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1 Nov

The wreck of The Kakapo

We walked across the pure white sands of Noordhoek Beach. This is how it looked before we crossed it: . . . . and this is how it looked as we crossed it (watch this space for more about that guy on the left, with the sunglasses and black cap!). We inspected the remains of the wreck of the Kakapo and empathised with Captain Nicholayson, whose error parked the ship here on the beach in 1900. We were very forunate to see this beautiful "Early Blue Disa" (Disa purpurascens): Since i received a special...

8 Oct

God’s winter palette

The Protea family is named after the Greek God Proteus who repeatedly changed his appearance. One of the forms that our Cape Proteas take is that of the Leucadendrons or Cone Bushes. This group of proteas has separate male and female plants, often looking quite different from one another. The female plant produces woody cones which protect the seeds. There are 83 known species of Leucadendron in the southwestern Cape.In spite of their relatively large size these bushes are an inconspicuous green during the summer. However at the onset of...