Photo of the Day: A turning trademark of South Africa

2014-09-10 15:47
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Margriet Van Dam


Cape Town - They're sown all over the country like giant steel water-providing sunflowers. These particular ones are in Loeriesfontein in the Northen Cape, also known as the Hantam region of South Africa. 

Whether they're there for practical purposes - like pumping water from the waterbed deep beneath the earth's surface - or just there to add aesthetic value, windmills are one of the most general things you'll find in SA. 

The Karoo town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape even have a dedicated windmill market selling small replicas of these mechanical water pumps to tourists.  

Like snowflakes, all windmills differ from one another. Any farmer would tell you that each makes their own unique squeak as the head turns in the wind. 

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