Zebula trees…

As usual, I can’t resist trees, and at this time of the year (as it gets cold) they are changing colour. I was lucky enough to spend a week at Zebula (near Bela Bela, in Limpopo in South Africa,) and went wild over the trees.

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This tree was right outside the entrance to the unit we stayed in. I took a pic of this tree more than once, at different times of the day. I just LOVE the feathery, delicate colours!

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And this red colouring? It stands out against the golden grass.

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Sometimes its the shape that gets me…

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This last pic was taken at sunset while on a game drive. Thats the nice thing about Zebula – its been stocked with game – and there are golf cart tracks all through…I LOVE whizzing around in a golf cart, and the game are so used to you, they don’t run off.

 

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Golden Gate Highlands National Park

View taken just before Clarens (Free State, South Africa.)P1140161These pics were taken driving back from Durban, in the Golden Gate Highlands Nature reserve. P1140111-001

I was reminded of the Matopos somewhat, especially the way the caves form, and the colours on the rocks. I found myself repeating the “WOW” over and over as I often do in the Matopos! P1140130

These cliffs tower over the road – we had to drive up a dirt road to get this shot (above.) Look a little like multi coloured mushrooms?P1140113-001

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Church, in Graaf-Reinet

The first time I saw this church I loved it, but didn’t have a camera with me – we just whizzed past it on our way to the coast…so the next time, I made sure I took my camera along and stopped to capture this beautiful church.Church - Graaf-Reinet

It’s in the middle of town. We drove through on a Sunday, if I remember and the town was quiet.Church - Graaf-Reinet

I couldn’t get the it all in, no matter how hard I tried, the spire is just too tall.

Church - Graaf-ReinetIf that clock is to be believed, we were late and needed to push on. Please excuse the minibus in the foreground – it wasn’t a moving one – just PARKED there!

The next time we passed though Graaf-Reinet, it was dark!!! I had SO hoped to be there at sunset or at least with that lovely evening light, but we were just too late. Probably because I stopped too many times along the road earlier taking photos! So this is my effort:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaken from the roof of the bus! I couldn’t keep still in the blowing wind. I didn’t take any more when we passed back through, although I was tempted let me tell you! Instead I took this one from the view above the town…Amazing zoom on these cameras.

Church - Graaf-ReinetYep – from up here! That’s me, walking back from the dizzy edge, the town down there below.Church Graaf-Reinet

 

 

 

Underwater gardens…

I find little bits of nature that I want to take home, add to my garden…of course I can’t, so I take photos instead. These were little ‘gardens’ underwater, growing in amongst the rocks and the crashing waves.Underwater gardens

I couldn’t have arranged it better if I tried..

Underwater gardensThose little thingies at the water level are hell on your feet walking on the rocks!

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In the Karoo somewhere…

I jammed on my brakes when I saw this view – hell, it was time to have a break anyway!

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KarooAnd not much further on…

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This hill overlooks the Gareip Dam off ramp…Karoo Karoo

So please excuse the road in the above pics – imagine what it must have looked like before the highway!

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Or power-lines!Karoo