We decided to stop in Springbok for the night, mainly for having our second shower of the expedition. We got one Lithops marmorata population processed in the morning, despite challenging light conditions – both of our camera systems require long exposure times, so windy and half cloudy is almost the worst possible weather for us. The search at the next site failed miserably, but we saw a lot of other interesting plants!

Our difficulties with finding good Lithops populations in northern Namaqualand are partly caused by low rainfall in the last months, which means that the autumn is late and the plants have not yet started flowering. In addition, the plants that we do find are often crumpled (like the Lithops marmorata below), and we also find the dry remains of dead Lithops plants. Although Lithops are decidedly adapted to dry conditions, at many sites they seem to be at their limit at the moment.