A roadside meadow of wild flowers

Last Sunday, hubby and I went for a walk around the neighbourhood, when we suddenly came to a vast field of wild flowers opposite our train station.

A meadow of flowers

A meadow of flowers

A carpet of predominantly white daisies lay spread out in the gentle afternoon light, with the heart centre of each blossom turned towards the sun.

A plethora of flowers

A plethora of flowers

While I was lying flat on my stomach among the flowers, trying to get a clever low-angle shot and getting just a little dirty in the process, our local DA ward councillor Brian Watkyns pulled up in his car and started to take a couple of pictures of the stunning display of flowers too. It’s really nice to think of one’s politicians as being appreciative of nature. πŸ™‚

Pink, white and yellow blooms

Pink, white and yellow blooms

The next day, much to my dismay, almost all the flowers appeared to have vanished! When we got closer, we realised that they must have been closed because there was not enough sunlight. Phew, what a relief!

This afternoon, when the sun came out, mom-in-law (visiting from Namibia) and I went for a stroll to see whether the flowers might be a-blooming again.

And indeed, they were!

The flowers have returned!

The flowers have returned!

Look!

Dotted about here and there among the white daisies were small yellow flowers:

Yellow flowers among the white ones

Yellow flowers among the white ones

And some delicate pink, salmon and mauve ones huddling close to the ground:

A cluster of pink and salmon blooms

A cluster of pink and salmon blooms

A close-up of one of the pink ones:

A pink flower

A pink flower

And of one of the salmon-coloured ones:

A salmon-coloured flower

A salmon-coloured flower

And pretty little white flowers that seemed to have pink stripes on the inside of the petals:

A white flower with pink stripes

A white flower with pink stripes

And this lovely flower that seemed to have a pink-purple and a dark-blue blossom growing on the same plant:

A lovely flower

A lovely flower

There was even a little bee, busily buzzing about and collecting pollen for our delicious honey!

A little bee collecting pollen

A little bee collecting pollen

And a pair of hadeda ibises, also enjoying the sunshine, was diligently digging up one earthworm after another.

A hadeda ibis among the flowers

A hadeda ibis among the flowers

What cheerful little flowers they were, all basking jubilantly in the sunlight.

Pure magic!

9 thoughts on “A roadside meadow of wild flowers

  1. Reggie, the roadsides do look extra-ordinary this time of year. Like we’re really living in the Garden of Eden. I love your flower shots, all of them, and that ibis in the last one looks lovely as well.

    • Hi Kathy – well, in our hemisphere it’s still winter, so I’m even more amazed to see all those flowers. – And yes, I too loved the sunlight on the plumage of that ibis, it makes it look almost iridescent, like the mother-of-pearl shine you get in some seashells.

    • We get different types of flowers throughout the year, because we don’t just have local plants but many imported, exotic or alien ones, so it’s difficult to say when they’re more plentiful. In the Namaqualand and the Northern Cape, it is primarily in late winter and early spring, that we get astonishing displays of wild flowers.

  2. We are getting ready for fall. Seems like it is coming early. Leave are already turning yellow on some of the trees and falling. Then again, this is Germany.

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