From Dry Land to a Land of Beauty…

Imagine you have driven through the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, it’s hot and dry, the animals are lethargic from the heat.. and this is what the river bed looks like…..

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BUT… some rain has fallen in some parts of the Park, you might not be able to see it under ground but the signs are there,.. Look at the green strip, that is water just below the surface….

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Now imagine driving through the Kalahari after a good rainfall has fallen, a cloud break and a good soaking … would you expect to see this????? A river of flowers with the Gemsbok enjoying the occasion….



This is what makes Africa so beautiful… veld flowers that can lie dormant in seed form for years, and when the circumstances are right… the world is covered in flowers, and that in some of the most barren portions of South Africa.. Oh it is a tough country to live in …. ha ha ha ha…

A Few Plants at Augrabies…(9)

It’s a desert, and they have had a drop or two of rain… but on my walk about’ I did not expect to find flowering plants…

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And then I found these flowering plants the first with hundreds of butterflies paying a lot of attention to it….

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The second, a bush with very little leaves but the most beautiful flowers…..

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And then this… what does one expect from a desert…????

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Prickly Pear Cactus…

Prickly Pear Cactus, family Opuntia

I came across this cactus, or is it cacti, (this language called English) when in the Kalahari visiting my Son. I know the genus is Opuntia… but which particular cactus it is.?? Don’t ask me… I just found the flowers and new fruit a great photo opportunity…

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Australian Silver-oak.. or Silky-oak…

Grevillea robusta, commonly known as the southern silky oak or Silky-oak, or Australian Silver-oak.

It’s a native of Australia, it’s a fast growing evergreen tree, between 18–35 m tall with dark green delicately dented bipinnatifid leaves similar in a way to a fern frond. It is the largest plant in the Grevillea genus, and it can reach a diameter in excess of one metre. The leaves are generally 15–30 cm long with greyish white or rusty undersides. Its flowers are golden-orange bottlebrush-like blooms, between 8–15 cm long in the spring, situated on a 2–3 cm long stem and are used for honey production.

The timber from this tree was widely used for external window joinery as it is resistant to rotting. It was also popular for making furniture.

The flowers and fruit contain toxic hydrogen cyanide.

A tree is flowering at the moment and I took a few close ups of the flower and one can see the sweet nectar on the blooms…

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Home of the Bulldog..

I thought you might just enjoy our start of the spring season….

First where I start my day with my constant companion…… and then the first signs of spring caught after the sunrise today…..

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And now for the first signs of spring, in the garden…..

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