We made a return trip to the Karoo last week. It was dramatic.
As we drove in on the Nieu Bethesda road the whole sky was dark and the weather very unsettled but as we crested the rise at the end of Rubidge Kloof the Kompassberg appeared, rising some 1200 metres above the plains.
That evening we went down to the river at Ganora Farm to place a flow meter into the river bed but the lightning was so intense that we didn’t dare until the storm had passed. I did get a nice picture, though, of a lone poplar that was being bent over by the strong down drafts.
This full colour picture of Kompassberg at sunset owes its pastel tints to the smoke from a veldt fire started by lightning ahead of that night’s storm.
Kate and I depart for a still wintry Sweden next week so these late summer landscapes will also be my last!