Expedition blog 2018Posted by Tommi Nyman Thu, July 05, 2018 11:29PM
Recharging stop in Kimberley. The rains have ended during our northward travel, but the South African winter has shown its strength during the last days, so the nights have been cold. The sunrises are very beautiful though.
Frosty morning with icy fog surrounding our camp next to an irrigation channel.
Unhappy field biologists demonstrating spoon frozen onto a plate during the night.
Expedition blog 2018Posted by Tommi Nyman Sun, July 01, 2018 09:44PM
Feels good to be on the road again! We headed up north from Cape Town on Thursday morning, and entered the distribution of our first target species, Lithops localis
, in the evening. The weather of the first three days has not favored our efforts, as it has been mostly cold, windy and variably cloudy. Especially clouds passing over the sun substantially complicate taking multi- and hyperspectral images, which require long exposure times. And the plants remain just as difficult to find as before. Nevertheless, we've managed to image altogether five L. localis
and L. comptonii
populations. Right now we have stopped for the night in Vanrhynsdorp, where our program mainly consists of showering, charging batteries, and backing up files. It's raining outside.
Some rare moments of sunshine.
Searching for Lithops localis
. The flags mark found individuals.Lithops localis
. This probably explains why Lithops
plants are hard to find.
Expedition blog 2018Posted by Tommi Nyman Mon, June 25, 2018 10:32PM
This feels a bit like when a space probe suddenly awakens and sends a faint ping
after years of silence and uncertainty, but... the Lithops Project is alive!
The journey since the 2016 expedition has been long and tedious, but now we're fervently preparing for the second expedition, which will start on Wednesday June 27, 2018. The aims and determination are still the same, but more people are involved and the mission is to gather more data than on the first trip.
More updates will follow soon!