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Nature encounters

Exquisite Erica irregularis, bietou and Metalasia swathe the landscape between Stanford and Gansbaai

The mountains slopes on the road between Stanford and Gansbaai are swathed in the delicate pink of the flowering Erica irregularis, endemic only to this area.

 
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Not just another lemon tree!

One is not just another lemon tree but a somewhat quirky lemon tree producing a 'piesang' lemon and a 'mongrelseal' lemon ...

 
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A pelagic bird outing from Hout Bay, by Richard Masson

What a spectacle. It was pandemonium. There was a melee of hundreds of birds right alongside us feverishly scrapping over the fish.

 
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Foraging for pine ring mushrooms, also known as saffron milk cap and Lactarius deliciosus

And then we found them. Nestled in between some wild Centella asiatica, a couple of beautiful orange caps were winking at us.

 
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Partially leucistic Cape Bulbul photographed in Stanford in the Overberg

I was intrigued by an unusual Cape Bulbul I saw feeding with a variety of birds on some rusk crumbs that I had thrown out into our garden ...

 
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Birds Nesting in our Stanford Garden – by Richard Masson

Richard Masson writes about the birds nesting in his garden in Stanford village in the Overberg, illustrating the text with his beautiful photographs.

 
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