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Josh Attenborough

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Born into a family passionate about wildlife Josh knew from a very young age that he wanted to work in the African bush. He was fortunate enough to spend his school holidays going on annual family trips to the same two destinations – ...

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Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I’d never heard the tree bark theory, but I like it. Very cool.

William Paynter
Explorer

Josh, thanks for the information about the trees and lightning. I gained some knowledge today. Wonderful pictures of the lightning.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Josh, I loved all the lighting🤗

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

The power of nature whether it is a microscopic bug or a bolt of lightening cannot be underestimated – but we do.

Mind you getting the ranger to climb the adjoining tree to get the pictures is a bit hazardous 😱😱😱

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Really interesting

Valmai Vorster
Senior Digital Ranger

Josh very intriguing story about lightening struck trees. Good theory about the texture of the bark of the trees, sausae tree been smooth, which allows the water to run down the bark of the tree and therefore the water is a beter conductor for electricity, as to the knobthorn tree with wrinckles.
Well explained and very interesting.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Terrific information Josh. I had wondered why there weren’t more trees showing evidence of lightning strikes. Additionally, the two photos during the lightning show are amazing, although no credit is given. Perhaps someone will write a how-to on capturing these stunning moments.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

wow very glad no. ares were out! !
Spectacular !! thanks for sharing!! Victoria

Darryl Piggott
Explorer

It’s the Knobthorn still known as an Acacia? I understood that the name Acacia is now used only for trees occurring in Australia and African acacia species were renamed either Vachellia or Senegalia.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Thank uou Josh! Very instructive!!!

Mike Vanover
Explorer

Lightening can travel quite a ways through the ground (~10 miles). If it finds buried cables (unshielded) it will jump on to it and follow the cable, possibility, to the where its connected (building, barn, house, electrical equipment, etc.). This is how damage occurs sometimes. Other times things get hit directly.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Great post Josh, and in classic Londolozi form, it contained everything we love; stunning photos, a conundrum, some great research, a summary of findings, and more questions of interest to pursue! Bravo sir!!

Wian Eloff
Explorer

Lightning is so powerful, you actually can’t imagine it.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Really interesting Josh. I recall my childhood in White River with huge electrical storms and the lightning would run along the kitchen counter from one plug to another. Our avo tree was split in half one night but didn’t catch fire.

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