but no one calls it that, everyone calls it the Centenary Park. Central Park is best known for the fountain where lots of newly weds have their photos taken. I took this photo with the light behind it, shining through the jacaranda tree behind.
I took another pic later – an unusual view – but actually I was after that lovely ‘avenue’ through the trees in the distance.
One of Bulawayo’s main roads runs right through the park – it used to be called “Selborne Avenue” named after the British High Commissioner to South Africa, (back in 1905) but now has been changed to Leopold Takawira a war hero of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle.
Below is also looking west down L Takawira.
In this pic (above) I’m standing with my back to the fountain looking towards Bulawayo. If you drive 1000 km in the other direction, you will get to Johannesburg, South Africa!
The trees are huge and shady and I LOVE the palms!
I’m guessing they have grown rather, since the Rhodes Centenary Exhibition, which was a pretty big affair, by all accounts, with royalty attending and all! Rhodes, born in 1853 came to Africa and made heaps of money! A commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth was opened by the Queen Mother, in July 1953. (This country was still a British colony then.) Several of the events were held in this park. Rhodes, who founded the country we now know as Zimbabwe, is buried in the Matopos, about 50km from Bulawayo. I have previously posted photos on my blog here.
The municipal caravan park is just behind those trees.
I want one of these in my garden!!! Its SO cute, so colonial!
Her bright yellow jacket goes well in a park!
The paths are plenty wide enough for both Lizzy and I, and park workers.
I timed my visit to catch the evening light, and I think it worked OK.
The smell under this tree is divine! That’s the park office behind the tree.
This last photo is of the Museum, on the North side of the road in the Centenary Park. I do like the candle-light!