Tuesday, September 1, 2009

King Protea

Today is the 1st of September which means it SPRING DAY. YAY! Winter is over (even if its only on paper) and everybody is looking forward to summer. To celebrate the coming of spring I am posting a pic of the King Protea which is South Africa's national flower. And to make it relevant to Port Elizabeth, the picture was taken in the Van Staadens Wildflower Reserve. The reserve is about 25 minutes from town and a excellent spot to go and see proteas as well as other Fynbos species as well as a wide variety of birds associated with that type of vegetation.


  1. Wow....how big is this one? I didn't know that this was your national flower. I first encountered them when I lived in California. Basically anything from South Africa or Australia will grow there also.

    Happy Spring....we were beginning to feel Fall coming on here, until today when its 90F.

  2. That's theme day material if I ever saw one. I hope you edit the page and add the theme page link.
    Just add: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

  3. Gorgeous. I would like to paint that. They had some proteas at Trader Joe's in Minneapolis not so long ago and I so excited I bought 3 bunches to have around my house - no King proteas though.

    Your pictures get me excited about going home but then I read the papers and my enthusiasm is dampened.....

    Keep the lovely images coming!