I recently entered a painting in for an exhibition here in Cape Town entitled ” Claims for the Land”. I painted this last year experimenting with acrylics which I am not very familiar with. It was fun and as the painting developed, I saw the Mavericks plane hovering over the city. It usually emerges when something big is happening in the city, particularly a big rugby or cricket match. When the exhibition came up, I redid the little plane with Attitude, entitled “Mother Nature”.
The firefighters made a huge impression on me after the recent fires on Table Mountain so I came up with this painting in oils on canvas. Claims of the land has stuck in my mind so I guess I shall continue along that vein.
Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, is so rich in floral biodiversity. The type of vegetation is Fynbos which has developed over millions of years with restios dating as far back as 60 million. This is a fire-dependent vegetation that needs to burn around every 15 years or so to stimulate new growth. Unfortunately houses have infected the mountainside, so fires that would be beneficial for the survival of plants, are extinguished.
There is a wonderful site called Meetup and its a great way of getting out and meeting new people.
There are so many groups to choose from or you can start your own. I particularly like the groups that walk on the mountain and this morning we walked from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch.
It was a glorious day yesterday and I walked through the grounds of Groot Constantia, one of the Capes oldest wine farms founded by Simon van der Stel in 1685. I love the fact that the grounds are open to the public with so much to appreciate.
No wonder Table Mountain is recognized as a World Heritage Site. There are close to 1500 plant species found on the mountain with the richest single floristic area on the planet. The Cape has the highest known concentration – 1,300 per 10,000 km2.. It is a wonderful place to walk with 350 paths to the top of the mountain.