F is for Fynbos, Flowers and Fishermen

Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.

FynbosFynbos is the natural scrub or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate.

The name fynbos is Afrikaans for fine bush and refers to the fine, needle-like leaves of many fynbos species. The example in my photo was taken from Hout Bay and you can see the fymbos leading upwards  towards Table Mountain.

But enough of the foliage and on to flowers. I’m no expert, but I was able to recognise the more obvious blooms, like the protea, South Africa’s national flower that gave the national cricket team their nickname.

But my favourite is pictured right in the garden of Carmichael Guesthouse where we stayed.

Technically it’s a Strelitzia, named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte, wife of George II, but it is also known as the Bird-of-Paradise flower because it seems to imitate one!

FishermenFinally, another F are these fishermen relaxing on the shores of Plettenberg Bay taken on the return journey of our trip along the Garden Route.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and perfect for a catch of the day.

The fish you can expect to land here include blacktail, cape salmon, hake and kingclip.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

12 comments… Add yours
  • Jo Bryant 24th August 2011

    I love the Strelitzia. WOW. But this was a great begin to my day. 🙂

  • Denise 24th August 2011

    Wow! What a source of knowledge you are – keep it coming – and there was I sharing pictures of squalor! lol!
    Denise ABC Team

  • chrisj 24th August 2011

    I too used a bird of Paradise for flower. They are grown in great abundance in our area.

  • rog 24th August 2011

    a term I had never heard! fine flora!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Carver 24th August 2011

    Great words and photographs for F day.

  • Cheryl 24th August 2011

    Sweet captures. Hope you’re able to complete your personal challenge! Been there, done that.

  • Tumblewords 24th August 2011

    I’m so fond of the Bird of Paradise that I have planted a wooden one in a large indoor plant. 🙂 Terrific post!

  • Paula Scott: Molokai Girl Studio 24th August 2011

    What a wonderful cultural and botanical and geography lesson all rolled up in one! Thanks…

  • Life with Kaishon 24th August 2011

    You sure did put a lot of thought into this post. Love the f’s : )

  • Rajesh 24th August 2011

    Beautiful place. I had seen this flower earlier, but had no idea what is it.

  • liz 24th August 2011

    It definitely looks like a bird of paradise!

  • Jay from The Depp Effect 24th August 2011

    I only knew that flower as the Bird of Paradise flower, so it’s interesting to know it’s proper name! It must be amazing to be somewhere where they grow wild – it’s such an exotic bloom to us.


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