Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Kokerboom by andiwolfe
Kokerboom, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.
The landscape of the Richtersveld in South Africa is stunning in its stark beauty. The kokerbooms are endemic to this region of southern Africa, and it's amazing to see them in this arid landscape.

The two days spent at Kokerboomkloof were important for me - not in the sense that the Hyobanche hunt was successful (it certainly wasn't in this part of the country), but for the participation in such a remote landscape. The night sky here was so beautiful. Seeing the Milky Way and all of the Messier objects by naked eye was quite humbling on the one hand, but very spiritual on the other.

The kokerbooms are sentinels for the safety of such places in the world. I draw comfort from the fact that they exist and thrive in such a harsh environment.

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