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Pic­ture ed­i­tor Shel­ley Chris­tians’ fam­ily al­bum is full of pho­tos of her and her sis­ter pos­ing in fields of flow­ers next to the N7.

When my sis­ter Lee-Ann and I were kids (pic­tured here with my mom Salthea), we of­ten went with my par­ents to visit my Ouma and Oupa in Calvinia. Watch­ing the usu­ally bar­ren land­scape ex­plode into life in spring was a spec­tac­u­lar sight. My dad never re­ally ven­tured off the main routes – he was a stick­ler for keep­ing to his es­ti­mated time of ar­rival. Dur­ing the flower sea­son of 2015, I ac­com­pa­nied jour­nal­ist Sophia van Taak to Nieu­woudtville and she in­tro­duced me to the guest farm Pap­kuils­fontein. I did their flower tour and was as­tounded by the fields of kat­sterte. Last year I trav­elled all the way to Spring­bok with my son TJ to pho­to­graph the flow­ers for this is­sue. We stayed at unique places and cre­ated mem­o­ries while braai­ing un­der the stars. (He had no idea I could make a de­cent fire and braai!) We still rem­i­nisce about that trip. If you find your­self in the western and north-western parts of South Africa dur­ing Au­gust and Septem­ber, make some de­tours and ex­plore the lo­cal towns. Each has its own surprises. And take your cam­era. The photo op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less. For in­spi­ra­tion, check out this month’s Take Your Pic (p 58).

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