Creatures on the Farme
The beautiful creatures and plants we have found on the Fijnbosch Farme, and pictures of the natural landscape.
Imagine a place in Africa, on top of a mountain, where nature is as it was thousands of years ago. The only sign of human presence is playful bushmen paintings under a rocky overhang that is now home to a magnificent boomslang (tree snake).
The birds claim this place as their own and cheekily frolic and swim in the nectar-laden flowers. The plants are typical of the incredibly rich Cape Floral Kingdom - a huge diversity of species in a small area. The mountain is a catchment for crystal-clear springs with the sweetest, purest water you have ever tasted. Where the streams wash over the rocks, the millennia have polished dipping pools and Jacuzzis where you can experience the tingling freshness of pure mountain water all over yourself.
Figure 1: A juvenile Sugarbird couple at home on a queen protea. Click on the picture to visit the Cape Bird Club's home page.
On a clear day you can see all the way from the famous Cedarberg in the
Northeast, to the magnificent shoreline of the West Coast, down to Table Mountain in the
South. We are lucky to be the custodians of such a place and this web page serves as an
inventory of the wonderful things we see here...
We have over 75 different bird species on our Bird List, including several endemic species that can only be spotted in the Western Cape.
Below are some of the birds I have gotten photos of...
- Red-hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
- Fiery Heath - Erica cerinthoides
- Aulax pallasia
- Leucadendron spp
- Leucadendron rubrum
- Protea acaulis
- Protea cynaroides - King Protea
- Protea magnifica
Leucadendron discolor and Leucospermum reflexum (right) in full bloom
A view down our gorge, with Leucadendron discolor flowering in the background
Watsonia bloom red in the foreground
Possibly the rare Leucospermum profugum in various stages of flowering
View up our main buchu slope, with a buchu bush (agathosma betulina) flowering purple in the middle
Sundews grow in very nutrient-poor soils and supplement their diet with insects
This arch is a welcome landmark on our hiking trail
A sugarbird relaxes in the mountain scene from our protea stand
Looking towards Aurora from Fijnbosch Farme