Saturday morning dawned bright and clear! We started off with breakfast at a hotel in town. Catherine and Hilton want to buy a camera like mine, so she practiced with my [older] Canon Powershot.
Catherine took the photo of me, Grant and Hilton as a trial run to a day of photography
I took this photo of Clanwilliam dam lined with holiday homes as we drove past
Hilton took us to Niewoudtville to see a collection of motorbikes and cars in an old garage. When we got there, the owner had gone away for the weekend.
While the men peered through the windows at the display, I snapped the interesting front of the garage
Then it was onto a dirt road into the Flowers proper! Although I took this photo from a fast-moving car you can already see the flowers in the fields along the road
The first of the magnificent flowers also taken from a moving vehicle. In the corner you can see Catherine taking photos
When I downloaded the photos, I was amazed to see how beautifully the photos on my [older] camera came out. Catherine, too, excelled herself as photographer seeing as this was the first time she'd ever used my camera. The next few photos are all by Catherine and perhaps there'll be some afterwards which I missed. However, between us, we took so many photos that I eventually lost track of the rightful owner!
More photos by Catherine of more magnificent flowers
Isn't this a beautiful display?
Catherine's first close-up
And her piece de resistance!
My first stationary view of the flowers
A capture of field sparklers: purple Mesembryanthemum commonly known in South Africa as vygies
A carpet of beautiful colours, textures, shapes and fragrances
Catherine sizing up her next image!
I wore a purple sweater and jeans that day and Catherine's top was yellow. The men, waiting patiently in the vehicle, said when I lay down to get the angle right and Catherine crouched over a single bloom for a closer image, we were invisible!
No lack of floral variety!
Note the dry, rocky ground which is home to these beauties
Vygies again, this time close-up
The wildflower phenomenon occurs annually in the Namaqualand and lasts from July to September. This dry, sandy part of Southern Africa bursts into flower and riots of blooms of every shade and hue fills the landscape with rich splendour. At the end of this short season, the show is over, the seeds go underground and wait until next year's spring rains awaken them again.
Note: This was just the first part of our first stop at the flowers. To be continued.
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.