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In the Hantam area of Nieuwoudtville you can expect carpeting of wild flowers during August and September after a good rainfall (in their terms) in July. This little patch was in a dry sandy patch, where rain water flow once a year, maximum. The plant hugs the sand, which is kept intact against wind and water, forming a small hill in the end.


I will be away next week and a half. Have two weekends to remember.



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Mother Nature is amazing, isn't it Louis?
Enjoy your break!
Louis: Thank you Richard. She is an amazing girl, that Mother Nature.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Oct 2014, 07:28
Yes, the desert lives and is blooming -I like very much your fine explanation!
Louis: Dankjewel, Philine. De bloemenzeisoen in Namakwaland is bijzonders. Natuur zijn eigen tuin.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Oct 2014, 07:35
This really is something coming from nothing isn't it Louis. Have a great time away!
Louis: Thank you Chris. The area of Namaqualand - during season there are flowers like you describe - something from nothing.
A wonderful affirmation of life Louis. Have a good trip
Louis: Thanks Bill. I have often wondered what drives people to carve a living in the extremes. Not mining in Northern Canada, because all the mod cons are provided. But having your own farm or small business in such an area. Why do people live under Vesuvius or on the Great Fault. Strange business.
I had learned that these were wild flowers. We have to buy plants or seeds to get these.
Louis: Yes, they are wild and many types have been domesticated over the years Like it is explained in this article about freesias for instance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freesia In the area that I featured they still grow wild along with other flower types, right at the end of our winter. People from all over visit to see the carpets of flowers. In August you will see the seed types and in September the bulb types. Google "namaqualand flowers pictures" and you will get an idea. And there are thousands of flower types and variants, with only a few that are domesticated. Entomologists still discover new species of bugs in this area. Some bugs only live as long as a specific plant type bears flowers. To me this is a magic place.
It's like having mums in the desert at this time of the year, Louis. So perfect for the season!
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. Some of the wild flowers look a lot like mums.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 17 Oct 2014, 15:59
That is a very sophisticated plant to be able to hang on to its moisture Louis.
Louis: This one is a type of succulent, gutteridge. It is like a building with gutteridge that directs the available water to the inside of the house smile
They certainly cheer the place up. Have a lovely break Louis
Louis: They do and thank you cornishmaid
A very good colors flowers!
Louis: Thank you roland - maybe they look good in b&w smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Oct 2014, 18:36
So much from so little, Louis
Louis: Google "namaqualand flowers pictures" and you will get a better idea of how much can come from a little.
  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 17 Oct 2014, 19:57
i love it Louis... nature has no boundaries... this proves it....petersmile
Louis: Thanks peter and you are right - no natural boundaries
These are beautiful, Louis... I LOVE desert wildflowers - amazing things!
Enjoy your time away...!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - I will work on it smile
Glorious colour contrast of the orange and green! Must be astonishing if there are more of these plants in the area.
Louis: Thank you Tom. In the months of August and September the general area pops with flowers. Take a look https://www.google.co.za/search?q=namaqualand+flowers&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=909&tbm=isch&imgil=czmQINY6R1BzcM%253A%253BqiykyCkb557BYM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.sa-venues.com%25252Fattractionsnc%25252Fnamaqualand-flower-route.htm&source=iu&pf=m&fir=czmQINY6R1BzcM%253A%252CqiykyCkb557BYM%252C_&usg=__ya9_Qz7GDJhX2WIcPrQS_dwB3_0%3D&ved=0CCUQyjc&ei=a8FQVOOpK4yN7AblxIHADA#imgdii=_
  • Ray
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • 22 Oct 2014, 05:51
Pigface...lovely stuff.
Louis: Myanmar? Yup, that is right - let them finish building in the mean time.
what a stunning contrast. and they set the scene on fire, dont they Louis?
Louis: They do, Ayush. Here is a search link that will give you a general idea of the spectacle during August and September in the general area.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands..................
  • 24 Oct 2014, 04:53
The desert has so many beautiful flowers and they bloom no matter what.
Enjoy your time away, we are back again smile
Louis: And now I am back too. I trust you have enjoyed the US and everything there smile I have also gathered some good pics.
At first I thought these were flowers upon a grave. Then I realized it was a carpet of colour in the sand.
Louis: It does look like that, Jacquelyn Ann. Especially in absence of size indicators. The sand-hill is about one-and-a-half foot long in reality.
Enjoy your trip... the photo is a great contrast between life and non-life...
Louis: Thanks Larry. The trip was enjoyable.

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