Karoo Desert Botanic Garden, Worcester

I visited this amazing garden on a scorchingly hot day in February – it was at least 35C. The Karoo Desert National Botanic Garden lies just outside the town of Worcester, in the Cape Province, under the Hex River Mountains. The garden is quiet and has a conveniently placed restaurant near the entrance which serves food and ice-cold drinks.The garden was originally established near Matjiesfontein in 1921 as the Logan Memorial Garden, moving to Worcester in 1945. The garden covers 144 hectares of natural vegetation, and 11 hectares are cultivated. It is promoted as the only succulent garden in the southern hemisphere

The restaurant in the Karoo Desert Botanic Gardens
The restaurant in the Karoo Desert Botanic Gardens

Madeira

A week in Madeira has been a kaleidoscope of fascinating images. The terrace farming, abandoned terraces, and the stark ravines of the interior spoke of another life which found an outlet in the Mercado Lavradores. And then there were the tourists.  And overall the rainbows. I hope these few pictures capture something of what I saw, and felt.

Madeira 2012

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The tourists.

Madeira 2012

The Market.

Madeira 2012

The Botanic Gardens were amazing.

The Blandy Gardens were beautiful, even in the rain – incredibly lush and luxurious –  providing a startlingly ‘English’ picture of the Island.

The Blandy Gardens

The rainbows.

Madeira 2012