Capetonians were out in force today to cheer the 35,000 participants of the 39th Cape Town cycle tour. The front runners rounding the bend on Fisherman’s Beach were in fine form, the leader (No 22) set a cracking pace. It was a sight to see the main pelotons bunched tightly togther. But it wasn’t only about the competitive cyclists, many participants – in all shapes and sizes came through in high spirits regardless of setting pace.
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.
Water flowing downstream on the Stettynskloof River
Slow shutter speed with camera motion slows the water tumbling over the rocks.
Riffles and ripples.
The downward thrust of water released from the Stettynskloof dam.
Water: a precious resource. It remains a critical issue in having sufficient water to supply the Cape metropolitan area. The dam levels are lower this year in comparison to last’s. We hope the winter rains will be plentiful.
“Motion” is the subject for this week’s photo challenge. To see what other photographers are posting, click here for the link.