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Josh Attenborough


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

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

Josh, I loved all the lighting🤗

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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 😱😱😱

Really interesting

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.

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.

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

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.

Thank uou Josh! Very instructive!!!

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.

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!!

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

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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Thanks for following your curiosity and sharing this interesting info.

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