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Friday, 16 January 2015

Crawling among the Cosmos

Crawling among the cosmos next to the side of the road to try and get a good shot of these annual flowers was quite an experience. I almost fell in a rabbit hole, got black jacks all over my pants, walked straight through a huge Orb Web Spider’s web before I realised it and even disturbed a family of Partridges, who scared the daylights out of me as they all raucously took to the air!

Nature puts up this grand show every year in November and again in March, and tourists travel from the Cape Province to Mpumalanga to witness this spectacular event (South Africa).

This is what the road in front of our property looked like last week before the graders came and annihilated the lot!

Cosmos are originally native to scrub and meadow areas in Mexico (where the bulk of the species occur), and occur in the southern United States (Arizona, Florida), Central America, South America south to Paraguay and South Africa.


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