The average student needs some time off every now and again. After a week of studying for a chemistry test, we thought it’s time to treat ourselves. Consequently we let ourselves loose on the Kogelberg 24km trail!
As seen in the video it was a clear and hot day. By the time we arrived at the beach our feet were aching and we were in desperate need of some refreshment before the last push home. Jumping into the cool mountain water after the long hike was a feeling I’ll never forget.
Another special sighting we made was of the Red Cluster Disa (Disa ferruginea) hidden between the fynbos adjacent to the trail. Being a big fan of orchids, I considered myself very lucky to see this scarce and special flower.
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Happy 2016 to all readers! May it be filled with lots of wonderful experiences!
Grandpa, my sister and I went on our annual expedition up Leopard’s Kloof to view the Red Disas in flower. See my previous post on Leopard’s Kloof to find out more about this stimulating route.
The Red Disas grow in the moist moss which covers the rocks surrounding the Leopard’s Kloof waterfall. We spotted one in bloom close to the base of the fall. This is considered lucky because in the past there were many more Disas at lower levels of the fall which have now gone because of environmentally harmful activities like the picking or total removal of these flowers.
Orchids (like this one) are some of the most beautiful creations on Earth. Seeing the Red Disas again was an amazing experience. A good kick off to 2016!
All the different species of disa one can find amazes me. Keep an eye out for these pretty orchids!
Golden Orchid (Disa cornuta). I’ve just recently discovered that I photographed a disa. Seen on the Palmietriver hike at Kogelberg Nature Reserve. December.
Another Blue Disa (Disa venusta). Found on the hiking trail to Hangklip, Pringle Bay. Also in December.
The Red Disa (Disa uniflora). One of the prettiest. This one lives by the Leopards Kloof waterfall at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay. Sited in early December.
A pink disa (Disa tripetaloides). Found this one in December at Oakes Falls on the Boesmanskloof trail.
Red Cluster Disa (Disa ferruginea)
Blue Disa (Disa graminifolia). Photographed in March on the Arangieskop trail. Note the spider and the bee.
There are still many I wish to find. Keep a look out for the disa in December. Its important to know which disa you’re looking for, some grow on sandstone slopes while others grow on wet cliffs. A field guide to the fynbos of Southern Africa helps a lot.
I’d like to see your disa photos and where you took them.