Namibian Vistas

There is little that can compare with the vast landscapes that one finds in Namibia.  The clear skies, generally devoid of contrails and the lack of power lines contribute greatly, rendering clean, unspoilt vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see.  It is one of my favourite places and the images below show why.

 

The Mole Snake and the Frog

I managed to capture an interesting moment today when a young Mole Snake caught a frog in the garden.  It first constricted it and held it whilst getting its jaws around the frog’s snout in preparation for ingestion.  A minute or two later it had swallowed the frog’s body and only its legs were left protruding from its mouth.  At this point it suddenly uncoiled itself and made off into the flowerbed as fast as it could, and I immediately lost it amongst the plants.  No doubt this meal will keep the hunger pangs at bay for quite a while.

Searching for Orchids

Liz, Fran and Sandy chose a warm day to go in search of more rare orchids in the burnt out area above the zigzag path, but we nevertheless joined them.  Sadly, they did not find what they wanted, but, weather notwithstanding, it was a pleasant outing.  There were abundant Erica tenella as well as other erica varieties, so that the slopes at the top of the zigzag path were swathed in pink. We also saw a rare Protea scabra bloom on a shale band and, where the road had been remade, a Fire Lily where no fire had been!  Renee and I left early, but were delighted to hear that the others had found a rare Roridula.

The views down onto Walker Bay were beautiful and it was wonderful to see the first rays of sunlight catching the breaking waves and the early morning bathers at Voelklip.

Kleinmond Cliff Path

This morning we were due to walk Dot’s Dash, in the hope of seeing some of the wonderful ericas that characterise that area in Autumn.  What a disappointment we had on arrival at Fairy Glen to find that the Reserve was closed, as there was some controlled burning taking place.  We had driven a long way and wondered what to do.

Then someone suggested the Kleinmond coastal path, so we set off from the Caravan park at the mouth of the Palmiet River and followed the boardwalk from there to Kleinmond harbour.  Then we joined the local cliff path and continued to the Kleinmond Lagoon, before retracing our steps.  It was a far cry from Dot’s Dash, but nevertheless, a very enjoyable walk along a well maintained path with excellent sea views and in wonderful weather.

The walk was 8.8 km and ten of us were present.