A group of my Visual Culture Studies peers and I recently visited the Moreleta Kloor Municiple Nature Reserve, which is in Pretoria. After visiting the nature reserve, it provided me with an understanding of just how beautiful nature is and that we should not take it for granted by focusing on mass-produced technological products that take up the majority of our time on a daily basis. Although, technology is beneficial to our lives as it makes them easier, it is also detrimental to our wellbeing.
This faecal matter, which was the first thing we began our hike at the Moreleta Kloof Municiple Nature Reserve, gave us insight into the fauna we would potentially see at a later stage of the excursion. In this case, it happened to be a herd of impala. The guide that accompanied us informed us that the faeces acts as a natural fertiliser for the plant the life, and that without it both plants and animals would suffer because the plants would not have enough nutrients and the animals would not get nutrients the plant should provide.
Captured in the image above is an invasive plant species that we encountered. The invasive species grew along the ground, below trees and amongst other plants. It, therefore, threatened the wellbeing of the indigenous plants and trees surrounding the area by using up the water and nutrients meant to benefit the native species.
Along the way, we crossed paths with members of the community who voluntarily visit the Moreleta Kloof Municipal Nature Reserve during their free time on weekends to help with the removal of invasive species. The problem that they are trying to combat is one that proves to be a continuous battle that they face every weekend as the alien species grow at a rapid rate.
We came across several spider webs along the Suikerbos trail at the nature reserve that were beautifully constructed between rocks of various sizes. It was interesting to see spiders thriving in nature as opposed to a home setting. The contrast between spiders having to spin their webs in a way that is suited or adapted to a man-made environment, and building their webs in a natural setting became evident. The web differs in size and beauty in these different environments. This particular web was rather large, and it was interesting to think that such a small creature could create something so big and beautiful.
The environmental specialist and guide, Renaldo, informed us that all bodies of water are water sources, yet not all of them are considered water courses. This means that all bodies of water are possible sources from which people can get water, but not all of them are necessarily a course through which water flows. In this case, this body of water is categorized as both a water source and water course.
The aim of this blog post was to share what I learnt about the life of fauna and flora in the environment that exist within the Moreleta Kloof Municipal Nature Reserve. I found the excursion to be extremely interesting. It was a memorable experience, and I hope that people will soon realise how important the natural environment actually is and not fall victim to the anthropocene.