Early to work…

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I took this photo on Eastcot Rd, Bulawayo looking almost directly into the sun.

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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.

 

Evening colours in the Matopos…

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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!

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Lichen on the rocks are very strong coloured this year, I’ve noticed. ‘Praps the good rainy season?

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The white flowers are on a wild pear tree – plenty of them around here

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Taken just before the turn off to Mshelele Dam.

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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!!!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matobo_National_Park

 

 

Centenary Park, Bulawayo

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.)

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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.

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I took another pic later – an unusual view – but actually I was after that lovely ‘avenue’ through the trees in the distance.

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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.

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Below is also looking west down L Takawira.

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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!

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The trees are huge and shady and I LOVE the palms!

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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.

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The municipal caravan park is  just behind those trees.

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I want one of these in my garden!!! Its SO cute, so colonial!

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Her bright yellow jacket goes well in a park!

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The paths are plenty wide enough for both Lizzy and I, and park workers.

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I timed my visit to catch the evening light, and I think it worked OK.

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The smell under this tree is divine! That’s the park office behind the tree.

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This last photo is of the Museum, on the North side of the road in the Centenary Park. I do like the candle-light!

 

 

Matopos vista…

These two photos are taken about half way up a kopjie in the Matopos very near to Lumeni Falls.

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People’s fields are laid out with contour ridges to stop erosion of the thin granite soils.

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With the heavy rains, the water slowly seeps out of these hillslopes and the bigger rivers they feed, run year round. Matopos is a lovely place for trampers and serious climbers.

 

Matopos Roads…

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Roads wind around the kopjies in the Matopos – some of them are HUGE.

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And sometimes when they cant do anything else, they have to go THROUGH a kopjie! In the photo above, the road has been paved.

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And here, the rocks have been blasted apart by dynamite!

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In the foreground, you can see our car tracks – here the road is where you find it!

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The “gateway to Matopos…”

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I took the above photo of the road directly in front of the car…

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