During this year I am taking up a challenge to post a photo a day on this blog. I am a beginner photographer hoping to learn much about my camera and how to take photos.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Umkhanyakude - 12 June 2010
We spent the night in Hluhluwe with our friends Dave and Anne, Maggie and Oumi. It's good to be back here in the wilds of Zululand.
This tree is prevalent in this area. The English name for it is Fever Tree. The name was given to it because early settlers in the area would come down with an unexplained fever after camping under trees like this. They thought the tree caused the fever and so it got its name. In fact it was the anopheles mosquito that caused the fever - malaria.
The trees have an ethereal glow, especially when seen in the late afternoon sunlight. The Zulu name for the tree is umkhanyakude which basically means "glows, or shines, in the distance". When we drove into the village late this afternoon we couldn't resist stopping to take a photo of one of them.