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Since I was a small child, I have loved wild flowers. Childhood memories of walks along country lanes and woodland usually include picking, pressing and identifying spring flowers. I had an illustrated book of flowers which I loved looking at and was one of the best gifts I ever received.
Taking a road trip to see the spring flowers in South Africa was rooted in those early memories, I would not see primroses, snowdrops, celandines or buttercups but I would see flowers vibrant with colour and beauty.

This shot was taken in Nieuwoutville, a small village on the Bokkeveld Plateau, where the Cape Fynbos meets the Hantam Karoo, Boesmanland and the Knersvlakte. A biodiversity ‘hot-spot’ the area straddlies both the northernmost extent of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Succulent Karoo biomes. It has one of the highest concentrations of bulbs and cormous plants) in the world – of the 1 350 flower species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, more than 300 are geophytes found in the vicinity of Nieuwoudtville.

The winter rains had been good, without them the flowers amount to nothing. Fields were carpeted with colour and diversity. A walk through the village in the early morning illustrated a point about taking photographs of the spring landscapes. The flowers are late risers, only opening their faces to the sun at about eleven in the morning and closing them again around four. If the sun doesn’t shine or the temperature is below 17C they remain firmly closed. This is all to do with optimum conditions for pollination.

Here you can see the familiar orange Namaqualand daisies and you will notice that the flower heads are closed.

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