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West Coast spring flowers

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
Mid-August we took our electric car across country, planning to recharge the battery overnight where we stayed.

We startled the guards at the West Coast National Park gate as they waited in the office for incoming cars. 'Didn't hear you coming!'

Electric car is ideal for birdwatching, as we coast to a gentle halt. Ostrich parents observing us as they stride along, their babies scurrying along in knots and count-them-all-in stragglers. Black koorhaan is noisy in between eating - precisely barred black and white feathers on his back. Silent and without fumes we automagically glide away.

First was a chilly walk on an overcast day. Orange Gazania. Wild rosemary Eriocephalus africanus white with a cherry heart. Purple Senecio. Pink fragrant buchu Agathosma thymifolia.
Drumsticks, notched petals Zalusianskya villosa. African spoonbills tucked up for a nap, until the spoon peeked out for his photo. Spoon to cat…

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