Road Side Sanity
Mahatma Gandhi has been quoted as saying “ You can judge the progress of a society by how well they treat their animals” or words to that effect. Wise and noble words but rather outdated. I suspect if the spiritual leader was to re visit South Africa today he may comment something along the lines that you can judge the progress of a society by how well they drive.
I travel a lot on our roads mainly between Durban, Ixopo and Eshowe. It’s a crazy place where the philosophy of non-aggression and consideration to others is foreign to the majority of drivers. But amongst the insanity I try and get to smell the plants and take some landscapes shots along the way. It’s the only thing that keeps me sane.
Much of the areas have been transformed but you do get the occasional patch of intact vegetation and it really lifts the spirits to drive through these areas. All the photos were taken within walking distance of the crazy Durban-Ixopo-Kokstad Road. The third shot below is of the dwarf coral tree ( Erythrina humeana ) and is close to Ixopo which was the small village that Alan Paton described a road running through in the opening chapter of his novel Cry, the Beloved Country.