So this weekend the Cape Town weather shined upon us. No really, it was a gloriously shiny weekend! A taster of the fabulous summer we can expect in a few months time.

We took full advantage of the sunshine and set out to enjoy it in nature. We found ourselves heading up the West Coast to the small town of Darling to see the flowers that we’ve heard so much about.

At first, we weren’t sure we were in the right place. I think we were expecting to drive over a hill and see a carpet of colour rolling over the hills as far as the eye can see. Well, that’s what I was expecting anyway. Instead what we saw was a little less awe-inspiring, but still pretty nonetheless. We pulled over onto the side of the road, as we had seen others do and got out to walk in the fields dotted with little patches of colour.

Another thing we encountered that we weren’t expecting was all the miggies! In your ears, up your nose, following you like a little buzzing rain cloud, but instead of rain drops hitting your cheeks, you had little, stinging itchiness.

Now I realise that I sound like I’m complaining, but really it was a lovely afternoon spent out in the fresh air, enjoying the sunshine and taking in each of nature’s little miracles. And I’m really glad we went there… Perhaps next time we should go there a little earlier, or a little later in September.

To summarise, for the photographers reading this who haven’t yet gone to see the flowers at Darling, from my experience, I would recommend taking your macro lens, rather than your wide angle.

What has your experience of the Darling flowers been?