Aloe Greenii ….

…. originates from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa but, unfortunately, due to mismanagement and poaching not a single genuine specie is left on and around the mountain; only hybrids. Even the one(s) at Kirstenbosch are, according to (DNA) research not the real ones. Ours (acquired at a nursery somewhere several years ago) is!!! Every now and than we take ‘spin off’ of the motherland and give them away to people in Cape town and surrounds we know…


Earth Hour 2013 (revisited)

This morning I was looking back at the multitude of events organised in our little village during 2013; from horse- to dog shows, life performances of artists from around the globe, cricket day and Flocktober Festival, etc. Sometimes such an event attracts only locals and sometimes from all over.

My dearest event of 2013 is Earth Hour. It attracted only a few hundred people but there is more to it.

Stanford was the first place in South Africa to organise Earth Hour and since the PR-budget of a small village is nothing in comparison with the millions and millions Cape Town is spending to promote itself …. etc. etc. So World’s Top CopyCat City also had to organise this event (always wondering if there are people in Cape Town with original ideas) but that’s targeted on mass tourism; the main event being switching the lights of the Table Mountain off …. (for 1 hour ……)

Here in Stanford Earth Hour has still the intimacy of people who really care about sustainability and that makes all the difference. In the reprocessed picture you will see local ‘fire worker’ Anya and in the background local musician Danny in the Loop (Danny ‘runs’ on solar power!).


Cape Town yesterday morning

The first picture is shot from the back entrance of the Mount Nelson Hotel at around 5:30 AM. Than I turned myself around for the second picture and pictured Signal Hill (next to Table Mountain).


Heads of Medusae

The Euphorbia caput medusae originates from the fynbos area in the Western Cape, South Africa and is, according to scientists, most probably endemic to Table Mountain. The sap of this succulent plant is highly poisonous. The plant is also known as Heads of Medusae. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the flower heads.


The story of Dassie and the elephant

One day, a long, long time ago (long before the first European settlers set foot on Table Mountain),  Dassie and the elephant were crossing a wooden bridge somewhere in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Says Dassie to the elephant: “Together we make a lot of noise … don’t we cousin?”


The fabulous one …

Good Morning! I am the fabulous Euphorbia Caput Meduseae and now is the time to flower. BTW I originate from Table Mountain and surrounds.