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an October morning   

in Silvermine Nature Reserve

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After the enormous mountain fires, which swept through the whole of the Table Mountain range in January 2000, we looked forward to Spring in September/October with great anticipation: We all expected to see a wealth of orchids brought into flower due to the fire.


View from top of Silvermine

Our expectations were certainly met. On the 29th October 9:30AM, on a sunny Sunday morning, frisky COS members met at the parking area on top of Silvermine Nature Reserve. The whole area was a mass of many different flowers, including a vast variety of stunning orchids.
What is the secret which these fynbos fires have which "forces" certain flowers into bloom? 

The breeze was good as usual and an hour later the mist came rolling in. This mist, which often rolls in over the area, is rather chilly for humans (see First Aid), but the orchids, which grow here, as well as the other plants on the mountain, enjoy it because this mist supplies them with extra moisture besides the moisture they already receive from the seepage area in which they grow.


Pictures by courtesy of COS members Tricia Owen & Wally Shave

 

Disa_racemosa    Disa racemosa

 

Disa_racemosa  Disa racemosa

 

Ceratandra_atrata     Ceratandra atrata

 

Disa_bivalvata 

Disa bivalvata

Disa_bivalvata

Disa bivalvata

 

Corycium_carnosum 

Corycium carnosum

 

Corycium_carnosum  Corycium carnosum

 

Pterygodium_catholicum    Pterygodium catholicum

 

Pterygodium_acutifolium   

Pterygodium acutifolium

 

Satyrium_ligulatum 

Satyrium ligulatum
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Simple First Aid Kit
for orchid watching in the Cape Mountains:

1) Windbreaker or warm jacket (even if the weatherman says: "Sunny") - the weather on the Table Mountain Range changes suddenly.

2) A hat

3) Camera (best with zoom)

4) Magnifying glass, note book & pen

5) Watertight footwear (or a dry pair in your car). Some Disas grow in seepage areas

6) Wet and dry refreshment

7) A towel (to use when you return to your car if the mist got you)

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