Dust Devil

Vineyard 1

Vineyard 1

Sitting in the shade of a massive tree with my friend, overlooking the rose garden and vineyards, I noticed dust clouds billowing in the distance.

 

Vineyard 2

Vineyard 2

At first all I could see was the dust cloud, but then I became aware of a tiny object moving in front of the dust; it was a tractor.

Nothing epitomises the lack of rain more than watching this tiny machine drive up and down the narrow pathways between rows of grape vines, engulfed in dust clouds.

Vineyard 3

Vineyard 3

It was not spraying crops. The clouds are red dust.

The wind easily picks up the red dust that used to be earth, swirls it around in a Dust Devil and spreads it to the four corners of the universe, never to be seen here again.

We need rain.

How else is this crop of grapes going to survive well enough to become tomorrow’s wine?

 

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28 thoughts on “Dust Devil

    1. scifihammy Post author

      It is lack of foresight in our politicians – tomorrow’s problem!
      We do have (some) rain in winter, and we live by the ocean. There should be no problem.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I guess they would irrigate the vines when needed. 🙂 Most places are more brown than green now, especially all our lawns.
      But you are right – Cape Town is a lovely place. 🙂

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        haha No worries 🙂 One thinks drought and no water, but there is still about 40% left in the dams – it just has to last us many months yet, that is the problem. 🙂

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  1. blosslyn

    I love the photos, what a lovely view 🙂 Sorry …hope you get rain soon, I thing the US could send you some, they have plenty at the moment, most likely yours 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you – Jo’burg in the north has plenty of rain, and even floods. I think they should send us some; after all, we were sending them electricity! 🙂

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  2. Garfield Hug

    First thought of the dust was oh-oh sand storm! But tractor os safer! I hope rain falls soon for CT. Hopefully CT can use newater technology we created for our dry months and threat from our neighboring country to stop selling us water. This way, self sufficient 😉

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you GH. It should rain in a few months time. 🙂
      Cape Town is right by the sea – you’d think we would use de-salination plants, but apparently it is very expensive. I, for one, would be happy to pay the extra. You need water to live!!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Actually, I think they’ll be fine, because it doesn’t normally rain now anyway. A little poetic licence, because the red clouds looked so dramatic! 🙂
      But the drought is rough for the rest of us and our pampered gardens. 🙂

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