The visit to Flaggy Creek and St Lawrence triggered again my wonder at the ways in which plants maximise their resources in order to survive. At the Tropical Fruit Garden – which had obviously once been lush and verdant – the plants were dying for lack of water and general care. Fruit trees that boasted fruit between September and November had not a sign of a fruit, others with other qualities were barely living… but the orchids were gorgeous.
sorry this next picture is not that clear but still provides evidence for my claim.
I didn’t photograph the sad ones.
At St Lawrence where the vista is mainly of stony dusty ground with a tantalising vision of the wetland across flat dry grass…
notice the white blossoms in the she oaks which are clever trees with thin needles that minimise transpiration and are able to store enough to keep them alive through what is obviously turning into a very dry season. Then there were the succulents on the walk back from the wetland, I have always wondered at their resilience from those on the dunes in Oman to those in the dunes at Amatigulu in Kwa Zulu Natal, such a wondrously engineered species (?) and so able to provide touches of green and grey…
Look at this flower in more detail, just like a passionfruit flower but not of course – where did it drink from?
the last of this water grass – looks like a large version of the uintjies we used to pull out of our garden in Linden under my dad’s instruction
Such survivors and such reminders of the importance of using our resources well and believing that all will be well. The rain will come, we will sell our houses and God will bless our endeavours to survive.