Tag : acacia galpinii

Umkhaya Trees…

This year the Umkhaya trees are magnificent.
P1250321
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.
P1250330-2
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.
P1250310
 
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
P1250319
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.
P1250306.jpg
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
P1250329
That rock is calling me to climb it!
P1250331
P1250334Umkhaya trees are Acacia Galpinii https://www.feedipedia.org/node/352
 

Matopos Siding

Called ‘The Matopos’ this siding is no longer in use. Its close enough to the main Kezi Rd for a quick stop in…and the grove of trees nearby – wow – to die for!
P1250282
The siding is not far from the road leading in the Matopos Police station along this grassy track. You can just see the cattle loading ramp hidden in the trees. Built from thick steel bars, its still going strong, unlike the sign that used to read “The Matopos.”
P1250301
This view (above) is the one anyone hanging out of a carriage window would have seen as they approached the siding.
Cecil John Rhodes left a provision in his will for a spur line to be added onto the railway so people could visit the Matopos. Right next to this halt, a hotel was built for visitors and day trippers. I’m guessing it was wooden and got eaten by termites in time! On this website I found some photos: http://zimfieldguide.com/matabeleland-south/matopos-railway-terminus
P1250302
As I walked towards the siding I detoured into the grove of Umkhaya on my right.
P1250330-2
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125910
Click on this link for an Umkhaya tree.
P1250293
P1250315