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The face of drought 2


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.


This is a pan of water under normal circumstances. So far we have had some rains, but can't say the drought is relieved in all areas.



comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 30 Nov 2016, 01:20
Ce sont des nids de quel oiseau dans l'arbre ?
Louis: Ce sont les nids de pinsons.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Nov 2016, 03:54
A superb image, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray
It does look extremely dry....
What kind of nests are those?
Louis: They are weaver nests. Some weavers build big communal nests.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2016, 06:35
Not a lot of green evident here Louis
Louis: It is dry, indeed, Chris
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2016, 06:55
Hard to believe that this will green up again when you have enough rain, Louis
Louis: And it can happen fast, butthat rain ...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Nov 2016, 07:27
and we don't see any animals, no bird sitting on the lonely tree - it is a sad sight.
Louis: Not many signs of life are left, Philine.
How resilient to the drought is the vegetation Louis?
Louis: Most of them will start with new shoots, but a lot will be dead, too
That tree's a gonner in my estimation Louis, though I'm no expert.
Louis: The tree is a goner for as long as I can remember.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2016, 08:57
That is a wonderful photograph Louis, beautifully composed but full of sadness. The lone tree looks particularly bereft.
Louis: There is just no sign of life left in this place.
North America is reporting the driest year on record. Forest fires are raging still in the southern US and did all over the continent in the summer. Thank goodness for the snow that is falling now.
Louis: I never thought I would read you saying thank goodness for snow ... smile But yes, drought can be bad.
This certainly does look dry. When the rains finally come do these trees bloom again?
Louis: Some will do that. The recovery is fast when there is rain.
I assume that the birds that made those nests (obviously a social species!) have moved on?
Louis: There was no sign of them, Tom.
it is sad looking now Louis... the clouds bring some promise of rain... i hope....petersmile
Louis: The clouds promise a lot of water, but definitely provide shade smile
A stark commentary...
Louis: Very stark indeed.
Very good... I so like the bare tree with the nests kind of floating in the clouds.

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