April 13, 2011

Cederberg in Pictures

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Contemplative in the Cederberg.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an “…in Pictures” post, so I thought I’d put up some pretty geology pictures today.

Exactly one week from today I fly to Cape Town, South Africa to visit my fiance and have a bit of a vacation after 4 1/2 months of hard work. I’ve only taken a weekend or two off since Christmas, so I’m definitely feeling tired and in need of some rejuvenation. This trip to South Africa is also an exciting one because I’m starting to make plans for my upcoming wedding and move; I plan to move to Cape Town permanently later this year.

I am really looking forward to doing some hiking and spending some time outdoors on my upcoming trip. My fiance and I plan to spend several days hiking in the Cederberg Mountains, which are a couple of hours drive from Cape Town. I’ve been to the Cederberg twice before– once in January 2008 and again in September 2010– but there is much to explore there. You could spend weeks hiking in the Cederberg and not see everything. I find the Cederberg a magical, wonderful, relaxing place. I’m very much looking forward to returning there.

I’ll post some pictures of my upcoming trip to South Africa upon my return. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of my trip to the Cederberg in September 2010. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge.

Mini rock arch.


Posing with petroglyphs.

Hill above our cabin 1.

Hill above our cabin 2.

A view of the beautiful cabin we rented from the hill above.

Food (healthy and not-so-healthy) for hungry hikers.

View from the front porch of our cabin.

Stew for hungry hikers.

Large sandstone boulder.

Sandstone boulders.

Pretty biology.

Rock shelter from the rain.


The trail and flowers.

Interesting weathering on a boulder.

Weathering close-up.

The trail to Mordor?

Mordor tree 1.

Mordor tree 2.

Somehow I felt this plant wanted to reach out and grab us…

Typical Mordor landscape.

Cross-bedding on boulders.

Is there where Frodo needs to bring the ring?

A misty trail.

Interesting biology thingy– this is called a “butt plant” or something.

A tree through the mist.

Trail marked by rocks.

Interesting weathering 1.

Interesting weathering 2.

Man imitates rock.

Wet, tired, hungry, but happy hiker.

Valley through rock arch 1.

Valley view.

Valley through rock arch 2.

Sunburst 1.

Sunburst 2.

Into the great wide open.

View from partway up the mountain.

Distant wine farm 1.

Distant wine farm 2.

Interesting iron weathering.

Upwards and onwards.

A view down the valley.

Precarious boulder 1.

Precarious boulder 2.

Entering the “Easy Crack.”

View from inside the “Easy Crack.”

Interesting erosional features.

A lizard friend.

At the flat mountaintop.

Sandstone cross-bedding.

I am the Vanna White of cross-bedding.

Twisted rock.

The old man in the Cederberg Mountains.


More baboons! Including a baby!
Overlooking the valley.

Another lizard friend.

Rock monuments 1.

Rock monuments 2.

Rock monuments 3.

Why we need to buy a 4×4, Part I.

Yet more baboons!

Why we need to buy a 4×4, Part II.