Mellow Yellow

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Tumi, Patch and Paris walked to the top of a little koppie with me on Friday morning to take photos of our sunflower fields. Coco started out with us, but she quickly disappeared into the distance howling after a rabbit or something like that. There is only a very short window period in which the sunflowers are at their best and we probably already missed it last weekend with the bad weather. February has been quite dry and hot and many flowers have started to droop so I could not delay any longer.

There was a fair amount of bundu bashing involved as we were not following a path and veld is dense with grass and wild flowers. Fortunately Tumi and Patch led the way, which gave me a tiny bit of hope that any snakes lying in our path would slither away before I passed… where snakes are concerned I’m still very much a city girl i.e. terrified!!! Paris (our blind dog, see How Paris ‘sees’ the world) stayed glued to my heels as we trudged up and down the steep mountainside. We were all exhausted by the end, but happy that we’d captured some images of the yellow landscape. Because of crop rotation, the sunflowers are not always planted in the same lands around our house so the views this year are quite a treat and worth all the effort, I think!

Starting the gradual climb.

Starting the gradual climb.

View from the top looking west.

View towards the west – a patchwork of mealies and sunflowers.

Wild red hot pokers.

Wild red hot pokers.

Mountain views towards the South.

Mountain views towards the South.

Paris and Patch taking a well-deserved break. If only Paris could see the view!

Tumi and Paris taking a well-deserved break – if only Paris could see the view!

Flower detail.

More pokers.

Fallow land contours.

Fallow land contours.

Up close on our way home.

Up close on our way home.

Tractor setting off for morning duties.

Tractor setting off for morning duties.

 

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