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Sunday, June 8, 2014

SA Diversity Tour (11-15/03/2014) Day 55-59

 Mountain Zebra National Park
The rising of the sun sees us riding around looking for what this day will bring and the Springbok and Red Hartebeest are a good start.
Even though it is late summer, many of the flowers are just starting to bloom and the patches of the Karoo Blue Tulip is a beautiful sight to see amongst the drying grass.
This is the first time I have ever seen a Shelduck so was pleased to add it to my knowledge base.
In this region, the aloes start to bloom in their vibrant orange and red colours like this Snake Aloe.
Springbok play in the grassland while it is still cool in the mornings.
These flowers were amazing – it is a creeper and found all over the Park. Right now it is blooming profusely and looks so delightful.
An Agama lizard comes out to warm up in the sunlight. They are about 25cm (10”) in length. The females are not very colourful.
Poor Zebra! He looked so dejected with his one ear hanging so floppily. I had to feel sorry for him. J
A female Brown Button spider is much larger than the male. If he is not careful, she will kill him and preserve him to feed to her babies.
All over the ride through the mountains I found this bush with its bright yellow and lilac coloration. They belong to the Sweetpea family.
 This large moth looks like it might make a great carpet does it not? So soft and furry. LOL!!
This is an unknown species of flower to me - one of the Iris family. They are small and the stems are about 40cm (14”) in height.

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