What do you get when you combine rushing river water, fine gravel, small pebbles and a narrow sandstone gorge, then stir continuously for many eons?
Often, the result will simply be a mixture of water, a river bed of pebbles and grit and rocks! But in the Sabie area of South Africa, this combination has worked together to create a most amazing natural feature.
Ailsa has set her challenge on the curvy aspects of life this week. In her post on “Where’s my backpack” she has included a variety of interesting images to trigger the imagination of her readers. But I doubt she knew she would be taken to have a closer look at a river bed in South Africa at what are sometimes called Giant’s Kettles or Giant’s Cauldrons, carved into the sides and the base of a red sandstone canyon.
The Blyde River joins with another river (the Treur River) within the Blyde River Canyon. (The names of the two rivers mean ‘Happy’ River and ‘Sad’ River respectively!) Where these two waterways meet, one still finds a riverbed in turmoil, with sand, river gravel and pebbles being vigorously swirled around in the water eddies as the water rushes through the constrictions and gaps of the riverbed.
Over many millennia, this aggressive, swirling action has caused the abrasive debris to scour out the sandstone rocks, so that they what is left, is a series of fascinating, perfectly curvy potholes! Bourke’s Luck Potholes!
Not only are these huge carved cylinders fascinating to see, but the colours of the rock contrast so beautifully with the colour of the water. Add to this the rushing water cascades and water falls, and you have a very stunning water feature.
Footbridges give fascinated folks a way of crossing of the rivers in a number of places presenting lots of opportunities to admire and appreciate this lovely place.
If anyone is wondering who Bourke was, Tom frequented this area in the 18th century looking for gold which he was convinced was in the area somewhere.
Unfortunately for him, he never did find it, unlike those who followed in his wake! But his name lives on…. irrespective of his ill fortunes!