Unusual

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Yesterday we took a trip to Saint Helena Bay (Afrikaans: St. Helenabaai) , a settlement on the West Coast Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Historically, Saint Helena Bay is the location where Vasco da Gama, first set foot in South Africa. The date of this event was recorded as November 7, 1497.

At this nursery we saw so many unusual plants!
Dioscorea elephantipes: Elelphant’s Foot or Hottentot Bread

Plant Type: herbaceous twining climber, succulent or tuber

Brain Cactus :This twisted cactus is small, but interesting. A small cultivar growing 10-15cm across. It will reach 10cm in around 2 years and 15cm in around 5 years. It is slow growing but lives a long time. The older it gets the less it should be watered. The green stems are covered in small, yellow spines. on the right hand side are two pots of the string of pearls plant.

Haworthia truncata var. truncata  (Afrikaans : Perdetande)  has a fleshy root system and is shallow-rooted so the plant can absorb every drop of moisture when it rains. It is a miniature leaf succulent with abruptly truncated leaves that are arranged opposite each other. This plant grows flat on the ground with the fleshy leaves just protruding above the soil surface.

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Black & White Sunday: After and before

Once a month Paula publishes a recurrent (monthly) theme: after and before where you are supposed to show the same photo, regardless of the subject, in both monochrome and colour. This is a way of encouraging you not only to set your camera to black and white setting, but to shoot in colour and to convert it into black and white in post processing.

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