04 September 2014

Skywatch Friday - Harvey's Tree

I don't know who Harvey was, or why one of the roads at the Addo Elephant National Park was named Harvey's Loop, but I do know that near the Southern entrance to the loop is a ficus tree that has its own Facebook page and followers.

Harvey's tree as it has come to be know was systematically demolished by the elephants that moved into the Southern part of the Park, soon after it was opened. There was a lot of debate over the future of the tree and we all believed that the elephants would eventually destroy it completely, so we started a Facebook page to appreciate its resilience and monitor its demise or survival.

So far Harvey's tree has survived.

The tree has been photographed with a wide range of animal species grazing there, or just appreciating the shade. To name a few, these include lions, elephants, zebras, warthogs, hartbees and ostriches. When I took this shot there was just one humble Hadeda Ibis scavenging through the grass.

This view is looking south towards Algoa Bay which has disappeared in the horizon.


Gina, one of the lionesses from the park was enjoying the shade here some month's back, She has three delightful cubs now and does not show them off too often and I am hoping to see them soon.


Looking northwards towards Harvey's tree from Vukani Loop on a gloomy day, with the Winterhoek Mountains in the background. Click on the photo for a better view.



Go to the Skywatch site to link to many more great photos from around the world.

13 comments:

HansHB said...

Beautiful post for SWF!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures for the day, Max!! Beautiful skies!! I would love to see the lion and her cubs!!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful tree and great photos for SWF!
Hope the Lion and cubs remain safe ~ Happy Weekend to you!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Christian Weiß said...

A brave tree, can imagine that survivinng elephants is no fun. A great place.

Jim said...

Awesome shots on your blog.
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Judy said...

I guess trees are a big deal in that area, if your photos are any indication! I have never heard of a tree having its own FB page!

Amy said...

Some really cool shots there. Definitely scenery we don't hve here.

fredamans said...

Amazing panorama!!

Jo said...

Really beautiful shots, all three. Love Gina at the fallen log, and in sepia, too. Have a great day. Greetings Jo

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the shape of the tree against the sky. stunning.

**Lih** said...

Olá,

Lindas fotos!

Beijos!

Gaelyn said...

Brings back strong memories of Addo but I didn't know the story. I hope you see Gina's cubs on a future visit. Addo is my second favorite SANPark next to Kruger.

Jonker Fourie said...

Time to go and pop by Harvey's tree