It is late spring in the Overberg (the southernmost region of South Africa) and whilst many waysides yet are in bloom1, others are high with wild oats. In the early evening, they sway in the breeze as the sun makes gold of the stubble on the hills.


  1. On Friday (13 November 2020), when the photograph below was taken, I happened upon a swath of Lobelia erinus, Ornithogalum strictum and even Micranthus tubulosus.
Rhebok Road, 13 November 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

Ah!

The Pear Tree in Bloom, 25 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

Look who blossoms, yet again in mid-winter! Here in South Africa, July is the second month of the season, but the weather is mostly autumnal, with crisp and clear days: misty in the morning, but later sunny.

Seeing the pear tree covered in flowers this early should come as no surprise, yet the sight never ceases to amaze. Naturally, I recited to it “A Pear Tree”—and I think it approved of my modest effort to praise it.

The Pear Tree in Bloom, 25 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.