I got caught out – and I’m usually quite good at these things….
We are working at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve at the moment (it’s in the Little Karoo near Barrydale) and loving it. Dry, desolate areas always have great appeal and best of all, are the succulents and other plants so well adapted to these dry areas. Danie, the manager/ranger at Gondwana Lodge where we are staying, had been telling us all the quarts patches we had been coming across and we had stopped to check out a little plant called a haaibekkie (shark’s mouth) when he said, “Watch out for the Khaki Buttons”. ????? “There”, he said, pointing at what looked like a flat, brown pebble lying amongst the white quartz. And there it was, this delightful little succulent – so beautifully camouflaged and adapted to its environment.
We are going back later today and I can’t wait! So much to see in this harsh dry environment. From a distance the veld just looks dry and interesting – vast acres are little brown bossies (bushes). Get closer, open your eyes and look – actually look – and what you see will amaze you. And this applies to photography as a whole – you have to look and be aware of your environment…
Roger de la Harpe