March Lilies in February

March Lilies in February, 7 February 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

After an extended period of drought, the Western Cape province of South Africa has experienced a rainy summer. So unusual is this that wild autumn lilies have sprung from the ground a month early!1 Expected only after the first rain of March, this is the Belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) blooming in early February—high summer in South Africa!

March Lilies in February, 7 February 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
March Lilies in February, 7 February 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

  1. The South African autumn begins in March and ends in May.
An African Stonechat, 05 October 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

© 2019 Forgotten Fields
Also taken Friday, an African Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus). This is the male of the species which I often mistake for the Cape Batis (Batis capensis) female, which it resembles at a glance. I made the error again on Friday, not recalling that I had photographed the bird in the field opposite earlier this year!