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.
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Cape Town – 21 March 2018
“There was a gale force south-easterly wind battering Table Mountain on the day I’d set aside to observe regeneration in my planned area. I altered the route in an attempt to get shelter, partly for us to hike in a bit of comfort, but primarily to be able to photograph the flora!
Not much has changed along the drier west-facing slopes of the Twelve Apostles since my previous update in February, with slower regeneration compared to the wetter plateau and cooler east-facing slopes.
These slopes are rocky and steep, but slowly the vegetation is reestablishing itself. Dotted in greenery with a variety of species including Protea nitida, Protea cynaroides, Protea speciosa, Coleonema album & Rhus laevigata which are all coppicing. Bobartia indica is still putting on quite a show with all the yellow as this geophyte thrives in the open landscape. Protea acaulos is germinating in the rocky landscape and Asparagus lignosus too, with Watsonia’s promising to put on a prominent display come spring.
Here’s a list of what was in bloom in the burn area hiked:
– Bobartia indica
– Lobelia coronopifolia
– Erica cerinthoides
– Salvia africana-caerulea
– Gladioulus brevifolius
– Berkheya rigida
– Crassula rupestris (on unburnt ledges)
Hiking elsewhere you’ll see Haemanthus sanguineus, Nerine sarniensis, Disa ferruginea, Tritoniopsis triticea among others in flower.
Animal activity is common with mongoose tracks and scat, klipsringers sightings on the Apostles Spine, and more notably the frequent evidence of porcupines.”
Original post HERE
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
1 Month Update can be viewed HERE
2 Month Update can be viewed HERE
3 Month Update can be viewed HERE
4 Month Update can be viewed HERE