because I had to chase this tortoise who was legging it into the bushes, before the Food Lady put an end to the fun.
There were lots of flowers for the humans to look at - some goggas for us too - like this grasshopper in a Cape Everlasting (Syncarpha speciosissima).
It was deliciously cool from the fog that was rolling in off the sea. Perfect for hot Scots. You can see Kommetjie in the far distance.
Some of the walk was on the gravel road which is not our best.
Also on the road was this Ewwa-Trewwa (Satyrium coriifolium). Apparently the funny common name is thought to have come from the Flemish words ouwe trouwe meaning old faithful which was applied to several long-lasting, mostly European, wildflowers. It might allude to the long-lasting spikes or the fact that it comes up regularly every year.*
We soon turned off onto a lovely fynbossy path, where we came across a single large pink watsonia (Watsonia borbonica). You can just see the Alph in the background looking for a good tea spot with a view.
A nonchalant scratch before tea.
Tea on the slopes of Noordhoek Peak.
Monarch - er Rottweiler of the Glen.
After tea we came across a sign post to the look-out over the Black Eagle's nest.
Far far below somewhere was the empty nest.
The Skyline path dips down and climbs up and there are spectacular views,
and the mist kept swirling in - keeping us cool.
One of my best plants - a Cat's Tail (Microdon dubius).
A solution to dealing with dog poo - the Green Grooved Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus rugosus) on the road to the car park.
Nearly home now - Alph stopping to smell the flowers along the way ...
pretty keurboom flowers (probably the Garden Route species one with dark pink flowers - Virgilia divaricata).
*Information from William Liltved's new book(s), The Cape Orchids.