We live in the most diverse floristic kingdom in the world which has a Mediterranean climate. The contrast between our part of South Africa and the Highveld struck me again as I flew between Cape Town and Johannesburg last week. The latter, which has had rain, is lush and green. In our part of the world, except for cultivated land: the vineyards, orchards and domestic gardens, the veld (countryside), is drab and brown but with its own beauty.
Then, as I was browsing through my photographs, looking for something else, I found these.
All of these grew (some naturally occurring, some cultivated) and were picked on the mountains above our village, and all except the Banksia, are indigenous and natural (i.e. not dyed).
Our mountains after a hot summer, before the winter rain.
A closer look at the colours to which we look forward each winter.
Not all are as vibrant. The aptly-named blushing bride is delicate and ethereal.
In 40°C+ (100°F+) heat, winter cold is hard to contemplate. I hate winter. The flowers are the best thing about it, especially as they are at their best when the weather’s the coldest and just before spring.
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