Monday, September 27, 2010
The coast line here is lined with sand dunes, which is the perfect habitat for Hyobanche robusta - the aim of this bit of field work. I'm going to explore the dunes near our campsite before we head over to Boknesstrand, where I've collected previously. We'll visit one other site that I've collected and then just mosey on over to Storms River mouth to camp tonight. After these two nights on the coast line, we're heading up to Anysberg nature reserve in the Little Karoo. We'll have three nights there to camp, which gives us plenty of opportunity to explore the area, looking for Hyobanche rubra and H. glabrata.
The weather is a bit blustery on the coast line. All night long the tent was flapping in the wind and it was a lovely bit of white noise with which to fall asleep. I awoke at first light and wondered where Chirri and Mingmar were with the tea - I don't think camping will ever be the same again after having done the Nepal trek last year.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I have lots and lots of pictures to process and some really fun videos to post when I have time and internet access. So many stories to share, so little time. I am having a wonderful time here with the South African woodturners. I'm glad I was able to attend this weekend! The big plus to this development is that I will be able to do some collecting along the coast of the Eastern Cape before heading into the Little Karoo.
One story that will be fun to elaborate upon is the auction that was held last night. I can't wait to post some videos of Izak Cronje in action as the auctioneer. Stay tuned - lots and lots of fun stuff to come!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
BTW - I tried to upload part 3 of my little video series, but it failed to load overnight, so it will be awhile before I can put it up. Internet connections here are iffy at best. Oh well - I'm making lots of videos, so they will eventually all go online.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I'm so amazed, every time I see it, how much biomass there is underground. All you see above ground is the inflorescence when the plant is flowering. However, there is probably 100X or more of the plant underground, which is not seen until an excavation is done.
BTW - the primary host for this species is Metalasia. I said Elytropappus in the video, but that's because my brain is still on east coast time in the states.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I wasn't sure I was going to be able to go to the field today. The weather turned very blustery overnight and the wind was really strong plus it was raining very hard at Kirstenbosch when I awoke. I called Louis to find out what the weather was like on his side of the peninsula and he assured me that it was much better. So, it was a go and I'm really glad I went to this site.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
19 Sep 2010 - a day for photography around the Cape Peninsula and in Cape Town. Nick Laidler, one of my South African adoptees, took me on a photo safari. We started before sunrise and capture a beautiful one on the east side of the Cape Peninsula.
Here's another image from the early morning: Beach Houses at St. James
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
This is my first attempt at doing some video blogging. I'm getting ready for a field season in South Africa and I want to try something new this year - adding videos of some of the work I do on Hyobanche and some of the interesting things I see and do while in South Africa.
Let me know what you think of this first attempt. Constructive criticism is helpful. I'm new to videography.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I took this photo yesterday morning while on a walk with Steve. We were on the bike path that goes through the OSU cornfield on our way to west campus. This image symbolizes the end of summer for me. The field corn is ready to harvest, the temperatures are fluctuating wildly from fall weather to high summer, and there's just something magical in the air as the leaves are starting to turn and the sun is moving toward the equator in the sky. I love the lighting of autumn.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Summer is winding down, but there are still some beautiful roses at Whetstone Park of Roses in Clintonville, Ohio. The Park of Roses is one of our favorite places to walk dogs or to do some photography practice.
On a walk around our neighborhood this evening I noticed that many of the trees are starting to show some autumn color. There were a lot of leaves dropped on the sidewalk as well, which crunched under our feet. I've also noticed the quality of the light is changing as the angle of the sun changes as we approach the Autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere.
Autumn is a magical season. It kind of makes up for the end of summer, I think.