Twelve Apostles Fire – 1 Month Update

In mid-October 2017 the Twelve Apostles range of Table Mountain burnt over the course of 5 days in dense alien vegetation on the privately owned lower slopes and in old stands of fynbos within the Table Mountain National Park.  It was a somewhat unusual fire in that it occurred in spring, before the typical Cape fire season. No human life was lost, and no notable damage to infrastructure was suffered. At the end of the day what we know as the #12ApostlesFire was a good ecological burn. I have been monitoring the fynbos regeneration and wildlife activity within the fire affected region and regularly visit the Twelve Apostles to observe changes to the landscape.

Scroll down for the details and images contained in the next update.

Cape Town – 15 November 2017

“FIRE LILY – Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Fire Lily blooms along the 12 Apostles!

A month after the #12ApostlesFire I take a look at the northern extremity of the burn, in the vicinity of Spring Buttress.

Dotted here and there one can’t miss the striking splashes of crimson and salmon on the blackened landscape. Cyrthantus ventricosus, the Fire Lily, is currently blooming on the mountain slopes. A member of the Amaryllis Family, this small bulbous geophyte only flowers after a fire.”

Original post HERE

fire lily

A Fire Lily on Spring Buttress.

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The #12Apostles fire dissipated once it hit Woody Ravine.

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Contrasts…

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Under a moody sky.

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12 Apostles panoramic.

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The burn area as seen from the northern extremity.

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Cloud rising in Slangolie Ravine.

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Slangolie Buttress / Tranquility Cracks.

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The northern extremity of the burn.

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A Fire Lily on Spring Buttress.

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It was a wild day on Table Mountain, with strong wind and rain, and photographing this flower proved a challenge!

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Fire Lily in the rain.

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A charred landscape on Spring Buttress.

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Looking towards Slangolie Buttress.

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Three Firs.

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Three Firs.

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Looking towards the fire line.

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Slangolie Buttress.

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Slangolie Ravine – closed to the public.

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Looking northwards from Spring Buttress along the Camp’s Bay Pipe Track.

The Slopes Of Table Mountain Burn can be viewed HERE

The Night Scene Above Hout Bay can be viewed HERE

The Burnt Western Slopes can be viewed HERE

The Fire And Forest Divide can be viewed HERE

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