Spring Day Down South

A Happy Spring Day to all those “down South”!

September 1 is Spring Day here in Southern Africa. So to celebrate the day, I’m posting some of the flower photographs which Estie (my sister-in-law) took on a recent trip to “see the flowers”. In August and September, nature puts on a brilliant display of wildflowers along the West Coast of South Africa. You literally see carpets of flowers of many hues, stretching to the horizon. All natural i.e. growing wild. South Africans and tourists alike make the pilgrimage to see this wonderful display.

Text: Lisa and photographs: Estie are ©2011 notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Flowers and a snail in the Garden of Eden. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com





Flowers in Nieuwoudtville. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) forest with flowers. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

You may remember the Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) forest from Estie’s post Quiver Tree Forest near Nieuwoudtville, when things looked very different there!

Another view of the Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) forest. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Purple "vygies". ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

"Katsterte" (cat's tails) at Matjiesfontein. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

"Cup & saucer" plant. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Matjiesfontein farmstall. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Old shoes at Matjiesfontein. ©Estie/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Text: Lisa and photographs: Estie are ©2011 notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at https://notesfromafrica.wordpress.com and http://southerncape.wordpress.com (my photoblog)


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22 Comments on “Spring Day Down South”

  1. September 1, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Beautiful pictures — I especially love the shoes. I’d actually never heard of Spring Day before.

  2. Sarita Botha
    September 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm #


    • September 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Thank you! On behalf of Estie too. She claims she can’t type (and answer comments) because of her broken wrist. 😉

  3. September 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Many of you “southerners” are posting spring pictures today. I have seen spring in Australia, New Zeeland and now RSA this morning. The shoes with cactus punctuated this lovely series quite humorously. 🙂

    • September 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Nice to hear the other “southerners” are celebrating Spring too! Yes, that photo of the shoes with cactus growing in them looks quite funny. I put them at the end deliberately.

  4. September 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Wow, very nice photos Estie! Beautiful.

    And I like the title of the post, Lisa! 🙂

    • September 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks from both of us! I hope you had a nice Spring Day. Do they still give the ladies flowers at the office?

      • September 2, 2011 at 5:27 am #

        I think they forgot it was Spring Day 😉

  5. September 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Wow, the photos are lovely, Estie–and Lisa! What stunning flowers! I too love the cacti in the boots. What a hoot–the “Soul” of Spring! Too funny, ladies! Hope you both have a lovely spring day as we here in the north are heading into fall! Round and round we go!

    • September 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Kathy! Was hoping that the plants in the boots would give people a smile.

  6. September 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Happy Spring Day to you too, Lisa and Estie – love the flowers, what bright and cheerful colours.

    • September 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks Reggie! I was very happy when Estie sent me her wildflower photos in time for Spring Day.

  7. September 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Great photos! It is spring here in Australia too and already the days are warm and sunny.

    • September 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Debra! It’s a beautiful Spring day here. We have had some warmer weather too recently. The plants and birds have been ready for Spring to start for a couple of weeks already.

  8. September 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Estie, I agree with everybody that the “boots photo” is great. I also like the wispy clouds in some of your photos. And of course all the pretty flowers.

  9. September 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Thank you. The boots were taken at the last stop of our visit and Matjiesfontein is full of surprises.

  10. jacquelincangro
    September 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Happy Spring! It’s interesting that spring starts on Sept. 1 while fall doesn’t officially begin for us until Sept 21.

    I love the wildflowers that blanket the landscape like a carpet. A carpet of yellow or purple as far as the eye can see.

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:37 am #

      It is a magnificent sight and its even better in real life. Thanks for reading the blog.

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:42 am #

      Astronomically our Spring only starts on September 21, but September 1 is the unofficial Spring day! 😉

  11. Lu
    September 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    gorgeous photos – the third is my favourite 🙂
    Quite like the quirkiness of the old boot planters too 😉

    • September 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks on behalf of Estie! She’s having trouble typing with a broken wrist – at least that’s her excuse for making me answer the comments to her post! 😉

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