|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.|
I took this photo of yachts at Knysna Quays Waterfront during a stop off on our Garden Route trip along the south coast of Africa.
The town was once quite isolated but is now a popular tourist and retirement resort because of its clement climate.
Knysna Yacht Club was founded in 1910 and sailors passing through the Heads have a safe navigable lagoon in which to moor their yachts while visiting Knysna and the surrounding region.
My second Y is the Yellowwood, the national tree of South Africa. The photo on the right isn’t one of mine, but copyright © 123RF Stock Photos, although it was taken in Knysna Forest.
Podocarpus latifolius, to give the yellowwood its Sunday name, is an evergreen and grows up to 100 feet high.
They grew abundantly in South Africa but were so valued for their timber that they almost became extinct, and they are now protected.
There are male and female trees, the male producing cones that resemble catkins for wind pollination, while the female develops seeds on thickened, fleshy, stalks.
We found ourselves up close and personal with the yellowwood during our stay in South Africa, but more about that next week.