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...
HAIL TO THE HEATHERS! ERICAS AND FYNBOS

HAIL TO THE HEATHERS! ERICAS AND FYNBOS

I know I’m always boasting about the diversity of fynbos vegetation but even you will go ‘wow’ at this one. The Ericas are heathers and despite their dainty, shivery-twigged appearance, it is these shrubs that best illustrate the bio-insanity of fynbos. Heathers are...
IN PRAISE OF PROTEAS: FLOWERS OF THE GODS

IN PRAISE OF PROTEAS: FLOWERS OF THE GODS

Interesting character, Proteus. Son of Neptune – Greek God of the sea – his speciality was shape-changing, morphing into any form he chose – a leopard, a tree, some water. It’s a neat trick and one that inspired Carl Linnaeus – father of taxonomy – to name a...

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