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Sunday drives: In search of the wildflowers

It is Spring in South Africa, and with it comes the beautiful wildflowers. I began my Sunday with a quick coffee date with a good friend – which is always a wonderful way to start a day. Then I got into my car and headed for the West Coast. I decided to drive on the N7 to Philadelphia and through Atlantis on to the picturesque town of Darling.

Dominique in the City - Wildflowers on the way to Philadelphia
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers on the way to Philadelphia

Life has been stressful for all of us, and I find that a lovely Sunday drive, with the music blaring, is a great way to unwind. The N7 is flanked with canola fields. These bright yellow flowers are just the thing to cheer one up.

I stopped in Philadelphia to take some photos of the church there and popped in de Malle Meul for a cup of delicious coffee.

Dominique in the City - Wildflowers Church in Philadelphia

Just outside of town, people gathered in the canola fields to take that quintessential spring photo.

Dominique in the City - Wildflowers

I made my way to Darling, one of my favourite towns on the West Coast, to view the wildflowers. The town was busy with visitors, a wonderful sight as our tourism and hospitality industry needs all the help it can get!

Tinie Versveld Wildflower Reserve is one of the best spots to view the flowers. This little flower reserve is absolutely gorgeous with generous displays of springtime flowers sprouting from a vast array of veld types.

Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers
Dominique in the City - Wildflowers

Wildflower viewing tips:

🌼 Flowers are open between 11:00 – 15:00
🌼 The sun must be out for the flowers to be open.
🌼 Rainy or overcast days are not ideal for wildflower viewing
🌼 Get out of your car and walk around.
🌼 Tread lightly, and please don’t trample the plants.
🌼 Never pick flowers or bulbs.

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