Thursday, 19 December 2013

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens...

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden located on the slopes of Table Mountain. Candace and I visited this peaceful place on Sunday, November 3rd. The son of a friend of ours was celebrating his first birthday and so his parents decided to have a picnic lunch in the gardens. We enjoyed the picnic and then had a lovely time walking in the picturesque surrounds. Kirstenbosch is one of Cape Town's premier tourist destinations - and you can see why!

The greenhouse at Kirstenbosch. It holds many succulents and arid plants.
The grave of Henry Pearson, founder of Kirstenbosch. The inscription says, "If ye seek his monument, look around."
The small pool behind us is Colonel Bird's Bath.
Cycad forest at Kirstenbosch.
Spotted Eagle-Owl chick. The owls have nested in one spot in Kirstenbosch for many years.
Yellow pin cushions.
Orange pin cushions.
Red pin cushions.
A close-up of one of the plants in the pin cushion family.
King Protea, South Africa's national flower.
Candace with the King Protea.
Large insect after the flower's nectar.
Another pretty plant.
Same plant, different coloured flowers.
A family of Egyptian geese in the garden.
The views are spectacular!

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