YELLOW GRASS

The bleached yellow or straw-coloured grass is a striking feature of the Mountain Zebra National Park during the winter – along with icy temperatures. The Springbok in the foreground is lying down to seek respite from the latter.

So are these Red Hartebeest, with a single Springbok to keep them company.

This almost colourless grass covers the valleys and spreads up the hillsides onto the plateau. A Mountain Zebra appears to be standing guard over a small herd of Red Hartebeest.

Despite its desiccated appearance, the grass is still nutritious for grazers, as this zebra demonstrates.

As do these herds of mixed antelope on the plateau.

The early morning and late afternoon light turns the grass into spun gold.

17 thoughts on “YELLOW GRASS

    • It isn’t easy to convey the beauty in that stark environment, even in photographs: there is space, clear air, the views go on forever, and it is simply amazing to see how the animals have adapted to such harsh conditions.

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    • The high-lying areas are cold and even get snowed on during the winter – nothing like the snow you get though. The real problem is that we have such a relatively short really cold period that neither our homes nor our general clothing are protection enough. It is 3 degrees C at the moment and, even wrapped in a blanket, I am chilly. This is a night a hot water bottle will accompany me to bed!

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  1. That grass looks very similar to what you see in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, such as I drove through at 2,000 – 4,000 ft. elevation. Those expanses look like that right now, mid-summer, but as soon as the rains start, say, in October or November, they will begin to green up. I enjoyed their beauty from inside my air-conditioned car, but when I stopped to rest, it was 106 degrees, and I forgot about the hills and the lovely near-white grass.

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