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   Zantedeschia aethiopica   
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Rhizomatous geophyte, 60-100cm with plain green leaves and large pure white funnel-shaped
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The Death of Giants
05-07-2011 15:57
A reproduction of a news article some time back related to the decimation of the trees in Cecilia Forest.


Despite the changing of the seasons it has still been warm and the early morning coolness has rapidly given way to some hot and humid weather which is what persuaded us to take a less strenuous walk through the shade of the Cecilia Forest and into the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens. Surely we would find some escape from the madness of city life there.
The Death of Giants
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Erica coccinea
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Mimetes chrysanthus
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Elegia tectorum
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
Devils Peak via Saddle path Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 hrs
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout
Where: Cederberg
Duration: 5 days
Tranquillity Cracks Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Tranquillity Cracks
Where: Table mountain, Camps Bay
Duration: 3 - 5 hrs
Cobra Camp An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Kommetjie
Duration: 2hrs
  Hike of the week  
  Harkerville Hiking Trail  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 2 days  
  Distance: 27km  
  Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights)  
Harkerville Hiking Trail
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  Mushroom of the week  
Russula Sardonia
  Photo submitted: klair (7 July 2010)  
  Notice the purple stem.  
Russula Sardonia
Inedible Inedible
Size: 40 - 120 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
Spore bearing: gills Gills
depressed  glabrous  adnexed  crowded
tapering to base  unswollen 
Synonym: Russula drimeia.

Colour varies from a pinky purple through to a deep purplish red. They are typically common, fairly large, and brightly colored - making them one of the most recognizable genera among mycologists and mushroom collectors.
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  Some other inedible mushrooms...  
Pluteus semibulbosus
Pluteus semibulbosus
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
Thelebolus terrestris
Thelebolus terrestris
Mucilago crustacea
Mucilago crustacea
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
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In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
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Schools of fish.
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Sorry Europe.
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It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.


Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
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