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Cape Wild Flowers in Summer

These photographs were all taken in the vicinity of Caledon and Kogelberg, South Western Cape, South Africa. All of the subjects are in natural surroundings, and there are no engineered or cultivated subjects, with the obvious exception of scenics. I seldom use flash, and unless the lighting is very difficult or long exposures are the aim, I shoot handheld. Spring is the time of year when most plants flower here, but even in high summer, the driest and windiest time of year, there are many flowers to be seen. The wind makes it very difficult to photograph them, however, and the success rate is not particularly high. The problem is not so much motion blur as it is difficulty in hitting accurate focus in the macro range when things are moving backwards and forwards. Therefore, boosting the shutter speed offers very little help unless the subject is rigid or the wind is still. The scenics are intended to break the monotony, and show the general appearance of the environment. In a sense, Fynbos is as beautiful a subject as a whole as are its constituent parts. The colour ranges in foliage and flowers in amongst the restios are incredible.

To identify all the plants accurately takes patience and detective work. There remains a margin of uncertainty, especially with the less well known herbs and the numerous geophytes that form part of complexes. If you feel you can help, I'd be grateful.

Note that all rights are asserted. Please do not consider commercial use or reproduction of these images without asking permission first.
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Tritonia antholyza, Iridaceae
Tritonia antholyza, Iridaceae
Pelargonium sp., Geraniaceae
Pelargonium sp., Geraniaceae
Pelargonium incarnatum, Geraniaceae
Pelargonium incarnatum, Geraniaceae
Roella sp., Campanulaceae
Roella sp., Campanulaceae
Corymbium glabrum, Asteraceae
Corymbium glabrum, Asteraceae
Acrolophia capensis, Orchidaceae
Acrolophia capensis, Orchidaceae
Thereianthus bracteolatus, Iridaceae
Thereianthus bracteolatus, Iridaceae
Erica cerinthoides, Ericaceae
Erica cerinthoides, Ericaceae
Watsonia schlechterii, Iridaceae
Watsonia schlechterii, Iridaceae
Cyrtanthus carneus, Amaryllidaceae
Cyrtanthus carneus, Amaryllidaceae
Cyrtanthus carneus, Amaryllidaceae
Cyrtanthus carneus, Amaryllidaceae
Pelargonium sp., Geraniaceae
Pelargonium sp., Geraniaceae
Tritoniopsis antholyza, Iridaceae
Tritoniopsis antholyza, Iridaceae
Bobartia sp., Iridaceae
Bobartia sp., Iridaceae
Bobartia sp., Iridaceae
Bobartia sp., Iridaceae
Thereianthus bracteolatus, Iridaceae
Thereianthus bracteolatus, Iridaceae
Disa foliosa, Orchidaceae
Disa foliosa, Orchidaceae
Disa cornuta, Orchidaceae
Disa cornuta, Orchidaceae
Disa cornuta, Orchidaceae
Disa cornuta, Orchidaceae
Lobelia jasionoides, Campanulaceae
Lobelia jasionoides, Campanulaceae
Lobelia jasionoides, Campanulaceae
Lobelia jasionoides, Campanulaceae
Metalasia erubescens, Asteraceae
Metalasia erubescens, Asteraceae
Aristea juncifolia, Iridaceae
Aristea juncifolia, Iridaceae
Drosera sp., Droseraceae
Drosera sp., Droseraceae
Lanaria lanata, Lanariaceae
Lanaria lanata, Lanariaceae
Aristea juncifolia, Iridaceae
Aristea juncifolia, Iridaceae
Pseudoselago serrata, Scrophulariaceae
Pseudoselago serrata, Scrophulariaceae
Tritoniopsis parviflora, Iridaceae
Tritoniopsis parviflora, Iridaceae
Cyanella hyacinthoides, Tecophilaceae
Cyanella hyacinthoides, Tecophilaceae
Ixia scillaris, Iridaceae
Ixia scillaris, Iridaceae
Disa venusta, Orchidaceae
Disa venusta, Orchidaceae
Disa venusta, Orchidaceae
Disa venusta, Orchidaceae
Erica longifolia, Ericaceae
Erica longifolia, Ericaceae
Struthiola tomentosa, Thymelaeaceae
Struthiola tomentosa, Thymelaeaceae
Wind shelter
Wind shelter
Erica irbyana, Ericaceae
Erica irbyana, Ericaceae
Unidentified, Aizoaceae
Unidentified, Aizoaceae
Satyrium hallackii, Orchidaceae
Satyrium hallackii, Orchidaceae
Satyrium hallackii, Orchidaceae
Satyrium hallackii, Orchidaceae
Betty's Bay, extreme southern Cape
Betty's Bay, extreme southern Cape
Pelargonium capitatum, Geraniaceae
Pelargonium capitatum, Geraniaceae
Eulophia sp., Orchidaceae
Eulophia sp., Orchidaceae
Aristea bakeri, Iridaceae
Aristea bakeri, Iridaceae
Tritoniopsis sp., Iridaceae
Tritoniopsis sp., Iridaceae
Thereianthus spicatus, Iridaceae
Thereianthus spicatus, Iridaceae
Wachendorfia paniculata, Haemodoraceae
Wachendorfia paniculata, Haemodoraceae
Franschhoek Valley
Franschhoek Valley
Bobartia indica, Iridaceae
Bobartia indica, Iridaceae
Bobartia indica, Iridaceae
Bobartia indica, Iridaceae
Fynbos near Franschhoek
Fynbos near Franschhoek
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