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Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time

Mistbelt grasslands sustain a rich diversity of life, especially when they form part of a complex mosaic that includes also forest, wetlands and rivers and streams. Continue reading “Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time”

Mistbelt Forest in close up

Moving in after last week’s broader view of mistbelt forests, here is a more micro perspective with a selection of photos to celebrate forest treasures, and there are fewer words too. (Cue smiley face here.) Continue reading “Mistbelt Forest in close up”

Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

The suburb I live in nestles up against commercial plantations on the edge of town. Pre the colonial era and the development of urban settlement, what is now plantation and suburbia was part of a mosaic of mistbelt forest and grassland. Continue reading “Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands”

Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose

Although I have featured this plant before, I thought its flowers decorative enough for another look. The African Dog Rose has elegantly showy flowers. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose”

Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia

These tiny freesias pop up in unexpected places in the garden. In the wild they thrive in the shade in forests, woodlands or thickets. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia”

Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower

Another in the series of flower portraits, this is a cluster of flowers of the Dais cotinifolia. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower”

Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait

Another flower portrait this week. The popularity of the flowering wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, is well deserved. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait”

Weekly Photo Find: Golden crown of stamens

A flower portrait this week, the lovely flower of the Curry Bush (Hypericum revolutum). Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Golden crown of stamens”

Weekly Photo Find: Survivors in the Mistbelt Forest

My find this week takes us to the indigenous mistbelt forest patches of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. In this photo,  the huge base of a Lemonwood (Xymalos monospora) suggests the size of this impressive old tree. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Survivors in the Mistbelt Forest”

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