I arrived in Cape Town Sunday evening, August 25, 2013. This was after a very long travel day and change (28 hours). After a three nights in Cape Town, Dennis and Gigi Laidler and I started a road trip to Namaqualand, The Richtersveld, down to the Agulhas region, and back to Cape Town. We should get back to Cape Town September 14.
The field season was off to a great start the day after I arrived. I took a trip down to Cape Point to collect Hyobanche sanguinea. This year I have permission to work in the national parks of the Western and Northern Cape provinces, plus regular collecting permits for both regions.
I found a large population of Hyobanche sanguinea right off the bat.
My first day in the field was lovely – beautiful weather all the way up to the late afternoon. That’s when the storm system first hit the region.
Yesterday it started to rain.
Today, it has poured down rain all day long.
Rain or no rain, the collecting must go on, and so today we all got thoroughly soaked. However, I did collect a population of Hyobanche near Langebaan. So, it was a good day in the field.