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The face of drought 1


Our summer season of 2015/16 was a dry one, allover the country. At the start of the 2016/17 summer in October, we visited the Kruger National Park; where the signs of drought were quite visble and stark at times.


Here is a typical landscape. The foreground shows the signs of the drought. Normally, there would be tall grass, here. The faraway hillside show some signs of the first rains we had in this summer. Also it could be a different soil type or underground water may be close by.


Some animals like impala, warthog, giraffe, elephants and carnivores show good health and little impact of the drought. Others, like hippo's died in numbers.



comments (13)

Its sad to hear of the Hippo's, I suppose this is a fact of life in this area.
Louis: Fact of life, Frank. But they will have suffered. Lack of food and low water levels expose them to the sun.
Very difficult to watch - this evolution... Global warming... We've done this to ourselves, I suppose.
Louis: During all the ages, Africa has gone through dry and wet cycles. Maybe global warming are making them worse, than they were. I remember a dry season, worse than this one in 1983. Whatever, they are not nice to endure and witness.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2016, 06:55
It looks exceedingly arid Louis, I feel sorry for those poor animals. Actually this is a first, when I got up this morning little did I guess I'd be feeling sorry for a hippo before breakfast..
Louis: Yes, one is never too old to feel sorry for something 'new' before breakfast, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2016, 07:23
Is it expected that this might eventually turn into desert, Louis
Louis: The drought was previous summer and the picture tells what is left of it at the start of the current summer. There were some rains since I have taken the picture. Bound to look better by now.
and we complain here about rain.....
Louis: And the equatorial area of the Congo gets soaked twice a day.
It feels hot too Louis.
Louis: It was hot too, gutteridge.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2016, 09:18
It doesn't look good does it. Do the roots of the grass survive or is the next problem all the fertile soil blowing away as it isn't anchored?
Louis: The roots died with the grass. It will hold with slow rain, but with flooding one can expect them to be uprooted, with the resulting loss of soil. No big loss to wind alone at this stage. The grasses and other plants have seeded themselves and seed will grow after good rain.
WE have short spells without rain in the u.K.and a great big fuss is made in the media but in truth we have no idea what proper drought is like.
Louis: I would think your drought concept also hinges on water supply to the population. We have that as well as the suffering in nature.
it looks like a hard place to live during a drought Louis... it's sad about the Hippos....petersmile
Louis: It is hard, indeed, peter.
How long is it since the land saw rain?
Louis: The last rains would have fallen in April 2015 - winters are always dry. Then the first rains came down at the beginning of Nov 2016. We still don't have a good rain season - although flash floods occurred in certain parts of the country.
Looking at this from the first storm of the season. Lots of wind, a couple of cm. of snow. No electricity for over 24 hours which is rare these days. Live while we can.
Louis: Funny thing is that snow is also a good source of water. Learned that in Israel, last year.
That electricity shortage is something else, eh? We all got so used to it.
i do hope this is the worst extent of it and it got better or wetter after that, Louis.
Louis: November 2016 provided some rain. We all hope it will continue.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2016, 11:38
Stark, but still very attractive to my eye, Louis. Having been born and raised in a desert area in Australia, I know life can be rigorous, but the fittest survive and possibly even survive here.

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