Thursday, 25 August 2011

Floral fantasy-land at Fynbosvlei

Anniversary time and so time to do something special. What better than a log cabin with a fireplace on a hill overlooking a long lake that flows into the sea. If you find nature orgasmic, then Fynbosvlei is your Casanova – a 40ha stretch of coastal fynbos on the Swartvlei (the largest of the Wilderness lake system).

The beautiful log cabin overlooks a bank of indigenous flowers towards the lake. We timed our visit to coincide with some winter hang-over weather – grey, mist and rain – more excuse to stay indoors of course! So light was not great for wildlife photography – the flash had to work overtime in order to document some of the spectacular array of flowers on show, all accessible through a winding series of trails.

On our last day we also had a break in the weather which allowed me to paddle out onto the Swartvlei on a courtesy canoe to admire the area from a different point of view. 
Hmmm... lunch

I was pleased this came out - since it was cloudy, I was in the forest under-story, and shooting against the light.

The pier at Fynbosvlei

Pied Kingfisher flies low over the water

Red-necked spurfowl sneaking away from the cabin

All in all – highly recommended – for more information visit

On Wednesday we headed home via George to do chores. Back to life. We just got through the Outeniqua pass before further rock slides shut it down completely. On Potjiesberg pass we came across a troop of baboons playing in the road. We did not give this fellow his toy:


  1. Love your fynbos pics with the black background. Did you take them at night with a flash? Looks like a great place!

  2. Hi Robyn, yes the photos were taken at dusk in cloudy conditions - so the flash highlighted the flowers in the foreground and left the background black. I may have used my macro lens for some of these.


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