Agulhas walk

More from the weekend: we had a lovely family walk along the Agulhas escarpment, overlooking the shipwreck and the Khoi fish traps, before heading into town to enjoy a really good milkshake.

Because of the gentle pace, there was plenty of time to stop and take in the views and get a few shots as well. I could have stayed all day, but I limited myself to one or two or more efforts as I continue to learn the nuances of my new camera.

This (I think) is a Spiky Purplegorse (Muraltia heisteria). At least, that’s the delicate lilac flower in the foreground. Winding its way around the stems is Common Dodder (Cuscuta campestris): a Category 1 NEMBA parasitic invasive from North America, which is strangling the fynbos (literally) all over the Agulhas National Park.

I mean, I wouldn’t mind if it were in any way photogenic, but it’s even ugly to look at.

I did the decent thing and save this little local from certain death, but it’s only a matter of time till those twining stems make their way back over the limestone, and to be honest, this time, I probably won’t be there to help out.