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Afternoon sunlight slips in from the West, illuminating a fairy circles while a growing storm cell approaches from the East

Virtually nothing is known about these mysterious circles as you'll find on Wikipedia - "Fairy circles are enigmatic barren patches, typically found in the grasslands of the western part of southern Africa.

They are most prolific in Namibia, but are also present in Angola and South Africa.[1] These fairy circles consist of round areas barren of vegetation; as yet there is no clear picture as to how they are formed, although scientists are researching the matter. One theory suggests termites as the creator of these circles, but recent studies have stated that there is no evidence termites would cause this phenomenon. In the oral myths of Himba people these barren patches are said to have been caused by the gods and/or spirits and natural divinities.

Studies done by South African scientists shows that these circles are under continuous development. They grow in diameter, expanding to as large as 9 m in diameter, where they mature and "die", filled in by invasive grasses"

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mixdouble Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

Strong picture...!
even without the foreground...
just rain storm and plane...
it sets me up...
to prepare...
there is Change a coming...!

Many plants grow in circles...
many mushrooms...
and the ring grows outward...
mushrooms have a: "Symbiosis" with roots of trees...
once they have "taken" what is in roots...
they will go on to other roots...
and only first come back...
when tree roots have replenished energy...
and the roots need the fungi...
to break down matter...
before it too...
can colonize the peace of soil...

Dont we people feel a slight connection here...?!
We are depending on each other as well...
Very very old idea...low brain...
we live together...we live safer...
we work together...we produce more...
an' so on...
Symbiosis and synenergy...

When we find pattern and symbols in nature...
we see them as signs...
our beliefs...our signs...

Thank you for this inspirering photo...
Greetings Jakob.
MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Hypothesis: the ring of viriland grass comes from a single, mutant, extra-virilant plant.
as it grows ti wipes the soil of nutrients in a single generation burst but leaves a circle of descendants around it.
Those in turn wipe the soil of all nutrients and die within a genreation but again leave a ring outside them of descendants.
this goes on over seceral generations leaving a barren hole in the center of a ring of virilant plants?
Enkased Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice View ....
pitkon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Interface Designer
Nice shot!
dwuff Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful shot. Well done!
Kaslito Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful shot and very interesting explanation.
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Photographer
Would be interesting to return to this location and monitor its growth. Great shot! I take it you got more photos of the storm later? ;)
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great pic :)
Yondercat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
pretty cool.

There's something like that around here, too. It's called Devil's Tramping Ground. [link]
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sky...
MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful scene!
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
a great composition... I wonder if it is related to the "fairy ring"

a wild sight
JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Photographer
gosh! What a sky...!! Very well done!
beforeyouknowit Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
could it have something to do with soil composition?
hougaard Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Google it!
beforeyouknowit Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
just did! pretty wild that it hasn't been figured out yet. great photo anyway, lol.
hougaard Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
:) thanks
dominique-merot Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
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