The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden located between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, an hour east of Cape Town, South Africa.
With about 1,600 plant species, the area contains a floral diversity per unit area that is greater than anywhere else in the world. The Garden consists of 10 hectares of cultivated gardens and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos.
There are many of the local endemic fynbos species in the gardens. Proteas, ericas and restios and their associated birds and insects. There are pristine mountain streams running through the gardens, with several frog species.
There are several hikes up the georges providing a high diversity of habitats as well as elevations above sea level. There are 96 bird species recorded in the gardens.
The gardens inspire creativity so use your imagination and experiment. Spend time inisde the forests alonside the streams. The dark fynbos stained water creates dramatic reflections when the light is right.
Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings are best before the sun disappears behind the mountains.
Type of Photography
Best Time of Year
All year round
Flash for inside the forests
Local Fynbos endemics bird species and fynbos vegetation diversity.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.
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