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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

South Africa's Flowers

'Namaqualand Daisies' watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - Maree©
(Click on image to enlarge)

In nature there are many phenomenon's but very few as spectacular as the Namaqualand daisies.

Namaqualand! 100% Big sky country. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the west of South Africa to the small town of Pofadder in the east, north from the great Orange River and south beyond Garies, Namaqualand is indeed a vast and varied region.

During the arid summer months it is difficult for the tourist to imagine the phenomenon of the yearly wild flower appearance.

After the winter rainfall, Namaqualand dons her coat of many colours and for a brief moment, the wildflowers invade the countryside. Countless poems, novels, paintings and prose have been dedicated to this annual shower of God's colour.

Before the flowers appear

At the end of winter (Click on image to enlarge)


  1. Maree,
    I really like how you posted the before and after photos of the flowers...what a great idea! They sure are colorful. You've captured the oranges nicely in your painting.

  2. Thanks Cheryl. Love your studio on your (new?) website!



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