South Africa a world in one country.
Setting off around nine in the morning with sun shining bright after previous days storm, everything was vibrant in the Drakensberg. Come walk with me exploring natural gems.
Could never resist stopping to take one of many reflections off of the pools, bulging with water a wonderful sight no wonder people play golf. Reminds me of a sign I once noticed up there about Golf (Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden), yeah bet the ladies Teed your balls off on that one.
Teed: The verb meaning "place a ball on a golf tee" is recorded from 1673; figurative sense of "to make ready" (usually with up) is recorded from 1938. Teed off in the figurative sense of "angry, annoyed" is first recorded 1953, probably as a euphemism for p(iss)ed off . Dictionary
Looking down the valley approximately 5 km's as the crow flies, to what we call the Castle, likened to Edinburgh Castle high up on the hill with proud spires for peaks.
Wild flowers aplenty, here I will share as much information I have found to identify flowers in this region (not being an expert identification may be wrong).
First encounter with baboon troops, not scared of people languishing around enjoying the morning, we moved quietly past this was the start to knowing how much havoc they are starting to cause in the area.
With hotel and resort growing a dump site was placed higher up the valley behind pine trees (now being removed slowly), hidden from sight, baboons scavenged food there, now moved into the resort, change had to come, only organic material goes to the dumpsite now.
Back to flowers Autumn flowers with splash of colour the silver/grey leaves do not belong to the flower with a beetle perched swaying to and fro.
Yellow crassula close up shot a cluster of small flowers together, this was a little bit of a cheat having to use the zoom lens to assist with flower being in a boggy area - f/4 1/800 sec ISO-80 - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Slender poker - Kniphofia laxiflora were quite plentiful, the stem stands about 25cm from the ground with tear drop flowers each a diameter of about 20mm - f/4 1/200 sec ISO-160 - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
More than flowers I sighted a Porcupine quill, thought just the instrument for @quillfire he could scroll away all day with some good old fashioned ink!
Porcupine being nocturnal animals you see their burrows along the banks of rivers of close to the river if you are lucky, we never saw any on this visit. f/4 1/160 sec ISO-160 - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
From small to large, sandstone face to the left side up the valley along the Mashai River we have seen evidence that eagles roost in this rock formation.
Breaking from flower spotting we made our way down to the Mlambonja River, taking in full view of the Southern Drakensberg Range, Wilson Peak to the left above Swiman in fore, Rhino Peak to the right shape of a Rhino horn.
Map to see layout of the area and estimated hiking times for the energetic.
Drakensberg Mountain Range. Drakensberg, the main mountain range of Southern Africa. The Drakensberg rises to more than 11,400 feet (3,475 metres) and extends roughly northeast to southwest for 700 miles (1,125 km) parallel to the southeastern coast of South Africa. [Source:(https://www.britannica.com/place/Drakensberg)
Splashing our feet, refilling water bottles, lots of photography childish enjoyment of crisp, cool, clean water bubbling off the escarpment!
Moving along any paths up here you see grasses, region is made up predominantly of certain grasses, here are some to see.
Thought for Today: ** If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today. ~ African Proverb **
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