MIST COVERED HILLS

The drought has lasted so long here that precipitation even in its lightest form provides a welcome relief.

Large Eucalyptus trees loom out of the mist ahead while a resurgence of wattles wave about on the left. The latter have been targeted by the Working for Water teams, but are difficult invasive trees to be finally rid of. As the layer of mist settled more comfortably on the ridge, light drops fell against the windscreen.

We get so little precipitation here that this was an exciting moment! Looking to our left, we could see the light mist softening the features of the valley below.

The disused railway is in the foreground, while the pale patch in the background is a kaolin mine. In between are a mixture of beef and game farms.

21 thoughts on “MIST COVERED HILLS

    • Among the fauna we occasionally see from this particular road are zebra, black wildebeest, impala, springbok, kudu, warthog, baboons, vervet monkeys, and waterbuck. That is on a good day. The views make the drive worthwhile.

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    • Thank you very much, Derrick. A light wind has now blown the mountain mist to our level, making everything indoors feel damp – from the wooden banisters to the newspaper!

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  1. I read once that it drought areas that get mist (from the sea I think) they erect huge mist nets to which moisture clings and then drains down into a channel to be collected and used later. I thought it was a great idea.

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    • There is something about the environment of the Eastern Cape that gets under one’s skin: it can be brittle dry; charmingly green; as hot as Hades; and bitterly cold – yet we miss it when we are away for long!

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