From the tiniest little pinprick of a flower...
To the big, bright and showy:
The West Coast is abloom.
Just in case you thought a brown flower can't be pretty:
And of course, there's always something more weird, more wonderful.
That's Hydnora Africana - a parasitic plant the size of a chicken egg. It has three very suggestive openings and will eventually open up completely, like a starfish. For pollination, it lures dung beetles, so you can imagine the smell...
A starfish of a different sort, Ferraria Crispa - a member of the iris family. I couldn't stop sniffing this beauty - burnt sugar, amber, vanilla. Wonderful.
We stayed in one of the oldest cottages in Churchaven. The walls are all skew, the doorways low. Hot running water and a tiny bathtub - almost unheard of in these parts. I was utterly charmed.
If you look closely, you'll spot our very vocal guest.
She came every day, along with three fussy guinea fowl and all the others. The birds are very busy - it's nesting time. Soft grasses, feathers and twigs are airborne.
At night we fell asleep to the hooting of the owls and the shirrr of something else, over and over again.