Alpha Greeff, Hennops River, sent these beautiful pics
We found this exquisite little flower on the Buenzli's land near our place. According to my Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Highveld, it is an Anomatheca grandiflora and is fairly rare, growing in moist, shady places. We have been here for 11 years and this is the first time I've seen this lovely plant flowering. I derive such pleasure in the plants and animals found in our veld! May this area be protected forever.

Anamatheca grandifloraAnomatheca-grandiflora

Anomatheca grandiflora

Mma-Ritha, Hennops River
I discovered this Eyed Pansy, Junonia orithya madagascariensis, in the garden. It is found year-round throughout the north-eastern parts of South Africa but although these butterflies appear over a wide area, they are not easy to find. Its numbers peak from August to November and again from February to May. The males are said to be highly territorial. If you look in the right spots you should be able to find some during those times - although they don't always cooperate as nicely for photos as this one! Look in marshy areas or along streams.

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