The wind-pump, water workhorse of South Africa’s arid regions, is celebrated in the Namaqualand village of Loeriesfontein. The collection of more than 2 dozen wind-pumps at the Fred Turner Museum makes Loeriesfontein a fascinating place to visit if you happen to be in the area at the time of annual spring wild flowers. Wind pump enthusiasts from the USA and Australia have been so inspired by the collection that new collections have been started on other continents. Anybody familiar with the arid open landscapes of South Africa will know the value of the wind pumps and the familiar creak of the sails and tick of the pump is a comforting sound in the wild open spaces.
The flowers surrounding the pumps represent a few of the +/- 4000 wild flower varieties which bloom in Namaqualand and the Western Cape each spring providing the areas receive good winter rainfall. - Rosemary Walden's Photos