Karoo Researchers at Work

Last week we spent a productive few days doing survey work in and around the Wilgerbos River on Ganora Farm.  Kate’s Masters student, Natalie, and postdoctoral researcher, Simon, were busy with channel surveys, flow measurements and laying sediment trips. I helped Kate with her erosion study on the badlands.  Some of these pictures have already been posted on Facebook as black-and-whites but here they are in colour.  Starting with Kate on the badlands site up above the road to the farm.

Kate

Here are Natalie and Brendan surveying the channel at her middle site in the river gorge.

Natalie

Brendon

And lastly another picture with someone in the river, this time it’s Simon, and Chabala with Natalie.

ChabsSimonandNatalie

 

 

Ganora Farm: the Windpump

It’s been a while since I have had the time and space for posting anything here.  We’re just back from Ganora Farm in the Karoo: it was Kate’s first field trip since her colon cancer operation and chemotherapy started six months ago.

Everyone who visits the Karoo has a wind pump picture but I thought I would climb up one to see if I could get something a little different.   I’d had a drink from the sparkling groundwater coming out of the pipe and then scrambled up the ladder to just below the spinning vanes.  Hanging on one-handed whilst taking pictures was a bit tricky but when one of the farm workers appeared to fill his water bottle I was rewarded with this picture.

GanoraWindpump