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Koppies country

 

Driving back from the Koppies Dam Nature Reserve towards the town of Koppies, I saw this landscape. The people go about their lives in a normal way, same as all of us. For some reason they were just never the focus of development; hence gravel roads, satelite connections for internet, etc.

 

 

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i like the rustic charm of this place, Louis. could it be that this happens to be one of the districts that "slipped through the gap"?
Louis: I believe it is just that nothing ever happened in this area to warrant extra attention. The nearest road to reckon with is also 40 km distant.
It is always a curious thing when some places get passed over for development. Perhaps the landowners own plenty of property to purposefully keep it that way?
Louis: Your last suggestion is not the case. I have checked - there is lots of property in the market and at what I would consider as lowish prices. I think it is something like your panhandles (was) - for some reason, many gravel roads remain. During my trip, I came across other such stretches of land and they also only had farming in the vicinity. Even that doesn't make true sense to me.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Nov 2019, 06:33
It's busy, yet empty Louis..
Louis: A good summary, Chris.
Talk about "back country," Louis!
Louis: I once read about the US panhandles (Texas and Oklahoma) and it seems that there is comparison to be made.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Nov 2019, 07:48
And who knows, Louis. Maybe they like it the way it is. We can go into a whole discussion if we need the 24/7 "being in touch with the world". I know total ignorance is also not good. I still have a dumb-phone for a reason and maybe I do it on purpose and yes, I do miss out on a lot of options, but who is going to prove me wrong or right.
I love this picture, like Chris said, "its busy, yet empty"...
And maybe they keep the roads that way to "scare" some people...
Louis: Although it is back country in a sense, the people are not backwards. It may be just a case of low population density not warranting that all roads are asphalted.
It is a different way of life and one to which us townies would find it difficult to adapt
Louis: The truth has been spoken, old wise one smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Nov 2019, 09:07
Perhaps people here are content with the way it is
Louis: They probably are, Lisl.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 29 Nov 2019, 09:20
This road would soon disappear in the rainfall we have been enduring.
Louis: This lot can also be badly churned up on wet days. But they are relatively easy to repair by grading.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Nov 2019, 12:18
I have to google who the Kopppies are - it looks like an abandonded part of the country, but there might live many people.
Louis: Population density is low. Not abandoned, since there never lived a lot of people.
In this country, development happened along waterways and along the newly built railways.
Louis: I think that is what happens in most countries. Except we don't have waterways that can carry commercial traffic. Between the railways, major and secondary roads, there are still wide expanses that are agricultural active - this is such an area.
It does look rather basic.
Louis: Basic - yes, that is it.
this is what i call a country road Louis... i love your composition....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. A real country road.
An interesting landscape, Louis smile
Louis: That is what I think, too, Martin.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Dec 2019, 22:47
It is like a fine painting, Louis.
Louis: To my perception - something yesteryear about it - let's say 60 years ago. Thanks for your comment, Ray.
The village my dad grew up in had the same vibe ... at least until the 1990's
Louis: Here, everything looks a little like a lot of the country looked like, maybe 60 years ago.

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