Waiting for the rain

in #nature5 months ago

Spring in the Southern Hemisphere is generally an unpleasant affair: it's hot and dry and we spend our days wishing the rains would come and wash the world clean. Right now, the natural environment looks like Mordor after the winter fires and believe it or not, this thing is actually alive:

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Monkeys tail, Xerophyta retinervis, is one of the so-called resurrection plants which revives as soon as it rains and will start flowering in November

In this barren landscape, the eye is naturally drawn to the spots of colour among the rocks

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Lotononis, one of many wild pea species found here. The legume family thrive in very poor soils and that's very necessary out here among the rocks

We even have Wild Carnations, Dianthus mooiensis

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Stripped down versions of my grandmother's favourite flowers, they are still recognisable as being related to their garden cousins

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These flower throughout spring and summer but many of the flowering plants have already made pods. They flower first and then grow throughout the rainy season, storing nutrients in tubers that allow them to start growing even in the absence of rainfall

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Cute little furry seed pods of Eriosema cordatum

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Seed pods opened to scatter the seeds, where they will lie around waiting for the rain

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All empty

Lots of drama skies, but those clouds are just keeping it all to themselves while we wait and hope
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I wish I could send you some of Ireland glorious rain to kickstart things again. Great shots and that White flower is looks so beautiful.

Thank you! Yes, rain would be appreciated although oddly enough, we have a high annual rainfall by the numbers, it's just that it falls in very large amounts infrequently

Where do you get your water from ...surface reservoirs or underground wells?

If there is underground water, some people have boreholes. Our ground water is too deep for wells. The city gets it's water from a dam on some rivers.

The petals of the Wild Carnations are very unique, and beautiful. May you have some much needed rain. :-)

Thank you



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So different than our spring, interesting.

Yes, spring is a cruel waiting game here

It is amazing how these flowers adapted to such a dry and hot climate.

Nature is an amazing thing

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First one is a turkey tail!