One of the reasons we took our South African road trip when we did was to see the annual wild-flower displays. Something we had often talked about wanting to see.
A drive from Paternoster to Langebaan and the West Coast National Park rewarded us with huge drifts of spring wild flowers. Pictured here you can see Blue Flax and white Cape Daisies. In the back ground you can see the Langebaan Lagoon which was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during pre-historic times. This is unlike most lagoons which form where fresh water rivers enter the sea. As a result, Langebaan Lagoon is a purely salt water lagoon.
The title is a quote from Sir Francis Drake who in 1580 declared the Cape 'The fairest Cape in all the world"
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ciakgiak (30409) 2012-10-14 9:01
magnificent field of violet flowers, the effect is really superb!
Congratulations and TFS
yquem46 (38686) 2012-10-14 9:16
An amazing flower carpet !
Beautiful scenery quite luminous and clear
Bravo, have a nice sunday
jemaflor (83711) 2012-10-14 9:31
Very beautiful carpet with all these blue flowers in the fg, interesting result, great depth, tfs.
dta (65694) 2012-10-14 9:45
Hello Rosemary ,
A splendid flowery field , with a little view of the coastal landscape in the far .
A pleasure for the eyes .
siudzi (33071) 2012-10-14 10:02
Very beautiful and charming study of nature! This blue flower carpet looks truly amazing and eye-catching. Very well seen and executed image with great sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing!
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-14 10:40
Excellent composition. The photograph immediately brings smiles and happiness to the viewer. The bright blue flax (almost silky violet)and the white daisies are vibrant and sharp. Great saturation of colours that over-runs the foreground. beyond this field of wild flowers is a strip of greenery and then the waters ..
Lovely photograph to share. Thanks.
GREGG (7888) 2012-10-14 10:52
magnificent field of violet flowers, the effect is really superb! Great sharpness and exposure,
carlo62 (31414) 2012-10-14 10:55
bellissimo campo fiorito, il colore dei fiori termina dove inizia quello del mare, un bel colpo d'occhio.
JFS (32459) 2012-10-14 11:53
Nice composition of the flowers sea and the blue lagoon, very interesting your note too. Delicious sight!
jjcordier (75640) 2012-10-14 22:28
Superbe tapis de fleurs des champs sur lequel notre regard se pose en premier avent de se laisser guider vers le paysage maritime au loin.
bayno (18342) 2012-10-14 23:35
another beautiful field of flowers, like a heavenly place, fields of flowers and the beautiful vegetation that skirt the sea, the colors are gorgeous and the effect of your POV is really nice, perfect exposure with a great depth for clear details everywhere...
Nicou (120410) 2012-10-15 0:40
quel tapis de fleurs à l'infini sueprbe iamge et compo quelle couleur quel pastel de tons et de fleurs, et cette grandeur sueprbe iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Nard (6970) 2012-10-15 1:15
What a blue! The mixt of wild flowers, the large part left to the FG and the view to the coast gives a splendid "painting". The light is also very nice.
ifege (10225) 2012-10-15 1:52
A beautiful sand hill free photo -a great mass of wildflower colour.
mozzy27 (2) 2012-10-15 4:12
What an amazing sea of blue and white against an equally beautiful BG. Superb landscape, sharpness and depth. This world we live in is truly remarkable! TFS
timecapturer (48012) 2012-10-15 4:37
who could resist this one? Such a beautiful carpet of colour and captured so exquisitely. Your execution and presentation of this amazing view is just flawless. Love it!
Have a good week - Brian.
snunney (82547) 2012-10-15 4:38
Perfectly captured, this panorama of wild flowers stretching into the distance toward the sea. Good that you have got down to their level to composed the shot. Beautifully rendered colours and excellent detail. Mother Nature at her best.
Sergiom (58686) 2012-10-15 6:25
Quelle explosion de couleurs. Le bleu surtout est frappant avec de belle taches oranges au centre. L'image est très profonde jusqu'à la mer au loin.
rychem (22199) 2012-10-15 11:15
Fantastic carpet of flowers, rich colors with dominant blue and blue tones on the far water, splendid photo
marabu61 (8145) 2012-10-15 13:06
Whoa what a beautiful carpet of violet flowers. Superb low POV, it gives the picture a pleasant depth. Oh, how I love the cape myself, it is high time for a visit again.
have a great time
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-10-15 13:55
Beautiful, Rosemary - a sea of flowers leading into the ocean. The violets are gorgeous and unquestionably dominant, but the daisies add a nice touch of white, and even the dandelions get into the game a bit! Lovely scene.
dkmurphys (48446) 2012-10-15 14:06
Lovely colored field, a superb composition from that amazing part of Africa. Well catch, have a fine day.
annjackman (19231) 2012-10-15 23:44
The fairest Cape indeed! The expanse of blue flowers studded with white, yellow and orange are glorious. The scene is very inviting and I would love to walk through until I reached the beautiful sea beyond.
Very, very beautiful taken with all your usual care.
Kind Regards, Ann
delpeoples (53001) 2012-10-16 4:06
Hello dear Rosemary
Old Frankie Drake was right, this place is spectacular and the carpet of flowers rivals that of Silvio's famous Castelluccio. I love the low POV, the superb depth of field and those wonderful, vibrant, endless flowers. I can see why you chose this season, it's simply glorious. Congatulations on a real humdinger.
skerdreux (3184) 2012-10-16 4:25
I love this kind of picture : flowers everywhere, wonderfull sky and nice point of view.
Here in Paris it's the opposite : no flowers, showers and building everywhere !
So your picture is like a wonderfull windows to a magical place in my boring day !
Have a nice day
mirosu (13340) 2012-10-16 5:41
Marvelous colorful photo. This is an excellently composed image with lovely flowers. The field with blue & white flowers and the sea in the BG create perfect depth of the image. Very good sharpness and color contrast (especially blue against white). Well done.
notrap (5853) 2012-10-16 10:37
Want to sit there among the flowers, just watching them bloom.
cebe (1481) 2012-10-17 17:09
An impressive and beautiful carpet of flowers with the sea as background. Almost too blue to be true, but the rest of the photo tells us that it doesn't result from over enthusiastic saturation! A very beautiful sight very well photographed, somehow giving the feeling to be there standing in that field.
wolf38 (31270) 2012-10-17 22:12
Hello Rosemary. The colors of this landscape are fantastic. It is a pleasure to look at this photo. Well done, absolutely worth seeing.
Thanoslim (310) 2012-10-18 3:06
Beautiful photo and colors of a beautiful country. On my trip there I was speechless by the beauty of the landscape.
daddo (23821) 2012-10-18 4:06
Hi Rosemary. Absolutely stunning display of vivid colour. Glorious.Thank God it's removed from the greedy hands of the developers and safe from being covered by concrete. Lovely POV with the distant lagoon and its attractive azure colour. Regards. Klaudio.
COSTANTINO (54463) 2012-10-18 7:43
than ks for sharing with us this amazing
miracle of the flowers,is this the
Paradise?excellent pov of this
abmdsudi (42618) 2012-10-19 10:40
A sea of flowers and what color combination there, this is stunning image from every angle and perspective. Such a great find while providing us with equally wonderful background. Beautiful scene so well captured. Congrats.
Tigerlily (3075) 2012-10-20 14:51
Very beautiful indeed..I really love the blue. Nice composition. Have a nice weekend.Enjoy the sunshine and blues..:-)
Angshu (55401) 2012-10-22 5:33
I like this view with the low POV with the fine wild flowers in form of Blue Flax & white Cape Daisies creating a wonderful natural carpet. The wide leans creates a nice sesne of perspective as well. The lagoon would have gone unnoticed unless you mentioned in your note! A fine picture of raw wild beauty!
aliabazari (14787) 2012-11-02 9:18
Hello dear friend
A beautiful view records. Excellent exposure and composition. Clearly seen.
Thanks for your beautiful message.
Miguel82 (22861) 2013-08-10 11:59
A profusion of color Rosemary, I like that indigo blue
Splendid sample of fynbos vegetation
Clear shot with nice colors
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30911)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-30
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Spring in South Africa [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-14 8:32