01 December 2010

To the Constantiaberg mast

After the last disastrous Wednesday walk when we were hot and slow, the Food Lady threatened to ban us from Wednesday walks, but as today was cool, she relented and let us come, although DawnDog stayed at home. I made a new friend, Lucky, who is a spaniel-border collie. We went a slightly different way up to the mast today - along the Steenberg Ridge that joins the normal path after a little way. There were lots of flowers to sneak pictures of like this everlasting (Helichrysum fruticans) ...
and some Camphor-scented Pelargoniums (Pelargonium betulinum).
We passed the Elephants Eye cave on our way up to the mast.
A lovely white Ninepin Heath (Erica mammosa) just starting to flower. They are pollinated by Orange-breasted Sunbirds. Me being the Monarch of the Fynbos.
It was cool and cloudy up near the mast,

and the view over Hout Bay and Noordhoek on the other side came and went in the clouds. This rather scruffy plant is a Rough Ragwort (Senecio rigidus). And near the car park were lots of dandelions - all are aliens and clones of each other - like something out of the sci-fi books that my human brothers used to read.

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