Blog Image

Lithops project blog

... AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

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 www.lithopsproject.org

Nightlife

Expedition blog 2016 Posted on Sun, April 24, 2016 01:20AM

By now, our daily routines have become rather standardized. Before dark, we search a good spot for camping, and make a small fire to cook food.


In a coming book called South African Field Cooking, I will describe the results that emerge. I’m sure Allan, Willem, and Jeroen have a plan during cooking, despite the fact that my still-untrained eye perceives the process like random mixing of ingredients that happen to be found in the cooler box.


After dinner we got to bed before nine and get up at sunrise. The fire is revived for making coffee. The fire pit can also be used for warming up cold feet, as demonstrated by Jeroen below.


After breakfast we pack everything in the car and head towards the closest Lithops population!



Flat tyres II

Expedition blog 2016 Posted on Sun, April 24, 2016 12:50AM

This is what our right hind wheel looked like on the morning of the second day of our trip (April 6).

Thursday morning revealed that our left hind tyre had a big gash on its side and was letting air out. As luck was, we noticed this in time and got it promptly repaired before leaving Springbok.


The last couple of days have been productive, and we’ve been processing populations of Lithops marmorata, L. meyeri, and L. geyeri. Below is a shriveled but flowering individual of L. meyeri.