15 November 2017

My trip to Cape Town, South Africa: a lovely stroll at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Bringing Condolences
"The loss of your child brings much sadness."
by Norbert Shamyarira (born 1962, Zimbabwe)

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sculpture Garden at Kirstenbosch. This particular statue gripped me, as I paused, transfixed by it. Doing a bit of research, I discovered the sculptor has had a very difficult life and understands the blessing of someone offering condolences.

The Prayer
"Ishe wangu ndino kutendai ne mhuri yamakandipa."
Translation: My Lord, I thank you for the family you gave me.
by Gideon Nyanhongo (born 1967, Zimbabwe)

African Linden (Sparrmannia africana)
The species is known for their haptonasty, rapid movements made by the stamens when they are touched.
This adaptation helps in more effective pollination.

Gordon's Bay Pincushion
The Gordon's Bay pincushion is quite unusual for a pincushion with flowers that are a creamy white,
when they are normally a striking orange or yellow, and fragrant where they normally are not.

Pincushion Protea

The 90-acre Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. The garden was established in 1913 to promote, conserve, and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora. 

I spent a solid three hours strolling around this beautiful spot (plus an hour for lunch at Moyo Restaurant). If you happen to find yourself here some fine day, be sure to have a cup of Famous Hot Chocolate at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room! 

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir (1838-1914)
Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher,
and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States

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