Karoo blooms

Like so many desert annuals, Gazania’s in the Roggeveld of the Karoo bloom after good winter rains and carpet the landscape in vivid colour. Situated below the Sutherland escarpment en route to the Tankwa Karoo, this region is perfect for photographic detours in search of the floral splendour of the region. Continue reading Karoo blooms

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 for our winter visit, the first of four 14 day … Continue reading Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

Karoo sunrise

Autumn in the Karoo always is a perfect time for sunset photography. A short drive from the Garden Route, the Little Karoo and Greater Karoo offer a geological fusion of mountain ranges, wide open plains and canyons with a unique botanical composition that has evolved to survive this semi desert environment, with succulents adding a dash of colour to this stark terrain. Also carpeting the … Continue reading Karoo sunrise

Geological journeys – Kamanassie Mountain range

Gazing along the length of the southern slopes of the Kamanassie Mountain range, a hint of a former era looms from beneath the towering peaks. Aligned along an east west axis, the range extends approximately 58km from Uniondale in the east to Dysseldorp in the west and south east of De Rust and Meiringspoort. Beneath the blazing sun the series of peaks and plateaus have … Continue reading Geological journeys – Kamanassie Mountain range

Birding quest.

“Hey Mark, thanks for the directions to the Cape Rockjumper” Peter exclaimed as he climbed out of his Audi. He had been on his way down to the Garden Route for one of our guided coastal walks and had asked for some birding sites en route. I had suggested a site between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn at the top of the Swartberg Pass over looking … Continue reading Birding quest.