ON THE WAY TO KENTON-ON-SEA

ON THE WAY TO KENTON-ON-SEA

Work nudged me towards Kenton-on-Sea this morning. One approaches this seaside village through a farming area, which includes some private game reserves. It gave me a lift along the way to see a zebra and some impala grazing near the road. There is an obvious infestation of prickly pears, clearly evident in the image below, that do not belong in a pristine natural environment. One has to bear in mind though that most of these private reserves were originally farmland.

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Prickly pears originated in Mexico and were introduced to South Africa a couple of centuries ago. These plants are viewed as a scourge by some farmers because of their invasive qualities, yet others regard it as a good source of fodder for their animals in the more arid parts of the country. The fruit of the prickly pear is regarded as a delicacy by many and I passed some people picking bucket loads this morning.

As Kenton-on-Sea came into view I was struck by the cattle grazing on the grassy verge – shades of what often happens these days where I live!

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At this time of the year the Erythrina trees are coming into bloom and today I was fortunate enough to see both the Erythrina caffra and the Erythrina lysistemon.

Erythrina caffra

Erythrina lysistemon

A black-headed heron and a black wildebeest added to the joy of spending the best part of the day away from home.

blackheaded heron

black wildebeest

PATTERNS IN NATURE: KARIEGA BEACH

PATTERNS IN NATURE: KARIEGA BEACH

The day was perfect: clear, bright, warm and almost windless. Kenton-on-Sea looked charming and Kariega Beach inviting.

I spent the morning walking along the flat stretch of firm wet sand that reflected the blueness of the sky so well that it seemed as if the sky, sea and sand were one. The tide was out and the shallow rock pools easy to explore.

These are a sample of the many patterns on the beach:

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