Ground control to Major Tom

14 03 2007

cosmosThe cosmos looks very pretty today…

Local legend has it that the cosmos in Zimbabwe made its way into the region via horse feed imported to South Africa from Argentina for the British army in Anglo-Boer war in 1901/2. I have no idea how true this is but at this time of year it is spectacular, filling the verges to roads and the edges of cultivated fields and vlei areas. I photographed this yesterday evening on the farm where I live. I certainly appreciated the beauty of it all at the end of a stressful day. Cultivated cosmos has some darker red/burgundy colours but the wild cosmos is only found in these 2 pastel shades.

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