This week’s photo challenge,”Beneath Your Feet” coincides with a wonderland of early spring wildflowers in spectacular display in Namaqualand, an area 500 kms north of Cape Town. There is a rich heritage of some 3,800 plant species and an extravagance of colour. It’s a paradise for a photographer and Cheri’s suggestion of capturing the world beneath one’s feet fits the bill for me this week 🙂
Namaqualand daisies in bloom.
A magic carpet underfoot.
Succulents such as Cephalophyllum pillansii.
An active termite colony gathering twigs to take below.
Oxalis forms an attractive pattern.
Patterns form in the rocks.
Evidence of geophyte.
The stony gravels yield their treasure of underground geophytes.
Massonia depressa – Hyacinthaceae grows flat on the ground.
Corms, bulbs, tubers form a rich variety of geophytes.
A Tenebrionid or toktokkie beetle.
24 thoughts on “The wildflowers of Namaqualand”
Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing! 😊
Thanks Shannon. Beauty sure does burst forth in glorious colour 🙂
Gorgeous wildflower! That colourful carpet is incredible. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia – for sure, that carpet is glorious!
What stunning pics. I love the contrast of the warm orange & yellow flowers against the scratchy grey vegetation.
Thanks Jill, Scratchy grey is right! The area is arid shale, and the flowers have a short month’s bloom before receding into the summer’s heat.
nature has its way…
Indeed a magical equation…. thanks Moondust.
The orange carpet must be a spectacular sight, but I’d like to see the geophytes as well. Fantastic photos Liz.
Thanks Gilly. The daisies do rather flaunt their colours, while the geophytes tend to have exquisite, more muted designs – will be posting.
I love the vibrant carpet of daisies and unusual treasures “beneath our feet”. Beautiful shots.
Thanks Jane, we wavered along the path… dodging treading on the treasures. Such a paradise of discovery.
Such a lovely collection of nature captures. That orange carpet is truly amazing.
Thanks Bella, it’s true… that orange is vibrantly orange!
The daisies are breathtaking.
Hi Colline, ‘breathtaking’ it is. The sheer expanse in bloom is quite awesome.
I have always wanted to see this. I hope I get the chance one day.
Ah, so beautiful, I sadly never saw the spring flowers. I do remember the tok tokkie beetle 🙂
Too bad, Jude – come back for a visit! The tok tokkies are in fine form at this time of year… doing their tok-tokkie dance calling in the mates.
Unreal orange carpet. Great shot.
Yes… saturated orange (and no editing manipulation!) and fields flowering up mountains, through valleys, along dells, krantzes – is a cracking show this year. The rains have been adequate and the warmth of the winter sun just right.
Very well done. Lovely.
You definitely rose to the challenge! Very interesting and enlightening. Would love to hike in a rich carpet like that with my macro.