Knysna Fires : Five factors that produced the Perfect Inferno

June 2017 will be remembered by South Africans for decades to come. A historical moment when Mother Nature showed her true power and the only option was to get out of her path and watch in awe. For a week preceding the fire, extreme weather warnings had been issued with predictions of flooding in drought…

How to safely handle a Rinkhals.

EVERY day in nature is a lesson, and while wading through books, we learn a lot, actually being able to experience some natural event will embed the knowledge forever. Yesterday I was privileged to be present for a search and release of some snakes that had been rescued from a proposed construction area. The snake…

Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

“Do you realise that it is going to be freezing during your stay here?” was the opening question from Erna when she phoned a day before our planned arrival at her establishment in the Roggeveld. “Yes, we have seen the weather report and are packed for extreme weather” I replied. Amanda and I were preparing…

The Nature of Farming

There is something mystical about the Karoo light. In summer the landscape shimmers beneath the relentless sun, the hills and thickets a quantum image seemingly fixed only in your mind’s eye. Amanda and I are perched on a hill near Middleton, a sculptured geological model of the towering flat topped mountains 50km further north. We…