Weekly Photo Challenge : Today was a Good Day

Spring has Sprung. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is very much in the air. Days are getting longer, and warmer, and one can sense the end of Winter is near. It hasn’t been a particularly cold miserable winter, but I suppose one tends to forget as evidence of better weather patterns start emerging. Yesterday was forecast to be one of those good days, which provided the perfect opportunity to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens outside Cape Town’s city centre. I arrived there shortly after sunrise, to take advantage of the early morning soft light, that does so much to highlight Nature’s wonders, and went back shortly before the sun disappeared behind the mountain. Today was a good day, is this weeks prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of my Good Day at Kirstenbosch are my response to the prompt.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Close Up

Despite the wintery weather here in the Southern Hemisphere, these fynbos plants add some vibrant colour and warmth to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Not exactly Macro, but Zooming in gives one the opportunity to have a closer look at the intricate structure of these colourful plants. Close up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of these plants are my response to the prompt.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Spring

Spring has a lovely ring to it :-), though its Autumn here at the Southern end of Africa, with a hint of winter already this weekend:-(. Nevertheless, to add some warmth and colour, these images of the King Protea from the Fynbos family are my response to this week’s Spring prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

I wrote in a recent post about the arrival of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, so a perfect opportunity to post some close up images of wild flowers of the Fynbos kingdom in response to the ‘inside” prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge                       …………. the journey continues………

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Fynbos – within one of the World’s six floral kingdoms

The golden hour I was talking about in yesterday’s blog, provides wonderful opportunities for Photography, the colour range is incredible, and is constantly changing, literally before your eyes. As the sun emerges from the horizon and makes its appearance so it starts to dilute the rich colours in the sky, and before long that magnificent light is gone, as daylight takes over.

Such was the case following my little excursion to photograph the sunrise, that I talked about in my post of yesterday. The beautiful light had slowly emerged from behind the horizon, made a quiet appearance, and gently slipped behind more dense cloud cover as the sun continued rising. So, in this case the golden hour just happened to shorten its normally short stay even further. I gathered my equipment, folded the tripod and started heading back to my chalet. I did say there were some things that were outside ones control, weather, happens to be one of those. As I traced my way back over the route that I earlier followed by torchlight, I noticed a pond of sea water, obviously from the high tide overnight, stranded on the land side of the dune. Normally, in early morning light, a reflective pool like this would also present some good photo opportunities, but somehow the cloud cover just appeared to be too dense. So the walk back to the chalet continued.

As I approached the chalet from the distance I noticed how carefully, the chalets had been positioned among the fynbos. Fynbos? I can here some say, well,  it is the major vegetation type of the Cape Floral Kingdom, containing over 7700 plant species, and is unique to the South African Cape region. One of six Floral Kingdoms, it is the one that covers the smallest area and is the richest in all the floral kingdoms, with the highest known concentration of plant species, some 1 300 per 10 000 sqm. What can I say, if you read my post about South Africans and superlatives, this would be ringing a very loud bell right now :-):-) The nearest rival , which happens to be the South American rain forest pales in comparison with a mere 400 species per 10 000sqm. Fynbos is found covering mountains, valleys and coastal plains of South Africa’s Southern and South Western Cape. Strangely, it doesn’t occur anywhere else in the country!! The plants are small-leaved, extremely hard tough and leathery leaved. Additionally it contains Proteas, Ericas, and seven plant families found nowhere else in the world. South Africas national flower the King Protea comes from the same kingdom, as does the Red Disa, symbol of the Cape Province.

So, maybe the sun didnt stick around as long as I would have liked, but walking back, I had the opportunity to look onto and just ponder about the variety and richness of the Fynbos surrounding the chalet, truly another incredible sight.  The journey continues…………………..

Todays images were taken along the way back to and at the chalet….