Sunday Morning on the Contour Path above Hermanus

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We walked the Contour Path above Hermanus Heights and Northcliff this morning, covering a distance of around 8 kms. The weather was cool and great for walking and the flowers were amazing. It is so interesting to see the changes from one week to the next. Now the Orchids will start coming out, and today we got our first glimpse of Disa bracteatus and Pterogodium catholicum. There were, of course, many species that we could not identify, but I show them all below. There are no doubt many errors in the names! Botanists will be appalled!!

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Birding Along the Swartrivier Road

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Blue Cranes enjoying a Spring morning

An outing this morning to Rooisand and then along the Swartrivier road produced a fair number of birds, but nothing like as many as had been anticipated. What was impressive was to see how beautifully green the farmlands are and also to see the Spring flowers looking so good! Needless to say, I could not resist photographing some of them.

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Flowers on the Contour path above Hermanus Heights

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Having walked the Red Route, we decided, today, to try our luck along the contour path above Hermanus Heights. We tried to identify all the flowers along this route which were not seen on the Red Route (which we walked a couple of days ago) and we came up with quite a few. Of course, there were many that are the same, such as the magnificent stands of Geissorhiza ovata which were out in their thousands!

Unfortunately many of the species seen were very small and difficult to identify, so I am hoping that some reader may be able to assist me with a name or two. Suffice it to say, we had a great walk and the weather was spectacular.

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Red Route – Flowers

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One of the popular walks in Fernkloof is called the Red Route. On a cold morning such as we had today, it is always pleasant to start on the Klipspringer Trail and get the benefit of the warm sunny slopes. Today we decided it was time to once again try to get to know the Spring flowers along this route, as we have not walked on the mountain for ages and one tends to forget. Armed with my camera, I decided to photograph all the flower species that I could find, and they are presented below. I tried to name them, but made quite a few errors! Liz was a star and helped me out with the difficult ones!

We only managed to see around 70 species, a low number, we felt, considering the Spring Flower show would normally have been held next week and the number of species at…

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30 Minutes in the Garden

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A quick walk around the garden today revealed just how many plants are in bloom. We always complain that a fynbos garden has little in it, but obviously, if one looks closely, there is something. What…

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Some Papkuilsfontein Spring Flowers

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Apart from the myriads of Namaqualand daisies that cover the fields at Papkuilsfontein in Spring, there are many other species of flowering plants. Of course, the area is also noted for its spectacular displays of Brunsvigias, but that would require an Autumn visit.

I am no botanist, so please bear with me if there are some errors in the naming of the images below! For those who don’t know, a papkuil is a bulrush (Typha capensis) but I have no picture of it!

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Early Spring on the Contour Path

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This morning we walked up Elephant path to the Contour path and then back eastwards to Fernkloof. The veld is looking great and it was wonderful to see the hundreds of Caledon Bluebells (Gladiolus bullatus) in bloom above Hermanus Heights. There were also thousands of Struthiola in bloom, as well as many Drosera, Pauridia and some Moraeas.

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New Book by Marius Diemont

You are invited to purchase the new book on the Blombos Coast by renowned fisherman and historian, Marius Diemont.

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Floral Textures

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A walk up Aasvoelkop in 2014 yielded many beautiful plants in the ever-changing display provided by our fynbos.  Looking through some of the pictures I took that day brought home the amazing textures that can be…

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Fernkloof N R Closes

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Please note that the Fernkloof Nature Reserve will be closed from tomorrow, Thursday 26 March until further notice.  The main gate will be padlocked.

We wish all our members good health during the Covid-19 lockdown.  The best thing you can do is stay at home and keep healthy.

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