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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Western Cape wild flowers

In my last post I touched on the wild flower show that nature puts on in the Namaqualand and the cape west coast area every year between July and September. This floral profusion brings visitors from near and far and on sunny days the nature reserves and the surrounding parts of the west coast which are known for their displays, are crowded with tourists.
Now in September the purple and orange flowers are out, the display usually begins in late June early July with the white daisies and gradually the other colours are added until the show ends.
We decided to take a trip up the coastal road to Eland's Bay for lunch and see what was on display, at first the sky was a bit overcast but gradually the clouds broke up and the sun shone through.
 Shortly before Eland's Bay itself was where we saw the majority of the flowers, along the road as we were travelling there were isolated patches of white, yellow and intense purple but here I had to stop and take some photos.
Eland's Bay is just around that hill and we had another good lunch at the "Wit Mossel Pot", the floral displays were a bit better on the way home.
 The road was surprisingly quiet, perhaps the tourists had thought that the weather was not going to improve, anyway we had no trouble getting in to the restaurant this time.
 We made quite a few stops to photograph the flowers, hell a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
If you're thinking of coming to the west coast to look at the flowers don't wait too much longer, the show's nearly over for another year.
I know that this has nothing at all to do with braais or with bikes but I did drink some beers! Anyway it is a good road for motorbikes, just be wary of the potholes - see you out there.

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