Tag Archives: flora

Pretty weed seed

Pretty weed seed
These are very irritating when in one's garden, but here, in a field, back-lit by the sun - well, they're actually quite pretty. Don't you think it's cool how something either ordinary-looking or just plain unimpressive can look so pretty when captured in the right conditions?

It's like the beautiful models we see photographed in magazines - they're often actually not quite as good looking as you may think; it's often just the make-up artists, photographers, and expensive equipment that make them look so darn awesome. I'm not implying that their particular body structure, attitude, and abilities have nothing to do with it, but it's also true that people (perhaps like you) who you'd consider ordinary can look quite astoundingly attractive given similar treatment that models are given.

Enough of that though. :) Remember to check out the competition to win tickets to the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival. The competition closes tomorrow, 3 April.

A confusion of flora

A confusion of flora
Once picked, we can refer to these as a bunch of flowers; but like this - I suggest we refer to this collective as a confusion of flowers. It seems like a fairly apt name, IMO.

After a blistering hot Friday, we had a strangely-cool Saturday, with plenty of cloud-cover, especially congregating around Table Mountain like a huge ball of grey cotton wool. Kerry-Anne and I headed out to the Alphen Hotel in Constantia to meet up with friends for lunch at La Belle, a lovely restaurant on the hotel's estate.

La Belle is pretty awesome - the service is great, and the food is superb. The pork neck I ordered was spectacular, the cheese cake was heavenly, but the coffee was unfortunately only average. I'd definitely recommend you visit La Belle though - you're sure to enjoy it.

A million tiny flowers

A million tiny flowers
I don't know what we call this - but it is kinda pretty, don't you think? Imagine if the little flowers bloomed in different colours making this head look like a tiny bunch of mixed flowers? Someone, somewhere in China, is probably to be working on this right now. ;)

Flowers and stadia

Flowers and stadia
As you can see, I took this photo in the Green Point Urban Park that's part of (or at least, borders on) the Cape Town Stadium complex.

If you haven't already, pick a clear sunny windless day and take some time to visit the park in the early morning (when it opens, at 7am) or in the late afternoon (say, at about 18h00). It's a lovely place to walk around and absorb the tranquility of nature and aroma of our indigenous flora.

Red Poppy or Single Ranunculus?

Poppy or Single Ranunculus?
I'm not sure if you can tell from this angle, but what kind of flower do you think this is?

I at first thought it was a poppy, but then Kerry-Anne suggested that it could also be a single ranunculus. Any thoughts?

Bees, bees, and Red Bull

Bees, bees, and red bulls
I, for some inexplicable reason, find the fact that in English the word "bees" refers to a group of flying-stinging pollen-loving insects, while in Afrikaans the word "bees" refers to cattle. Not specifically Red Bull's flying bulls - but that is an interesting happenstance, don't you think? :)