15 October 2016

The Masta Boys of Slangkop

Last Sunday, Jane and Lonsi joined us for a walk. We were going to meet Pauline and her friend at the Catholic church at the top of Rubbi Road in Kommetjie but when we arrived there was just Pauline, and we thought this handsome dog waiting in the car might have been her friend - but no such luck.
Anyway, we crossed over the avenue of gums
and into the sandy fynbos. Then we had to negotiate through the fluffy Wild Rosemary (Eriocephalus) which is actually a daisy,
and the salmon-coloured flowers of Wild Sage (Salvia lanceolata)
and restios festooned with African Buckhorn (Cynanchum africanum).
Harvey 'n me smelling the flowers.
Another daisy - Pink Blombos (Metalasia divergens subsp. divergens)
and, appropriately seeing as we had just passed and admired the Italianate Catholic church of St Joseph at the start of the walk, this is an orchid called Pterygodium catholicum.
When we got to the Cobra Camp ruins at the top, Harvey, Lonsie and Lad thought this graffiti summed them up -
the Masta Boys! In their dreams!
And where were the Masta Boys when the Alph went to investigate this human lying all alone and still?
Turning a blind eye - everyone! Luckily the human was just having a drug-induced ziz and was still breathing.
Further along we found lots of Green Snakestem Pincusions (Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron subsp. hypophyllocarpodendron. They are redlisted as Vulnerable - and so they should be with that name! The Foodlady was intrigued that there were flower buds, mature flowers and dead flowers all together on one plant.
Singing its heart out - a Southern Double-collared Sunbird. Although we see them in our garden, its unusual to see them up in the mountain fynbos which is usually the realm of the Yellow-breasted ones.
Lots of pink and pretty little sorrels - the Food Lady thinks this is Carpet Sorrel (Oxalis pusilla).
The Rockweiler.
Jane, the Alph and the Masta Boys waiting for me, Pauline and the Foodlady to catch up. Misty Cliffs in the background.
Never mind Lonsie, we will protect you from the Rockweiler.
Then the Food Lady found a dazzle bug in a hairy Trachyandra hirsutiflora,
and a dolls house pelargonium - the fire-loving Pelargonium althaeoides.
Eventually it was teatime - Lad, Jane, Lonsie, Harvey, Pauline, moi and the Alph. And where was the Food Lady?
Photographing more phlowers. - a Thread Orchid Holothrix cernua,
a hairy caterpillar chowing away at a Phylica dodii bush,
Gerbera wrightii daisies growing in the rocky clefts
and some unusual Euphorbia silenifolia fruits.
Then an aeroplane flew past high above the fynbos, which reminded the humans that Harvey needed to get home to see his human who was flying in from the Frozen North at lunch time.
So we hurried home.(I was more interested in the "lunch" part of the discussion.)

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