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Parting Shots

23 Oct

Just a few more photos of plants at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in the winter.

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The Boomslang

21 Oct

Earlier this year Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens opened its newest attraction, a tree canopy walkway which rises above the treetops and gives you an expansive view of the gardens and distant Cape Town. You can enter on one of two points on the hillside and the walkway curves gradually upward until you are above everything. It is named The Boomslang, after a large venomous snake. Here are photos.

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Mandela’s Gold

21 Oct

Nelson Mandela, (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.  (from Wikipedia)

There are many ways to honor the memory and the accomplishments of the late Nelson Mandela. For one, a flower now bears his name,  Mandela’s gold strelitzia. It is more rare than its cousin, the orange and blue Bird of Paradise. Both varieties grow in Kirstenbosch.

Mandela’s Gold Strelitzia

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Bust of Nelson Mandela in Kirstenbosch Gardens.


The more common orange and blue variety, known as Bird of Paradise.


French Aloe…It Grows Everywhere

20 Oct

I had to know what that gorgeous orange flower was that grew like a flame on a stalk. French aloe. And it was blooming here in the dead of winter. French aloe adds spots of brilliant color to the landscape on a gray and cloudy day. Enjoy!

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A Winter Afternoon in the Garden

20 Oct

Upon my return to the hotel I learned that this afternoon would be the only good weather of my remaining time in Cape Town.  After Table Mountain my Number Two destination was the botanical garden. Visitor coordinator Colleen convinced me that this was my best plan for the afternoon. Next stop: Kirstenbosch.


Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is situated on the eastern side of a mountain in the city of Cape Town. The afternoon I spent there roaming the hillside pathways was an overcast, breezy day, but without rainfall. I enjoyed a late lunch at their restaurant before I began wandering. Here are some landscape shots that show the lay of the land. Even in winter there are many plants that are in blossom.

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I am from St. Louis, Missouri in the US. We have a fine botanical garden in my hometown as well. I was very proud to see the signpost at the entrance to the garden indicating the distance in kilometers to my home.