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Bushveld Mosaic Borakalalo 16 – 18 June 2017

Friday 16 June

Back to Borakalalo for the next installment of our Bushveld Mosaic course . This weekend was going to be all about Geology and Geomorphology .

Our lecturers for the weekend were Dr. Paul Nex and Dr. Judith Kinnaird . (That’s Paul on the left BTW)

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After fighting the usual Jericho traffic and potholes , we arrived at the campsite at 1 P.M.

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Most of the group were already set up , and we assumed our usual position .

Winter had set in ,and it was a lot drier than our previous visit . (Don’t worry , the skulls have been there for a long time)

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Most of the students spent the afternoon studying for the mammals & antelope test that evening.

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Except Brian that is ….. he was doing Brian stuff

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And others were studying other things

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Rose and Cindy arrived just before sunset

 

 

Most of the students left to go write the test at the education centre (present company excluded) and judging from the quiet braai afterwards it was a tough one. Most of us retired early .

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Saturday 17 June

During the night , an unfortunate incident occurred , in that some of the students tents were cut open by a single individual. The HO’s and some of the students chased him , but he managed to get away. While this put a bit of a dampener on the weekend, I would like to commend the Park’s Board and our HO’s on their response , as we had rangers watching over the campsite that night.

The day was spent at the education centre with interesting lectures from Paul and Judith with plenty of specimens for us to identify.

Again , the quality of the lecturers was excellent , and the previous nights mishap was soon forgotten.

 

 

 

We ended the day with a short excursion to 2 different rock formations in the park .

 

The braai that evening was a lot more festive , probably because no one to write a test that day , and we were treated to Chris’ peach cobbler for desert. We also discovered that Amarula makes a great custard substitute for said desert .

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Sunday 18 June

After a fairly chilly night with no uninvited visitors we were back at the education centre for the next session .

 

 

We ended off the lectures with another practical session which included some road blocking and taking various soil samples with the use of an auger and Michael’s muscle power

 

 

After which we returned to camp and packed up

 

 

I would like to thank the team from Bushveld Mosaic , the HO’s and our lecturers for another awesome weekend of adventure and learning .

 

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Posts along Hunter’s Road

Came across these on our latest trip up Hunter’s Road (July 2016). They seem to be railway tracks that have been placed in concrete and some have a numbered disc as well . Any ideas what they could be for? I doubt that it’s for a boundary fence , as it is too low , but it does seem to follow the border line , other than the double ones which are at 90 deg to the rest.

 


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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie…….

 


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Top pics for 2013

75. THE FACE OF AN ICEBERG

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/the-face-of-an-iceberg/

74. AIRPLANE VIEW OF A DISTANT STORM

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/airplane-view-of-a-distant-storm

73. METICULOUSLY DISMANTLED VW GOLF

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/exploded-view-of-vw-golf-mk2

72. OPEN WATER ROLL CLOUD

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/open-water-roll-cloud/

71. THE TALLEST WATERFALL IN THE WORLD

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/angel-falls-worlds-tallest-waterfall

70. AN ALBINO HUMPBACK WHALE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/albino-humpback-whale-migaloo/

69. INVISIBLE REFLECTION

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/laura-williams-self-portrait-holding-mirror-grass/

68. PORTLAND’S FAMOUS JAPANESE MAPLE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/portland-famous-japanese-maple-tree/

67. MEXICO’S GIANTCRYSTALCAVE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/giant-crystal-cave-naica-mexico/

66. G RANDCANYON LIGHT SHOW

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/grand-canyon-light-show/

65. LONE CHAMOIS ABOVE THE CLOUDS

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/lone-tatra-chamois-above-the-clouds/

64. THE GORGE AT WATKINS GLEN

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/watkins-glen-gorge-rainbow-bridge-new-york/

63. IRIDESCENT ANTARCTI CA

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/iridescent-antarctica/

62. LOOK AT THIS BABY MUSK OX

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/look-at-this-baby-muskox/

61. UFO SPOTTED IN SEATTLE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/ufo-spotted-in-seattle-space-needle/

60. COLOGNE CATHEDRAL DURING WWII

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/cologne-cathedral-during-wwii/

59. HONG KONG AT NIGHT

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/hong-kong-skyline-at-night-victoria-peak/

58. THE WAITOMOGLOWWORMCAVES

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/waitomo-glowworm-caves-new-zealand/

57. WATERSPOUTS OVER THE ADRIATIC

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/waterspouts-over-the-adriatic/

56. THE FULL CIRCLE RAINBOW

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/the-full-circle-rainbow/

55. THE STUDLEY TOOL CHEST

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/ho-studley-tool-chest/

54. EARTH FROM THE DARK SIDE OF SATURN

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/earth-from-dark-side-of-saturn/

53. PRAISE THE SUN

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/praise-the-sun-silhouette/

52. SAN FRANCISCO IS STEEP

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/san-francisco-is-steep/

51. IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/in-the-heat-of-the-moment/

50. SAN FRANCISCO FOG

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/san-franscisco-fog/

49. YALE’S RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/yale-rare-book-and-manuscript-library/

48. SUNSET IN SANTORINI

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/sunset-in-oia-santorini/

47. THE SKY WHALE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/the-sky-whale/

46. WHEN ART MEETS NATURE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/when-art-meets-nature/

45. SHELF CLOUD OVER TIMISOARA

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/shelf-cloud-over-timisoara-romania/

44. PONTHUS’ BEECH

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/ponthus-beech-bretagne-france/

43. FLYBY ECLIPSE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/flyby-partial-solar-eclipse/

42. UNDERWATER PERFECTION

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/perfect-timing-underwater-perfection/

41. POOLSIDE MOUNTAIN VIEW

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/cambrian-hotel-poolside-mountain-view-switzerland/

40. YOKOHAMA CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/picture-of-the-day-yokohama-cherry-blossoms-in-bloom/

39. BARN CONVERSION

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/barn-conversion-seagull-house-roderick-james-carpenter-oak/

38. FACE PLANT

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/face-plant-double-exposure/

37. THE MULTICOLORED ICEBERG

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/striped-multicolored-iceberg/

36. JUST ROOM ENOUGH ISLAND

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/just-room-enough-island-thousand-islands/

35. THE ROMAN POOL AT HEARSTCASTLE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/the-roman-pool-at-hearst-castle/

34. ABANDONED RAILWAY IN PARIS

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/petite-ceinture-abandoned-railway-in-paris/

33. THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/thats-what-friends-are-for/

32. THE ROCKY WAVE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/the-wave-paria-canyon-vermilion-cliffs-wilderness/

31. THE ANCIENT BANYAN TREE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/ancient-banyan-tree-big-island-hawaii/

30. FORESTONSHIPWRECKISLAND

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/ss-ayrfield-shipwreck-homebush-bay-sydney-australia/

29. FIRST FLIGHT

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/baby-ducks-first-flight-leaving-nest/

28. MOONRISE TIME-LAPSE OVER LA

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/moonrise-time-lapse-over-la/

27. GLACIAL WATERFALLS

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/glacial-waterfalls/

26. JUST A BIG CAT

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/close-up-lion-licking-paw/

25. A HORIZON RAINBOW IN PARIS

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/horizon-rainbow-in-paris/

24. KAMCHATKA ICE CAVE, RUSSIA

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/kamchatka-ice-cave-russia/

23. WORLD’S COOLEST SUBWAY ENTRANCE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/bockenheimer-warte-subway-entrance-frankfurt-germany/

22. THE TSUNAMI CLOUD

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/tsunami-cloud-lake-michigan-holland-state-park/

21. AURORA ASTRALIS FROM SPACE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/aurora-astralis-from-space/

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20. WAVES OF TIME

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/heart-shaped-kannesteinen-rock-norway/

19. COOLEST. DUCK. EVER.

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/awesome-surfing-duck-is-awesome/

18. THE EDGE OF INSANITY

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/looking-down-from-top-of-burj-khalifa/

17. DOWN THE SPIRAL

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/double-spiral-staircase-vatican-museums-giuseppe-momo/

16. WHISKEY ON THE ROCKS

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/whiskey-on-the-rocks-of-fuji/

15. THE STAINED GLASS MAPPARIUM

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/stained-glass-globe-mapparium-boston/

14. MOON JELLY

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/aurelia-aurita-moon-jelly/

13. FORCES OF NATURE< /span>

12. COAL TRAIN AT SUNSET

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

11. LOOKING DOWN FROM LION’S HEAD

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

10. DUCT TAPE LANDSCAPE

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

9. THIS IS NORWAY

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

8. TRIPPY ICE EFFECT AFTER FLOOD

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

7. THE EYE OF THE MOON

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

6. THE SPACE ‘SELFIE’

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

5. CLOUD CITY, DUBAI

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

4. CONTRAST IN KRAKOW

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

3. BRUSSELS FLOWER CARPET

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

2. NATURE OVERTAKES THE GREAT WALL

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

1. SUNRISE AT EASTER ISLAND

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/forces-of-nature/

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