Every now and again, one will come upon something quite exquisite and very exciting. But to really appreciate the value and get full impact from the feature, one may have to resort to some unusual practices. Cave explorers shimmy up and down ropes in the pitch dark, deep sea divers sit patiently in diving bells as they wait to descend to their favourite wreck, and bird watchers shiver in the crisp dawn as they await the arrival of some exotic species.
I frequently find myself on my hands and knees, camera clutched in one hand, working my way slowly through the undergrowth, taking care to make enough noise to alarm any wildlife (to prevent unexpected encounters)!
I move from plant to plant; photographing, admiring and just being overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of each specimen. The more diverse the environment, the slower is my progress. My family knows the signs and frequently just leave, knowing I could be occupied for hours!
Imagine then, how I revelled in the incredible Table Mountain National Park in South Africa! Thousands of species in flower, displaying their summer garb to any pollinator that would come by: rodents, birds and insects alike. This national park covers the most south western tip of the whole of Africa. It is a plant-lovers dream and the species you will find are awe inspiring.
There is another reason why squatting down here is a good idea – the plants are short and bushy and the wind is incredible (probably why the plants don’t grow very high). But they make up for their lack of stature by their sheer beauty and in some cases, massive flowers.
These photos give a quick look at some of the enormous number of plants that were in flower. There were a lot of other interesting things about this area too, including some details on the sea which surrounds the peninsula, but they will be left for another day 🙂