Kirstenbosch, whatever the weather, provides a variety of AAhhhhh experiences. Despite the snow on the distant mountains and the chilly wind blowing, the arrival of spring was certainly apparent.

After recently being introduced to the Kirstenbosch Centenary Canopy Walkway, I strolled around the gardens and was alerted to the presence of a Spotted Eagle Owl peacefully sitting on her nest on a rock at eye height, slightly bowered by a branch or two. High above her sat her mate.

(See also http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/kirstenbosch-centenary-tree-canopy-walkway-is-snaking-ahead/  and http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/01/spotted-eagle-owl-in-fish-hoek/)

Spotted Eagle Owl in Kirstenbosch sitting on nest. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Spotted Eagle Owl in Kirstenbosch sitting on nest. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Spotted Eagle owl pa in Kirstenbsoch keeping a beady eye on his mate? Photo Viv of Scenic South

Spotted Eagle owl pa in Kirstenbsoch keeping a beady eye on his mate? Photo Viv of Scenic South

A few lawns away an adult Egyptian Goose pair kept goosey eyes on their offspring …

Egyptian Geese family in Kirstenbosch.  Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Egyptian Geese family in Kirstenbosch. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Blooming flowers framed the distant snow-topped mountains …

Kirstenbosch in Spring. Photo Viv of Scenic South

Kirstenbosch in Spring. Photo Viv of Scenic South

 

The mountains close up ….

The snow capped mountains behind Paarl as seen from Kirstenbos. Photo Viv of Scenic South

The snow capped mountains behind Paarl as seen from Kirstenbos. Photo Viv of Scenic South