If you (like me) have a weakness for wanting to stop and photograph flowers, animals and plants, then you will not get very far bushwalking in the environment below. Your bushwalking peers probably won’t understand your compulsion to spend the day on your hands and knees, looking for that special angle and the best light (given the gusty wind and inconvenient shadows cast by other shrubs and plants). They will have left you well behind by mid morning, and they will no doubt return to find you have not moved more than a few hundred metres by mid afternoon!
I have written of this place before. It is part of Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town in South Africa. Some of the most spectacular flora in the world grows in this area and for me, the King Protea (Protea cynaroides) is the most outstanding of them all.
I have posted photos of the red form of this species previously, but when Ailsa, from Where’s my backpack, proposed a weekly travel challenge of ‘Pale’, then this pale pink version came immediately to mind.
These particular flowers were not as large as the red ones I found, but I have seen large pink ones in the wild in other places in South Africa and many in cultivation (including those in my Australian garden!).