What do you think?????

Good afternoon, everyone,

Just popping in to say a quick hello before I continue editing, identifying and working on my series of books on flowers.

I have this idea for a series of books and I need some help. As you all know by now my favorite type of photography is landscape and flower photography.

Since Dad is not here to give me advice I am turning to my online family and friends. Please know that you have played a huge role in my life over the past few years and I love hearing from you. Although I don’t always reply to your comments, I do read them and appreciate each and every one of them. I am also very grateful for every post that you share with your friends. Okay before I forget what I came here to ask you let me get to it. I need your input on how to go forward and in categorizing my photos for my series of books.

Currently I am putting them in Files on an external Hard drive just for my book research. Let me explain.

I have a Main File, for example the Forest Iris, inside this file I put all the different files I have on Forest Iris with the date taken and the location. This means I have a file on the flower taken on different dates and locations in their separate files. If I do decide to go location by location, I would have to change my filing system a bit. To ensure I have all the information together in one file.

What do you think???

Do I publish a series of books covering different Locations like Durbanville Nature Reserve in one book, West Coast National Park in another and so on? Or do I just publish one book on each of the provinces like the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Namaqualand and so on?

I would really appreciate your input on this matter.

Just a drop in an ocean of photos of flowers I have on my hard drives and computer.

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my Post.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and I do try to answer them all.


Have a Blessed day
Coreen

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What’s In My Garden? #89

Shadow Part 7 (2020/08/21)

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me in exploring our garden.

Till next time, please stay safe and healthy. Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 8 of 10

On our walk back Lian just wanted to climb the rockformations. It was very hot and he did not have sufficient water with him. Also it is not safe to do it alone.

I continued taking photos of the beautiful landscapes, rockformations and flowers on the farm.

Lian did get to climb a rock and when he got back he told us that it was very hot near the rocks.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Hope you are enjoying the walk on Berghoff Fynbos Farm with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Trying my hand at Macro photography

Good day to everyone reading this post.

First let me thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post and look at my work. Please feel free to leave positive criticism.

Well as I posted earlier in the month I am trying out my Massa 72mm Close up filters.

This time I used a combination of +2 and +3 filters. Still trying to get the hang of it.

We went away for the weekend to Elgin Hills and I took my filters with. When we got there I realised I forgot my tripod at home. But that did not stop me. Practice make perfect they say so I focused on my breathing and handheld technique. It was not easy out of the 50+ photo’s I took only a handful came out usable….

Trying out something old but new…

Good day everyone,

First of all Happy New year to everyone reading this post. I know it is 1 February already but rather late okay very late than never.

2019 is going to be very busy and full of new adventures for me. I really hope to post more this year.

I started the New year of with a bang. I started exercising again. Walking 10 kilometers every morning. Then just as I started to get into jogging I tore a ligament in my ancle. I have been so frustrated after this. One can’t believe what good therapy walking/jogging really is. I want to do a 20km walk in April 2019 with my boyfriend and next year I want to run my first half marathon, but by the looks of it I won’t be ready for April. I am not quitting. I have tested the waters at home and as soon as I can do 5 km without any discomfort I will hit the road again. Thinking of going for a walk on Sunday morning.

So what have I been up to these past few weeks. Well editing a wedding, compiling a wedding album, busy editing some nature photo’s I took in 2017 and 2018 (hope to sell some of them online) and now I am concentrating on finishing up a project I started one year ago… Will post photo’s of above mentioned at a later date…

In October 2018 my dad and I booked a holiday in Scotland for August 2019… In between editing and learning new photography skills I am planning a holiday too. But more on this in another post…

Earlier this week I was looking for something in my prop cupboard and came across a set of Massa Close up filters I bought a few years back… So I took one of them for a spin.

I must say I am very happy with the results and my aim this month is to practice with it at least once a week. I hope to master the art of macro photography with the equipment I have by the end of the year. Never thought something old but new can make me so excited…

Here’s a few of the photos I took with my Canon EOS 7D mark II, Canon 18-200mm lens and a Massa +4 Closeup Filter. Please feel free to comment and give constructive criticism. I believe that the only way I am going to know if I am doing it right is when my audience tell me.

On my Bucket list for 2019:

  • Doing the big walk 20km in April.
  • Post at least 3 times a month.
  • Mastering the art of macro photography with the equipment I have.
  • Train for my first half marathon in 2020.
  • Visit Scotland in August.
  • Sell some of my nature photo’s online.
  • Learn how to make and edit aVideo with my Camera.
  • Be positive and happy.

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 3

Yes Ruby is still in love with her sticks and upgraded to palm leaves. She enjoyed playing with the sticks and Palm leaves while my dad and I cleaned out our garden.  She still enjoys playing with her ball but due to all the new dogs in our street I cannot go play with her out front. Now we must play in the garden and that is not so good on the grass. I also started taking her to the beach, but after a dog attacked her on one of our walks she is not very sociable. It will take a while for her to trust other dogs again… She is also very protective over me. I am not always sure if this is a good or bad thing….
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Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 2

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Every year I have visitors in my garden. This little Masked Weaver build a total of 3 nests with no success…. Maybe he will be more successful in the coming year….

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 1

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After my mother’s passing and the start of my divorce proceedings I have not really been in the mood to blog and take photo’s. I had my moments when I got my spark back but then something would remind me of something that happened and I am back to square one. It was like everything was getting to much and I went into survival mode. I started focusing on myself, the boys,  my dad and our home.

In the meanwhile my Canon 7D’s Dial button broke and I lost my AV and TV settings then the light sensor started giving me problems and that put extra stress on me…  As soon as I move into a dark area or shady area the camera will not focus at all and when I press the shutter button nothing happend. I had to switch the camera off and on after every photo taken. When I was in bright light I had no problems… I had a few shoots over the past few months and with God’s help everything went smoothly. I learned a very big lesson that you must trust in God and ask Him to bless the shoot and to please make sure that everything works… He did not disappoint me… I am happy to say that God was looking out for me and a week ago I upgraded to my Canon 7D Mark II.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting all my work done in 2015 and hopefully I’ll be up to date soon.

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 15

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie

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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom

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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom

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Bontebok

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Bontebok

 

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 14

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 13

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Blue Wildebeest

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Blue Wildebeest

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Blue Wildebeest

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Common Eland

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Common Eland

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 12

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Pelargonium longicaule, Malva

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Arctotis, Gousblom

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Lessertia rigida, Balloon Pea, Blaasertjie

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Cotula turbinata,Buttons, Knoppies, Kleingansdons

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Trachyandra revoluta,Veldkool

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Trachyandra revoluta, Veldkool

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Lamranthus aurantiacus, Vygie

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 11

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

 

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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou

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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou

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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie

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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie

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Dorontheanthus, Bokbaaivygie

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Romulea hirsuta, Pienk Froetang

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Nemesia affinis, Leeubekkie

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Diascia capensis,Cape Twinspur

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Rumex sagittatus

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 10

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Spiloxene, Cape Star, Sterretjie

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Felicia, Astertjie, Bloublommetjie

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Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie

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Zantedeschia, Arum Lily, Varklelie

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Zantedeschia, Arum Lily, Varklelie

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Solanum, Nightshade, Bitterappel

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Solanum, Nightshade, Bitterappel

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Dimorphotheca pluvialis, Marguerite,Magriet, Reënblommetjie

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Senecio sarcoides, Groundsel, Hongerblom

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Polygala myrtifolia, Butterfly bush, Ertjiebos, Septemberbos

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 9

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Heliophila coronopifolia, Sunflax, Sporrie

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Spiloxene, Cape star, Sterretjie

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Spiloxene, Cape star, Sterretjie

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Lessertia, Balloon Pea, Blaasertjie, Kankerbos

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Chasmanthe, Cobra Lily, Piempiempie

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Chasmanthe, Cobra Lily, Piempiempie

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 8

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Moraea fugax, Soetuintjie

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Oxalis purpurea, Grand duchess sorrel,Suring

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Heliophila coronopifolia, Sunflax, Sporrie

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Moraea minor, Kleintulp

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Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie

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Oxalis pes-caprae, Geelsuring

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Geelsuring (Oxalis pes-caprae); Sporrie (Heliophila coronopifolia); White rain daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis); Magriet (Ursinia anthemoides)

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Pelargonium, Malva

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Wachendorfia paniculata, Butterfly Lily, Rooikanol

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 7

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Spurfowl

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Spurfowl

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Mountain Zebra

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Spurfowl

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Blue Wildebeest and Eland

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Blue Wildebeest and Eland

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Cape Wagtail

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Cape Wagtail

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 6

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Viewpoint just outside Potsberg

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Ballota, Horehound, Kattekruie

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Ballota, Horehound, Kattekruie

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Drosanthemum hispidum, Douvygie

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Angulate tortoise, Rooipens

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Angulate tortoise, Rooipens

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Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, Bontebok

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Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, Bontebok

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Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, Bontebok grazing

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Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, Bontebok

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Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, Bontebok

 

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 5

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Pelargonium fulgidum, Rooimalva

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Salvia africana-lutea, Brown Sage, Bruinsalie, Strandsalie

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Salvia africana-lutea, Brown Sage, Bruinsalie, Strandsalie

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Salvia africana-lutea, Brown Sage, Bruinsalie, Strandsalie

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Salvia africana-lutea, Brown Sage, Bruinsalie, Strandsalie and Euphorbia, Beesmelkbos, Geelmelkbos

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Angulate tortoise, Rooipens

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Chlorophytum, Grass Lily,Graslelie

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Cynanchum africanum, Bokhorinkies

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Cynanchum africanum, Bokhorinkies

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 4

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Carpobrotus, Sour Fig, Suurvy

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Carpobrotus, Sour fig, Suurvy

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Moraea lugubris, Kersblakertjie

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Euphorbia, Euphorbia, Geelmelkbos

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Euphorbia, Euphorbia, Geelmelkbos

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Euphorbia, Euphorbia, Geelmelkbos

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Arctotheca calendula Cape Weed,

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Lapeirousia jacquinii, Perscabong

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Lapeirousia jacquinii, Perscabong

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 3

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Fabaceae, Common whistle-bush, Gewone fluitjiebos

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Chaenostoma, Skunk bush, Stinkbossie

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Chaenostoma, Skunk bush, Stinkbossie

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Hermannia Scabra, Doll’s Rose, Poprosie

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Hermannia Scabra, Doll’s Rose, Poprosie

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Hebenstretia, Slugwort, Slakblom

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Chaenostoma, Skunk Bush, Stinkbossie

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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, Bokbaaivygie

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 2

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Lachenalia, Bont Viooltjie

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Lachenalia, Bont Viooltjie

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Wachendorfia, Butterfly Lily, Rooikanol

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Wachendorfia, Butterfly Lily, Rooikanol

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Felecia, Astertjie, Bloublommetjie