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   Mimetes chrysanthus   
Mimetes chrysanthus
 
Sturdy, erect, sparsely branched shrub on a single trunk and grows to between 1,5 - 2 m tall.
The flower groups are luminous golden-yellow in colour giving rise to its name chrysanthus meaning golden
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The Death of Giants
05-07-2011 15:57
A reproduction of a news article some time back related to the decimation of the trees in Cecilia Forest.

THE DEATH OF GIANTS.

Despite the changing of the seasons it has still been warm and the early morning coolness has rapidly given way to some hot and humid weather which is what persuaded us to take a less strenuous walk through the shade of the Cecilia Forest and into the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens. Surely we would find some escape from the madness of city life there.
The Death of Giants
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Galpinia transvaalica
Galpinia transvaalica
 
Leucospermum cordifolium
Leucospermum cordifolium
 
Freylinia undulata
Freylinia undulata
 
Lobostemon fruticosus
Lobostemon fruticosus
 
Erica canaliculata
Erica canaliculata
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Tartarus Cave Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: Boyes Drive
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Devils Peak via Saddle path Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 hrs
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout
Where: Cederberg
Duration: 5 days
 
  Hike of the week  
  Tranquillity Cracks  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 3 - 5 hrs  
  Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling  
Tranquillity Cracks
Photograph by: klair
 
  Mushroom of the week  
 
Gyromitra esculenta
  Photo submitted: klair (21 November 2011)  
 
Gyromitra esculenta
Poisonous Poisonous
Size: 30 - 120 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
conical 
The edibility of "false morels" has been recently brought into question. While many people eat them without apparent harm, some people have developed acute toxicity and recent evidence suggests that there may be long-term health risks as well.
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  Some other poisonous mushrooms...  
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypholoma fasciculare
 
Scleroderma cepa
Scleroderma cepa
 
Amanita Rubescens
Amanita Rubescens
 
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ARTICLES

   
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
   
   
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
   
   
RISING TIDAL POWER.
RISING TIDAL POWER. 21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish.
   
   
WEIRD WEATHER WILL LEAD TO GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ... EVENTUALLY.
21-02-2012 18:10
Sorry Europe.
   
   
WHERE’S THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY?
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.
   
   
  

NEWS

   
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
   
   
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
   
   
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
   
   
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
   
   
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
   
 
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