18 Sep 2007

Swadini..more

I think this pic is really great...the thorns....I like the focus here...just what I wanted....
And of course....the leaves and the colours were the focus here...I love Autumn, for all the changes during Autumn...
If any South African can leave me the name of this plant...I would appreciate it...I don't know what it is called, I only know that it got seeds on the end of the branches....they make a lovely scence, though the colour looks a bit dull...
Waterfall sign post alongside the road from Swadini Forever Resort on your way to the Blyde River dam. This waterfall is about 20minutes' walk into the forest...stunning!
And...as you can see...ET! When you arrive at the waterfall, ET meets you there...look at that eye!
I know these pics are not that great...if you are in a hurry, this is what you get! That's the only pic I have with this rock tied-up in the tree...
And this little mini-beast!!! He wouldn't let me photograph him properly, I tried everything to enhance the pic for you to see what I tried to capture...this little naughty spider, was a bit curious and even played dead! on the last pic...he suddenly turned over and aish! he thinks I'm dumb! He must have known that I know he plays dead...silly little creature...but I love them, I can watch them for hours! I wish it was my job to go out in nature to photograph these creatures or just to do research on them....I would love it...


Next pictures to blog...a Tufa waterfall...the third longest in the world, called the Crying Tufa...in the Blyde River Canyon and I've got some very good pictures on it! A tufa waterfall is formed when water running over dolomite rock absorbs calcium. Mosses which grow on the rocks in the stream extract carbon dioxide during photosynthesis which precipitates the calcium from the water to deposit it as layers of tufa on the surface of the waterfall - a process that takes millions of years. The waterfall continue to flow underneath this rock-hard outer shell. There are only a few active tufa waterfalls in the world - one of which is at the Blyderivierspoort Dam.

Here is a fantastic link to keep your mind busy while I'm sorting my pictures...

Here are two links to spider websites, South African spiders and I've sent an email to Norman on the one site to identify the spider on this pic for me!

This one is Science magabout spiders

Bio Museums about spiders with Norman.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely pics !! lovely enthusiastic description !! , your love of life, comes across, whatever media you use !!

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