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RAINS ON THE GIRIBIS PLAINS

20/06/2010
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The Giribis Plains are spectacular in their own right:

Open spaces, mysterious fairy circles and, depending on the rainfall, a sea of grass gently swaying in the breeze or, contrastingly, dust devils chasing each other across a barren plain, a stark reminder that soft greens are but a fleeting vision in a semi-arid region.

However, when 1500 plus springbok fill the vastness and make way for an approaching vehicle much like Moses’ parting of the seas, one can be forgiven for believing – if just for a moment – that one has arrived at the Garden of Eden!

Aweek later these antelope had dispersed – evidence of the transitory nature of rain and its effects.

This is a fantastic example of how wildlife capitalizes on sporadic climatic events.

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