Trees

Atlas…

The power of trees never ceases to amaze me…

Atlas ShruggedLong long ago, this tree was a little seedling like the one below – it started growing in a crack and eventually pushed the whole rock over!

Atlas ShruggedAtlas ShruggedSoon the rock will slip off!

Atlas ShruggedAll these photos were taken in the Matopos recently

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Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 - Reply

It always seems to be the power in water but here plant life rules the day. Around the corner from me, every year, 2 Poppy plants squeeze out of the tarmacked pavement and put on a brave show. Tenacity there and here.

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 - Reply

That must look nice -here I mostly notice black jacks, sticking out of the most amazing cracks in my driveway, or steps!

Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 - Reply

remembered them the hard way when I was in Botswana recently. 🙂

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 - Reply

Yes – although some of the thorns in Botswana are notable!

Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 -

Yes – those too – mahoosa devils things, nasty paper ones, wag-n-bietjies – I located/ran into…them all. Found a rake in camp and dragged the camp clean, throwing all that type stuff in the fire.

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 -

The worst dibbeljies I ever saw were in a place called Mkoka – which is in Gokwe area. Not only did they have great big ones with two doomma thorns sticking up – about three other small varieties abounded. At least the big ones could easily be seen – there is nothing worse than making the bed and brushing one of those thorns into your hands. They got everywhere! Pity there was no snow – those thorns, imbedded in our tyres when we left Mkoka Clinic, would have been better than chains!

Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 -

🙂 they are huge. In Thabazimbi I stood on one of those in my flipflops – shot 10 foot high much to the amusement of the guys. Took weeks to heal. Yes they would make punishment tools as well as snow tyres…

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 -

mmmm Ill have to think about that!

Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 -

Going to collect some on my next trip 🙂

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 -

You coming??? When???

Sue - 30. Aug, 2015 -

Fly 9th Sept – Jhb, PE, Kragga Kamma, Addo, Bedford, Mossel Bay, Hermanus, Wellington & fly out of Cape Town. Thorns will have to be next north trip next year.

frankiekay - 30. Aug, 2015 -

Magic

Margaret Macneill - 31. Aug, 2015 - Reply

“Rock, Paper, Scissors” ?

frankiekay - 31. Aug, 2015 - Reply

mmmmm difficult one that