In Fields of Flowers

25 Aug

We drove north from Cape Town on a sunny Friday morning to an isthmus of land that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. And there, in a place called Postberg, is a national park open for only two months of the year…the two months when the wildflowers bloom. The expanse of flowers extends all the way to the edge of the ocean. We wish all of you could have been there to see it.

The setting

There is wild life among the  flowers. Two Cape Buffalo came thundering down the road toward us and veered from us just in time.

Yes, this is a zebra.

Zebras, note the nursing colt

Cape Buffalo

The closer you look, the more varieties and colors you see.

A patch of blue

A field of blue

I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

8 Responses to “In Fields of Flowers”

  1. Ellen Gregor August 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    This is so incredibly beautiful! What a lovely adventure.
    The community garden is yielding lots of great veggies – miss you!

    • Jill August 28, 2012 at 1:52 am #

      Hi Ellen: Life on the road is pretty darn good. We would love to see the garden. Is there any photos of the garden this year? If some were posted I missed them. Miss you too. J

  2. Joyce Tate August 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I heard of your travel adventure through Nancy and the Eldorado book club. My husband and I are newer residents to Eldorado, in fact right across the road from Nancy & John at 3 Duende. What wonderful sites and experiences!

    • Jill August 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi Joyce and welcome to Eldorado. We look forward to meeting you both when we return. We have having a great year of adventure and love sharing it on the blog. So glad you joined us and commented.

  3. Ursula Freer August 26, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Those colors are incredible! Is this display of flowers typical of a Spring desert such as in California or is it this fertile all year round? Are some of those flowers the large African Daisies?Thanks for sharing this.

    • Jill August 26, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      Hi Ursula, Some of these flowers reminded me of California wildflowers but there are none of the ubiquitous poppies of CA in the mix. Yes the fields of white (which doesn’t show really well in the panoramic photo at the top of the page) are Africa daisies with dark purple centers, gorgeous. The bright orange is ice plant and an orange daisy with a yellow center. What is incredible is the combinations of flowers when you look really closely…a kaleidoscope of color. In California it is in Spring that you see the wildflowers as they are here due to a combination of rainfall and sunlight. After spring it is too hot and dry for this kind of bloom. J

  4. Maryl August 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm #


  5. Neil Freer August 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Beautiful………and so dense……the soil must be top soil not to make a bad pun……..I am certain that I would not want one of them beastie buffalo horning in on my life …….or car. Have you met Michael Tellinger by chance………….he and I among others will be presenting at the in Indiana in October. I’m not showing under Speakers yet, just firming up the gig. His pix is already there.

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