My favorite picture of the lot depicting a plant I collected seed of in 1994 atop the snow-dusted mountain behind (Han Tam Mountain). I introduced this to cultivation as "Hermannia stricta" where it was a bit of a hit for a while in England at least. What the picture doesn't show is the chilliness of the air (it was in the 30's Farenheit) and the Akkerdam preserve around us was chockablock full of treasures.....for another blog perhaps one day.
This was taken on the steep hill above the town of McGregor (seen in the distance) in the Robertson karoo--a fantastic region that has a number of precious nature reserves protecting the fast disappearing renosterveld vegetation (an endangered biome).
|Drosanthemum sp. ign.|
A pure white drosanthemum carpeting acres in the Tankwa Karoo.
|Drosanthemum sp. on the Knersvlakte near Van Rhynsdorp|
|Drosanthemum hispidum on the Sandveldt|
|Same shot without people--if you prefer!|
|Dimorphotheca cuneata on the Roggeveld|
|Didelta carnosa in a sea of Drosanthemom on the Sandveldt|
|A jumble of goodies in a nature preserve near Calitzdorp|
|Didelta carnosa, Lampranthus sp. etc. etc. near Barryvale|
|Shrub steppe on the slopes of the Bokkeveld|
|Aloe myriostigma and friends near Laingsburg in the karoo|
|A tiny Senecio on Ouberg pass|
|Ruschia spinosa on the Tankwa karoo|
|Cineraria geifolia at Betty's Bay|
|Typical mashup of gems--this one photographed on Ouberg pass|
|Not only flowers delighted: the masses of Euphorbia schoenlandii at Strandfontein were fantastic!|