Monday, November 15, 2010

Karoo Windpomp

Yeh, yeh, I have a thing for windpompe (wind pumps).  They are such a part of our countryside that its hard not to feature them when I get the chance to get out the city.  They play a specially important part in dry areas like the Karoo (I know I've said that a couple of times before as well) where both humans and animals are very dependent on them for water.  I pulled over in the Karoo the other day to get some photos of the landscape and found this windpomp standing on the road side of the fence which means that I could get right to it to have a look.

The life blood of the Karoo was being extracted and poured into the cement dam below the windpomp.  It was a warm day and the water looked inviting.  Its not hard to believe that many farm children swim in cement dams like this on sweltering days.

In the Karoo you are sure to find animals in close proximity of a windpomp.  In this case merino sheep.  You can actually see that they stay in the area by looking at the vegetation it and how they have cleared out a spot for them to lay in.


  1. Beautiful pictures, and all three so typically karoo!

  2. Water is a necessity for life, and we do what we must to get it.