Spring has Sprung

Spring has Sprung
October 10, 2018 Ashley Brownlee
In Fauna and Flora

The veld around Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages is awash with Spring flowers at the moment. From the subtle to the psychedelic, it’s really difficult to capture on camera, but here’s a glimpse of what we are so very privileged to be witnessing.

It’s always a touch and go situation when it comes to the flowers in September and October, as the cacophony of colour is so very dependant on rainfall. We’ve had scarce amounts over the past few years, but it’s a miracle of nature that with even the smallest amount of moisture we are rewarded with such a display.

The first to arrive are the yellow vygie flowers, followed shortly thereafter by the purple variety, but all around us are bursts of growth. The acacia karoo start to push forth summer leaves, having been dry and brittle during winter, and the yellow flowers of the senokot bushes burst upon us.

It’s a fragile time of the year, as the onslaught of summer heat is announced through this new growth. Days are longer, and certainly warmer. We can but hope for some final shudders of rain to build on the horizon, and bring the desert some well deserved relief. We are considered a year round rainfall area, so it’s not impossible that we’ll be getting some wonderful summer thunderstorms.

Life is burgeoning  everywhere you look. Swallows are returning, with associated frantic mud nest building, and tortoise are venturing out to luncheon on the fresh green vygies.

It’s an excellent time of the year to visit the Klein Karoo, so as to witness this most spectacular tenacity that Mother Nature has.


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