Landscapes

Umkhaya Trees…

This year the Umkhaya trees are magnificent.
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In September each year, new leaves burst out bright red, all in a couple of weeks. At much the same time, the yellow flowers provide food for thousands and thousands of insects.
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Walking under this canopy, they buzzed overhead constantly. This photo (above) is taken with strong afternoon light angling in from the left – almost bleaches the strong colours.
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This photo, below, is taken looking towards the Matopos Research Station fields, and the lower areas of REPS school. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodes_Estate_Preparatory_School
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Quite a number of my friends went to REPS, as did my father in law. He said it was rather prison like!!! I climbed a small kopjie and took this pic (below) of the school and research station in the distance, the grove of umkhaya trees in the foreground.
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Back in the day, boys who went to REPS were allowed to roam all over this part of the Matopos – I’m not sure if they still do.
Back when we were farming, we used to go to field days held at the Matopos Research Station. Beat standing at the dip!!!
http://www.drss.gov.zw/index.php/2013-02-12-12-32-56/matopos-research-station
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That rock is calling me to climb it!
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P1250334Umkhaya trees are Acacia Galpinii https://www.feedipedia.org/node/352
 

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Suki Viljoen - 12. Sep, 2017 - Reply

So lovely – thank you

frankiekay - 13. Sep, 2017 - Reply

Thanks, fellow tree hugger!