‘Curiosity’ Category

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Witch’s Broom

“Witch’s Broom” is an infection caused by a destructive bacteria to marvelous effect — like a miniature plant growing out of control.

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Fynbos Flora Close-Up

Explore the diversity found in the details, patterns, colors, and textures of fynbos flora from close-up.

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Tannins in Red Water of the Fynbos

Why is the water red? The water looks like blood or tea, depends on the angle of the light, because of the tannins leached from the fynbos.

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Origins of the Cape Fold Mountains: A Quick Mega-History

The story of the Cape Fold Mountains, told by a non-geologist, to help you know what you’re standing on.

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Spotting in the Dark

As dusk faded and the night turned pitch-black and cold, I laid out my sleeping bag to prepare for another easy night under the stars. But when I rolled over, I spotted what looked like a group of conspirators in the dark.

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It’s Endemic and a Killer

Don’t let the pink flowers fool you —this Roridula dentata is deadly. But its thirst for blood is only half the reason why it’s special.

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The Edge of Curiosity

How close are you willing to get to feed your curiosity?

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With Our Ancestors

I held my breath as I raised my hand to a print on the cave wall. There was a familiar symmetry when my hand and a burnt-orange handprint were seen next to each other, and with it I spanned thousands of years of existence to recreate a signature distinct to humanity.

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iPhone Shots : the Cederberg

Here are my favorite shots from the Cederberg, during my first week out walking the Rim of Africa.

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The Night Sky, South Side

NOTHING prepares you for witnessing the southern sky in its full glory for the first time.