Beauty in the African bush

I never realized how beautiful Zambia was/is until the last time I visited.  I normally prefer visiting in March when crops are ready and vegetation is still green.  However, family matters caused me to visit during the height of the dry season this year.  I knew everything would be brown, except plants that are watered.  I took some photos of vegetation and was surprised that some wild plants are in full bloom in spite of the dry season – something I had never noticed before.

  1. Jacaranda tree a kilometre or so from my parents’ home.  I used to take the beauty of these trees for granted, but no more 🙂

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2.  A wild plant that has bloomed after a fire

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3.  Wild thorn tree.

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4.  Bougainvillea bush

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5.  Mango a kilometre or so from my parents’ place

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6.  A wild flower.  It seemed so random, and beautiful, in the midst of dead plants.

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7.  Poor dead butterfly in the middle of the road.

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8.  An ant lion is surely hiding somewhere in there.

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9.  More wild flowers along a tiny stream in a nearby town

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Zambia is really a beautiful country green vegetation or not.  I was too busy with family matters to take many photos, but I am still enjoying the few that I took.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori
    Oct 14, 2015 @ 16:13:45

    It is strange and illuminating all at once, when we go back home and see the things we overlooked when we used to live there. I’m back living in my birth home after many, many years. It’s like I’ve never been here before and I’m experiencing it anew. Thank you for sharing your birth home with us. Hope all is well with your family matters.

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    • Zambian Lady
      Oct 14, 2015 @ 18:52:17

      You are right. My niece was amazed at the things that I was excited about and said we should swap places since I seemed to love Zambia more than she and the others do. My family is still coming to terms with what happened, but such is life I guess.

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  2. dendymactoodle
    Oct 13, 2015 @ 12:07:06

    Really great photos.

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  3. BeeHappee
    Oct 13, 2015 @ 11:50:10

    Beautiful!

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  4. Colline
    Oct 13, 2015 @ 11:12:53

    I love the beauty of the Jacaranda trees in bloom and it is a sight that I do miss seeing.

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    • Zambian Lady
      Oct 13, 2015 @ 11:38:15

      Thanks for visiting. Where did you see jacaranda trees? They are indeed beautiful trees.

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      • Colline
        Oct 14, 2015 @ 11:34:55

        They grow in Johannesburg and Pretoria (even though they are not indigenous to the country). I used to sit under one every day at lunch when I was at university). And I was lucky enough to have one in my back yard.

      • Zambian Lady
        Oct 14, 2015 @ 12:17:36

        I lived in Pretoria and so I remember the city being awash with purple/lavender jacaranda flowers. The view was beautiful, especially from Parliament buildings.

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