Lithops project blog

Lithops project blog


This is the blog page of the Lithops Project, in which we investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the enigmatic African "stone plants" belonging the genus Lithops.

In the first part of the project, we use hyperspectral and multispectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and the soil on which they grow across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our second month-long field expedition on June 27, 2018. As on the 2016 expedition, we aim to post updates every 2-3 days.

Our imaging expeditions are supported by National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe. Hyperspectral camera equipment is provided by Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd. and the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out

Winter is coming...

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.

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