Camera : Fuji Finepix 2800Zoom
The aloe seemed to ride like a ship with the oars lifted. Bright moonlight hung upon the lifted oars like water, and on the green wave glittered the dew.*
- Beauchamp, Bliss and Other Stories, ‘Prelude’
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Last Spring I noticed that the Black Sunbirds were all visiting this Aloe (Aloe ferox, Bitter Aloe) in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Afrca), and the reason was soon apparent – it was fairly dripping with nectar! The flowers always seem to produce the most nectar just as they’re getting to the end of their life-span. It’s their special gift to nature.
The bitter aloe is most famous for its medicinal qualities. In parts of South Africa, the bitter yellow juice found just below the skin has been harvested as a renewable resource for two hundred years. The hard, black, resinous product is known as Cape aloes or aloe lump and is used mainly for its laxative properties but is also taken for arthritis.
The Aloe is winter-flowering and did you know that they flower in mid-summer in France, when it’s Winter time here in South Africa? Isn’t nature’s clock just amazing…?
27th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Mozambique”
15th March 2012 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
16th March 2012 – FEATURED in “The Weekend Photographer”
23rd June 2012 – FEATURED in “The Best of Anything & Everything”