Saturday Snapshots #67

by Jeanne on December 5, 2009

in Photography, Saturday Snapshots, Travel - South Africa

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 Fractal vygie - South Africa

The vygie (say fay-chee, with the "ch" pronounced as in loch) is one of the most ubiquitous types of flower in South Africa and as a succulent it is particularly suited to the hot, dry climate of the interior.  These plants belong to the genus Lampranthus and are also known as ice plants in other parts of the world and produce spectacularly bright flowers in a range of colours.  It is a large genus and 150-200 members originate in South Africa, so I grew up surrounded by them.  I love the intense colour of this particular bloom, and the fact that it looks less like a flower than some sort of fractal artwork on the cover of a trance CD. 

And if I'm lucky, I may see some of these today as I am arriving in South Africa for some sun, sea and family time.  First order of business, though, will be to head straight from the airport to my young nephew's pirate-themed birthday party.  Ahoy, mateys! :) 

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  

All photos featured in Saturday Snapshots are available to buy as greeting cards or prints in my RedBubble store, including the new Year of Saturday Snapshots calendar, an A3-size calendar bringing together the most popular images from the first year of Saturday Snapshots.  Feel free to browse - it makes a great Christmas stocking filler!

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nina December 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Welcome “home” Jeanne!!! Enjoy your well deserved break!!!

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Stephanie December 6, 2009 at 9:50 am

I’ve been thinking about you lately! One of these days we’ll have to catch up. How’s…9 July, 2010 looking?
Miss you!

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browniegirl December 6, 2009 at 10:16 am

Welcome home matey. Enjoy enjoy!! Its the most stunning day here today :o) xx

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Sunita December 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Jeanne, what a vibrant looking flower, and it actually matches the colour of your clothes in your profile piture :-)
Have a great time with your family! Oh,that makes me miss mine so much !

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WendyT December 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

Lucky you, enjoy your time in SA!!! xx

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Jamie December 8, 2009 at 11:18 am

Well, add fabulous photographer to talented writer! Gorgeous photo of a beautiful flower! Have a wonderful vacation!

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Sarka December 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I like the shot, the flower is really beautiful. Have a great time with your family!

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