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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Floral profusion

The rain persists! At least it should be a good flower season this year, the western cape is renowned - even world famous - for the wild flower displays from the end of July to the end of September every year which brings tourists from all over South Africa and many international visitors to see the multi coloured profusion of what is basically just the sex organs of vegetables.Having said that, it is the start of the good weather and we can go riding again and a lot of the tourists do come to view on motorcycles so it is a pretty good time of the year.Spot the Namaqualand daisy! At first I wasn't too happy about this but it sort of represents beauty and the beast.Talking about "Beauty and the Beast" - how's this one, taken outside a restaurant in Capetown when we were at Rene' and Bronx's wedding - cool hey?
Very soon now the first of the wild flowers will start showing and it is usually the plain white ones that start to appear at the end of July, during early August we start getting the bright orange ones and then towards the end of August all of the other colours appear. There is then a brief brilliant show lasting through most of September and then by the end of the month it is all gone, but it is a fantastically colourful period after which summer starts and the countryside becomes very dry and dusty again, waiting for the next winter rainfall.
Winter here in the western cape is a very interesting time, beautiful with occasional violent storms and lots of natural colour and best of all; it's a short winter!
Warning: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

1 comment:

Christie said...

My favourite ones are the purple-pink ones. There is something very happy about that colour. love the warnings Dad - although have to say that no amount of alcohol can make me think I can sing!!