South Africa 2017

In August 2017 I visited South Africa with a small group of nature photographers, with the object of photographing the flowers of Namaqualand (see the previous post).  This year happened to be one of the driest on record and so the fields of Namaqua Daisies were nowhere to be seen but, nevertheless, we managed to find a variety of plant and animal subjects.

Starting in Cape Town, we first explored the Cape Peninsula National Park before travelling north into Namaqualand, through the unique quartz-strewn region known as the Knersvlakte, then into the rocky hills east of Kamieskroon before turning south again and journeying through the Cederberg Mountains before coming full circle back to Cape Town via Stellenbosch and Betty’s Bay.

In addition to the small sample of photos posted below, there is a larger gallery here.

Daisy, Botterblom (Afrikaans), Gazania lichtensteinii, Kamieskroon, Western Cape, South Africa.

Daisy, Botterblom (Afrikaans), Gazania lichtensteinii, Kamieskroon, Western Cape, South Africa.

Oophytum nanum, in bud, growing among quartz pebbles in the Knersvlakte, Western Cape, South Africa, where it is endemic.

Oophytum nanum, in bud, growing among quartz pebbles in the Knersvlakte, Western Cape, South Africa, where it is endemic.

San rock-art paintings of elephants and people, Cederberg Wilderness, South Africa

San rock-art paintings of elephants and people, Cederberg Wilderness, South Africa

Foliose lichen, Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

Foliose lichen, Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

Grain patterns in dead Eucalyptus stump

Grain patterns in dead Eucalyptus stump

Kokerboom, or Quiver Tree, Aloidendron dichotomum, Western Cape, South Africa. Previously known as Aloe dichotoma.

Kokerboom, or Quiver Tree, Aloidendron dichotomum, Western Cape, South Africa. Previously known as Aloe dichotoma.

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