a study in ice and snow

This time round the theme of the weekly photo challenge being details, it took me quite a while to decide which photos to use. I shortlisted various macro and macroish photos. In the end in trying to stay with my own theme of featuring iconic South African places I decided to use these photos (despite having used them in a previous Afrikaans post – I plead forgiveness to those who follow my posts, however the 3rd photo I haven’t included previously).

The farm is close to Sutherland and Sutherland is the coldest place in South Africa.  It does not have a consistent snow covering. At the moment despite being the middle of winter there is no snow in Sutherland, but it is consistently cold (in the sunny South African and African context).


In the photo above a frozen twig with numerous ice protrusions can be seen. It is not so clear in this photo but these protrusions point in the direction of which the wind is blowing – it only takes a very small eye on the wood to cause an ice lump. Underneath this detail (get it…) is very clear. There is very little or no ice on the twig form where the wind is blowing, but the ice protrusions/lumps is much thicker than the thickness of the twig itself. If you stay in a cold climate this may be boring or obvious but for me it was quite fascinating.



This photo captures the emotion of experiencing cold in detail. What is Sutherland by any other name – still cold! My wife and children still recall the experience (but not the cold) with fondness. The stone building resembling an igloo was the original dwelling of the farmer build around 1780. It is still standing without having been renovated!

While the post in  I mentioned earlier is in Afrikaans it contains 20 photos taken during this weekend (and the photos like love is in the universal language) and can be accessed here

To access my previous (and first 3) installments of weekly photo challenge featuring animals in the Kruger National Park, the South African Parliament building opposing St Georges Cathedral and Table Mountain click here

27 thoughts on “a study in ice and snow

  1. These are exquisite photos. I read the Prayer for Cape Town and it made me homesick. I love the spirit of your blog. I left South Africa 1978 (yeah, so you know that I’m an old dame, ha ha) and I have forgotten 90% of my Afrikaans and it was nice to see the written words again. Thank you for sharing. Blessings from my heart to yours 🙂 Linda

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    1. Hi Linda this is certainly a very inspirational comment; your comment confirms the theory that Afrikaans is the heavenly language 🙂
      No not inspirational for that reason – my heart is warmed by your blessings!

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    1. And in the process my camera “froze” as well. I couln’t take photos after about 45 minutes in the cold. I took the photos of the twigs at first light and it was still extremely cold. Fortunately it started functioning again when it warmed up.

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  2. Awesome photos – I didn’t realize that it gets THAT cold in Africa! I live with this kind of cold weather for several months of the year, here in Canada and am very familiar with ice & snow…brrr. (but it is summer now and has been 32C for the past few days)

    Thank you for sharing…I love how ‘blogging’ helps us see so many other parts of our world!

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  3. Thanks Jeri and a big thank you for the follow – it is certainly an honour that the owner of the World Bank is following me. No wait a minute it says Word Bank. Hey that is even more impressive 🙂 And therefore I will even speak to you in American spelling: it is also an honor!


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