After a day in the office I decided to spend an hour before sunset at Mgankla dam. It was very quiet at the waterhole so I decided to listen to an audio book. After about 30 minutes all by myself I heard a slight rumble. It was the start of a large herd of Cape Buffalo arriving for evening drinks.
This is my favorite picture from this evening taken with my iPhone.
At this time of the year my favorite trees come into bloom. Weeping Boer-beans (Schotia brachypetala) are called Hhuilboerboon in Afrikaans and uVovovo in isiZulu.
They produce copious amounts of nectar which occasional drips from the tree (Weeping) and the early settlers in South Africa (Boers) roasted the seed beans as coffee replacement, which gives them their name.
In traditionally Zulu medicine the bark of the tree is used to make tee, which apparently is an excellent cure for hangover headaches.
Very distinct with their bright red flowers they attract many bird species which makes them one of birders’ and photographers’ favorite trees.