After another couple of days in the field, we decided to stop in a guesthouse in Kenhardt for the night, for the following reasons: charging camera and laptop batteries, backing up tons of image files, and showering. The last reason was the most important, because Allan, Willem, Jeroen, and Matt started to reek seriously (I still smell like flowers).

In the last days, we’ve gotten into whitish quartzite soils, in which many animals and plants are very pale, forming whole white ecosystems.

Avonia sp.:

The alien-looking Dinteranthus pole-evansii, which looks like a cracked golfball:


Then an again gigantic, but white, Trachypetrella stone grasshopper (we’re starting to suspect that some of these are new species):


And a cute little wingless Ligariella praying mantis:

And, somewhat unsurprisingly, the minute Lithops fulleri has white flowers: