FYNBOS IN AUTUMN: TIME OF PLENTY

FYNBOS IN AUTUMN: TIME OF PLENTY

Like a big hot engine that’s just been switched off, Cape Town’s dry summer begins to cool down in March. It’s still warm at times – often extremely – but clouds are hovering on the horizon and subtle movements are afoot in the fynbos. Plants have withstood the...
RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Like beer and burgers, the flowers on Rondebosch Common are always better in the afternoon. There’s no point getting there in the morning: these are Cape Town plants after all, and you know what Cape Town is like. The mornings are simply too early to do anything, and...
A FYNBOS WINTER:  NOT WHAT YOU THINK

A FYNBOS WINTER: NOT WHAT YOU THINK

Can we stop using the word “winter?” May through September in the Western Cape is the Rainy Season. We use that phrase in the rest of Africa; it beats me why we insist on calling it winter down here in Cape Town. The Cape’s Rainy Season is just that:...
WALKING IN THE WOODS: FYNBOS AND FORESTS

WALKING IN THE WOODS: FYNBOS AND FORESTS

If, heaven forbid, you were hiking with me in the Cape mountains and we saw a fire sweeping towards us, my instruction might surprise you: “Run for the trees!” People from the northern hemisphere and Australia would look at me like I were a lunatic: we all know pine...

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