Archive | November, 2012

Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo is an enormous flat pan sandwiched between the rocky Cederberg range to the west and the Roggeveldberg to the east and stretching from Ceres in the south to Calvinia in the north. It is the driest land in all of South Africa, with summer temperatures regularly soaring into the 40’s. But the […]

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Namaqua rock fig

The Namaqua rock fig (Ficus cordata) is found in arid areas along the western side of South Africa (especially in the Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo) and into Namibia. It is described in the Namibian Tree Atlas as a graceful tree, often drooping with light grey smooth bark which can look white at a distance. […]

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The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe

Or to give it its full title: The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons And Growing Up Strange. My reading is often influenced by book titles. The more unusual the better, and this one certainly got my attention! As the e-book was not available for download, I ended up listening to the audio-book version which is narrated […]

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Namaqualand and Tankwa Karoo: A cloudy day

A cloudy day in Namaqualand is a bad one for going to see the flowers. No sun means that the flowers do not open properly, and you don’t see the carpets of colours that you do on a sunny day. But there are some advantages to a cloudy day. The light is less intense and […]

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The Namaqualand National Park

A guest post by Karl-Heinz for Notes from Africa The previous post in this series is The Clanwilliam Flower Show. The Tuesday, 28 August was a glorious sunny day and we went off to visit the Namaqualand National Park. As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the […]

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Namaqualand and the Tankwa Karoo: The Clanwilliam Flower Show

I want to welcome Karl-Heinz Niemand, a new guest blogger to Notes from Africa. Karl-Heinz and his wife Sonette love going on camping trips to some of the more remote areas around Southern Africa. As it has been years since I’ve been to Namaqualand to see the Spring flowers, I was very happy when Karl-Heinz […]

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Follow me

So I have finally created a Facebook page for Notes from Africa. I’m not really a “Facebook person” in my private life. I am not that interesting that I want to keep posting updates of my daily life. And I’m rather private and reclusive when it comes to sharing information about the “real me” on […]

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Witsand – after the storm

These photographs were taken after the same storms that created the flood of urchins featured in the previous post.  After storms with algal blooms (also known as “red tides“), the sea glows at night with bioluminescence. Other posts about Witsand include: A flood of urchins Witsand I: Breede River and Coastline (on the Notes from […]

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A flood of urchins

The Southern Cape has been having above average rainfall this year. The Langeberg mountains close to Witsand received three times as much rain as is usual for October. Heavy rains in mid-October caused the Breede River to flood, and the large amount of fresh water entering the sea at Witsand caused havoc in the Witsand […]

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