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Red Tides – the beautiful danger

Our recent Friday talk in the Fernkloof Hall took us off the hills and into our coastal waters. Dr Nuette Gordon, a marine biologist with Abagold, set the scene by emphasizing the influence the two major currents, the warm Agulhas … Continue reading

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Orchid Hunting around Sedgefield

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We have just returned from a four day outing to the area around Sedgefield where we went in search of Orchids.  This trip was precipitated by the devastating fires of last June in the area, as…

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The fascination of Plant Names

Vic Hamilton Attwell had us all fascinated at our October talk with his wide knowledge of the history of plant names.  Perhaps we had all thought that until Linnaeus sat down with his quill pen and his hand lens, plants … Continue reading

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Walking the Jeep Track Circuit

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This morning eight keen botanists and nature geeks ventured up the ZigZag above Voelklip.  As we arrived at the start of the Jeep Track, we were met by Frank, who had left before us.  A welcome…

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Botanical outing to Hoogie’s farm, in the Diepgat area near Shaw’s pass

An enthusiastic group of 25 botanisers headed up the Hemel en Aarde Valley on Thursday 11 October instead of the usual Wednesday,  to the stunning van Hoogstraten farm at Diepgat. This area burnt in December 2012. Soon after we had … Continue reading

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Walking at Button Quail Farm

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Fifteen Hurriers set out this morning for Button Quail Farm in the Elgin Valley.  We drove through many farms before eventually reaching the Palmiet river where we parked at the accommodation site.  From there we traversed…

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Orchids Galore at Gydo Pass

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Yesterday we had an absolutely fantastic outing to Gydo Pass to search for Orchids.  Lester, who has been there previously, was our guide and he did an excellent job, showing us no less than 18 species…

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