Ever seen this before?
Much older than humans and more beautiful than most things, this majestic mix of quartzitic sandstone, granite and shale patiently serves as both the centrepiece and the backdrop of Cape Town… It’s unique mystery is not limited to its stunning appearance, the estimated 2,200 endemic species of mountain fynbos (flora) are not found anywhere else in the Universe. In 1503 when Antonio de Saldanha scaled Platteklip Gorge for the first recorded climb to the top, he did not have a map or a path, just a determined will to get to the top.
Recently I had occasion to do the same, in exquisite company. We set out before dawn, grateful for the moonlight and savouring the eastern glow as it advanced with every uphill step.
Moonstruck – I always enjoy seeing my shadow at night…
That magic start of every day…
We made the most of our fresh legs and the even fresher air to climb the jeep track from Constantia Nek before the sun popped up. Several times I was blown away by the grand scale of the view that unfolded below and above us.
Looking South, South East
The views and the sweetness of the mountain air kept getting better…
Early morning walkabout
The Table Top viewed from the Southern approach
Views from the top – when will you see them for yourself?
When I wrote my first blogpost (appreciation and sharing) I wrote the following:
“Conservation and appreciation of Nature is the primary focus of my blog – sustainable use of the outdoors with a view to unearth and hopefully master long forgotten traditions, celebrating experiences and, through teaching others, paving the way for new pathways into the future.”
It seems fitting to post something that brings all these elements to the fore amongst the hustle and bustle of London’s Sloane Square. I salute people who think in terms of flower superhighways and who take the trouble to hand out seeds that will help build them…
respect to J. Crew for taking the initiative and building walls of flowering plants on their Sloane Square outlet… If you are in London, go and get some of their seeds and plant them this summer… Photo – worklondonstyle http://worklondonstyle.com
I thank my Darling Wife for her infinite patience and support of metiefly over the last 15 months. As we sip our Twinings English Breakfast, I wish to share a strong message on behalf of fauna and flora all over the world… Thank you J.Crew for this fabulous project!
a picture tells a thousand words… what can you do to make your own little corner of the universe a better place for all living things?
Lastly, on my 100th blogpost, I wish thank you, my plethora of very special readers for joining me in my little adventure… I look forward to your next visit.
27 July update… Fantastic to see the flowers opening, just in time to help the bees through the late stages of summer and into autumn. Please share your results if you also grew some this year!
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