Category Archives: the natural world

Corny

That’s for sure. Does it help if I tell you that the vernacular name for the pale yellow/greenish cups is “pietsnot’?

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The melting of the old order

The old flag of orange, white and blue, is melted and smeared over the land – as it should be. Ons vir jou, Suid Afrika…  

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Two too sweet

From a walk in the Namakwa Park

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Snow?

No! Drifts of white flowers in the dips of the Namakwa National Park. Note the tiny flashes of orange and yellow which are stray flowers from the sunny banks above, solid in orange daisies. See?

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Full head of flowers on a Halfmens

  Each trip adds another facet. How happy I was to find a flowering Halfmens in the Goegap Nature Reserve. I remember how we searched to find this weird plant in the Richtersveld a year or so ago…and the first … Continue reading

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A treeture

A tree-creature, a treeture, laden with heavy blossoms, still manages to remain pert, looking around with a delicate curiosity at the world around it. Can anybody identify what type of tree this is? (Growing close to Niewehoudtville, West Coast)

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Heady

I return from our trip my head filled with flowers. At night, in the darkness of our tent, against the darkness of the underside of my closed eyelids, movie-style, fields of shadow daisy-flowers bloom. Has the brightness of their daytime … Continue reading

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Delirious

Variegated nasturtiums growing in our garden make me dizzy with delight. Inspiration for ink-swirl marbled endpapers for a book both green in content and style? It’s on this note that I wish to say farewell as we venture off on … Continue reading

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Simple joys

At the Green Rose Club we rolled silver balls of water on nasturtium leaves.  Sliding balls from one leaf to another turned into a game between friends. We ended off by eating our leaves!  Great to add a peppery zing … Continue reading

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Sail away in your mind to the smallest place you can imagine

From Monkey’s Wedding, Lucky Fish Press Ants on their leaf boats sail the swollen gutters. They bear presents for the wedding being held under the trees at the edge of the city. A life led under the human radar merely … Continue reading

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