Magnificent Trees of the Garden Route

While touring through the Knysna Forest it is important to see both the wood and the trees. Within the forests are singular marvels which may assist in our endeavour for a sustainable future and our understanding of the essence of biomimicry. Continue reading Magnificent Trees of the Garden Route

Pink in a flash.

On a mountain plateau, harnessing wind power is an obvious strategy for plants. In the case of tumbleweeds, evolution has employed wind for seed dispersal while contracting insects for pollination. Endowed with a geophyte bulb to store reserves, the flowers erupt from the ground through a lattice of leaves, this family of plants punctuate the uniform summer landscape with vivid splashes of pink and red … Continue reading Pink in a flash.

Mesmerising Mesembryanthimun

While most visitors to South Africa are familiar with Protea and Pincushions in the Fynbos found between Cape Town and the Garden Route, the diverse range of succulents offer vivid floral colours to enhance landscape photography. Boasting structural colour incorporating a nano lattice, the petals of the Mesems are capable of reflecting up to 70% of incoming light in an array of iridescent hues. The … Continue reading Mesmerising Mesembryanthimun

Oasis of reflection.

A self drive tour through the western Cape offers one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. Travelling eastwards from Cape Town through the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, a rapidly changing mosaic of jagged peaks, rolling hills, aquamarine coastline and stark semi-dessert are all interwoven with extents of fynbos that defy botanical belief. Occasionally off the beaten track, in the, swathes of fynbos … Continue reading Oasis of reflection.

Floral Landscape – a tick on a natural bucket list.

While travelling from Cape Town to Port Nolloth we were privileged to experience a vivid display of the West Coast flowers that bloom each year following the rain. To experience this floral event, one of the renowned natural events in South Africa, is a definite bucket list feature for every international traveller. Continue reading Floral Landscape – a tick on a natural bucket list.

Cliff hanger – Cycads clinging to sheer rock face.

A pleasant surprise while on a recent bird monitoring project for a proposed wind farm in the Karoo, we discovered a cliff shrouded in Cycads. Most of the plants had three or four stems and most seemed to be male plants. Initially vertigo prevented us exploring lower down the slope, but after careful inspection we discovered a Baboon path that led us lower down to … Continue reading Cliff hanger – Cycads clinging to sheer rock face.