MOUNTAIN DRIVE

The road up Mountain Drive is narrow and rocky.

In places it is very rocky.

Yet, it so worth the trip for the magnificent views across town from the top!

There were butterflies aplenty skimming the top of the grass, chasing each other, or landing briefly on flowers, trees or even on the stones – where I photographed this orange beauty.

Other insects were burrowed into some of the flowers waving in the wind.

Several termite mounds show signs of repair – note the different coloured mud.

The Cussonia spicata (Cabbage) trees are in bloom, their greenish-yellow terminal double umbels of 8-12 spikes per unit dominant on the skyline.

Other interesting flowers are the bright red Burchellia bubaline (Wild pomegranate)

As well as the beautiful orange of Leonatis leonurus (Wild dagga / Lion’s tail)

 

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11 thoughts on “MOUNTAIN DRIVE

  1. An interesting and satisfying walk I’d say. Colourful. Nice clear photos! We have the Leonatus here too. You will find a few posts of it on my blog, under the flowers category or abstractions too. 🔆

    • I must remember to walk along there in the spring to photograph the beautiful wild flowers that poke through the grass. This is our very dry season now, so hardy plants such as the Leonatis leonurus are a pleasure to see – as are the aloes that bloom from now until the end of winter.

  2. Lovely autumn/winter plants, colours and views. Surprised to see the wind turbines on the ridge. Looks like Grahamstown? I studied there some (quite a few!) years back. A most intense experience in what was then a very intense place.

    • It is Grahamstown indeed and remains an intense though beautiful place to be. The wind turbines are a recent addition to the landscape – now, if only they could draw water …

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