28 July 2013

Cape Town - Out in the country

I  have been fortunate to spend a bit of time out and around the surrounds of Cape Town. I ideally wanted to photograph the Canola fields in full flower but my visit was a little early. I did manage to photograph a field or two but enjoyed the outdoors and fresh air away from smoggy Johannesburg more than anything else.

Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant used in ancient civilization as a fuel. The word "rape" in rapeseed comes from the Latin word rapum meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard and many other vegetables are related to the two natural canola varieties commonly grown. Canola oil is then made at a processing facility by slightly heating and then crushing the seed.

Canola field in the distance. The yellow colour quite striking.

A colour mache of the green Canola plant with the yellow flower.
Beautiful skies over the Canola field
The wind farm on the West Coast
Magical sunset skies over the green countryside
The more traditional vineyards of the countryside

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