This morning’s walk in Fernkloof took 15 hikers into the edge of the recent burn before turning back to walk along the front of Kanonkop and over Lemoenkop. It was interesting to see how the Phaenocoma prolifera (Cape Everlasting) appeared to have its flowers unscathed by the fire. Perhaps this plant has some chemical resistance to burning as the petals are certainly dry enough to catch at the first sign of fire. This is a protection method for its seeds, but I wonder how it works.
I attach some images of what the smoke was like in Prestwick Village as the inferno blazed above us on the mountain. It was pretty scary and our thoughts go out to all those who were badly affected and who lost so much.