15 March 2008

Aloes



These aloes were photographed in the Elands River Valley

19 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

As plants and in that setting Max these are beautiful.. want I wan to know is if this is where Aloe Vera comes from?
Hope you don't mind a question ;0)

Susanne49 said...

I had omce a post about Aloe in my yard. I never have seen them growing wild. Very nice, Max-e!

And thank you very much also for commenting on my blog!:-)

Bob Johnson said...

Beautiful pic MAX-E, love the colors. It looks like perfect country to set up a scope at night and view the night sky, have never seen the constellations and deep sky objects in the south, that would be very cool.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Beautiful photo.. I have never seen aloe grow wild. I always see it in stores but never in its natural environment. This is very nice!

Denzel Leung said...

Beautiful photo, very special.

Max-e said...

Hi Tom, I am not too clued up on aloes. I think the Aloe Vera comes from North Africa.
Aloe Vera was imported until they started processing Aloe Ferox in this part of the world.
There are many different aloes in this part of the world - I am going to have to get a book to identify these.

Max-e said...

Susanne many aloes are endemic to this part of the world and make an incredible show of colour around June. Each year I seem to miss photographing them - this year will be different.

Max-e said...

Bob, there are many ideal star gazing places around here - the Elands river would be good, but the Karoo to the north would be better.
The best place in South Africa is at Sutherland, in the Western Cape. It is very cold there, by our standards and very little cloud cover. There are several observatories there as well.

Max-e said...

Michele in some areas they cover the country side and make a magnificent display when they lower.
I did a post some time back on Aloes near Addo. You can click on the label for that one

Max-e said...

Hi Denzel, thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Cheers for the reply Max... I'll have a nosy on google when time allows.. ha! I have scraps of paper about me with 'Look Up' lists and 'Find Out More' list..

All the best
Tom

Sonia said...

Love those aloes's photos! The blue sky is gorgeous!

photowannabe said...

I didn't know that's what the aloe flower lookes like. Very interesting.

MedaM said...

I too didn't know what the aloe flower lookes like so I am glad you posted this photo which really is beautiful.

Max-e said...

Thanks Sonia it was a beautiful clear day

Max-e said...

Photowannabe and Medam this is just one variety. The Aoe Ferox is quite spectacular - but you will have to wait until around until June when they flower

Neva said...

These are beautiful flowers.....love the color.

RuneE said...

That is one more species of flower I envy you! They gave a nice red effect to the picture too.

Anna said...

Max-e I never seen flower Aloe. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)