When Margaret phoned last evening to ask us if we wanted to go up Dot’s Dash with her and Liz and Garth, I wondered why she wanted to go now. After all, the Erica pillansii only flower in April. Lo and behold, I was right. There were absolutely none of them to be seen anywhere along the walk, but we certainly saw lots of other interesting sights and the beautiful fynbos all along the walk once again convinced us that this must be one of the most floristic routes in the area.
I wonder if anybody can identify the red erica shown in two of my pictures. Its normal habit has the flower inverted so that one sees the back, but I turned it over for the second image and it really is spectacular. We also saw a beautiful small agapanthus which we were unable to identify as well as a wonderful variety of other ericas, leucospermums, leucadendrons, aulaxes, proteas, brunias and other plants.
We walked up from Fairy Glen along a path that took us to the parking area on the low plateau above the western end of Kleinmond. From there we cut across to the Highland path, and then down Dot’s Dash, where quite a bit of work has been done putting in a new path and some zig-zags. Here we also saw the spectacular Brunia stokoei. On the way back down to Fairy Glen, I was rewarded with a good sighting of Ground Woodpeckers, to go with the Cape Siskins and ubiquitous Orange-breasted Sunbirds seen earlier.
It was a great walk and the route we took is an improvement on the one previously used. We walked 6.2 kilometres and it took us around three and a half hours. We can look forward to a real spectacle when we visit there again in April.
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