Gordo's photos from Silvermine Nature Reserve
All photos and text Copyright © 1998-2008 Gordon Richardson gordonr@iafrica.com

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Note: A series of huge fires on 16 to 19 January 2000
damaged large parts of Silvermine and adjacent areas.

Silvermine fynbos regrowth and reservoir wooden bridge - Feb '08

Silvermine fynbos and ridge Silvermine Reservoir wooden bridge and hillside fynbos


Silvermine with reservoir towards Fish Hoek from Constantiaberg - Jun '03

Silvermine with reservoir towards Fish Hoek from Constantiaberg


Silvermine wide-view with reservoir and Cape Flats - Aug to Oct '02

Silvermine wide-view with reservoir and Cape Flats and Muizenberg


Simonstown and Fishoek mountains from the Amphitheatre - Jan '02
The surrounding area has many caves in the sandstone rock

Simonstown and Fishoek mountains from Silvermine Amphitheatre


Spring flowers at top of Ou Kaapse Weg - Oct '01
This area is recovering well after the fire

spring flowers at top of Ou Kaapse Weg Leucospermum flowers in Silvermine Reserve


Waves from strong wind in Silvermine Reservoir - Aug '01
The reservoir has filled and was whipped by a North Wester wind

waves from strong wind in Silvermine Reservoir


Silvermine Reservoir reflecting Constantiaberg - Jul '01
This area is recovering well after the fire

Silvermine Reservoir reflecting Constantiaberg


Silvermine Reservoir reflecting clouds - May '01
Low water levels after a dry summer

Silvermine Reservoir reflecting clouds


Watsonias in Silvermine Reserve - Jan/Feb '01
A spectacular blooming a year after the fire

Watsonias in Silvermine Reserve


Spring flowers and Silvermine Peak - Oct/Nov '00
This area is recovering well after the fire

Watsonias and Silvermine Peak spring flowers and Silvermine Peak


Flower with flat leaves - Oct/Nov '00
This is in the burned area above

flower with flat leaves


Silvermine peak and controlled burn - late Jul '00
After clear cutting alien pines, the remnants were burned

Silvermine peak and controlled burn


Trees being cut around Silvermine Reservoir - early Jul '00

trees being cut around Silvermine Reservoir


Stream and grass in Silvermine - May/Jun '00
The first winter rains, 5 months after the huge fires

stream and grass in Silvermine


Wide view of burned area in Silvermine - April '00
The entire area in the picture was burned

wide view of burned area in Silvermine


Burned area around dry waterfall from Ou Kaapse Weg - Mar '00

dry waterfall and fog over Silvermine


Burned pine trees being cut after fire - Mar '00

burned trees being cut in Silvermine


Heamanthus flowers sprouting from burned hillside - Feb/Mar '00
8 weeks after the fire

Heamanthus sprouting from burned hillside


Burned hillside above Silvermine reservoir - Feb/Mar '00

burned hillside above Silvermine reservoir


Green bracken and burned trees above Silvermine Reservoir - Feb/Mar '00

bracken and burned trees above Silvermine reservoir


Wide view of burned area in Silvermine around Ou Kaapse Weg - Feb/Mar '00

wide view of burned area in Silvermine around Ou Kaapse Weg


Burned areas in Silvermine around Ou Kaapse Weg - Feb '00

burned area in Silvermine around Ou Kaapse Weg burned hillside in Silvermine


Edge between burn and fynbos in Silvermine - Feb '00
2 years since last burn

edge between burn and fynbos in Silvermine fynbos in Silvermine (2 years since last burn)


Group of Heamanthus flowers - Feb '00
6 weeks after fire

group of Heamanthus flowers


Fire lily sprouting from bare soil - late-Jan '00
Barely 2 weeks after the fire.

fire lily sprouting from bare soil


Chapman's Peak and still burning area in Silvermine Nature Reserve - mid-Jan '00

Chapman's Peak totally burned from Noordhoek side burned area in Silvermine Nature Reserve


Burned areas above Tokai Forest and Constantiaberg above Elephant's Eye - mid-Jan '00
burning trees in Tokai Forest burned area on Constantiaberg above Elephant's Eye



View of Silvermine Nature Reserve with Reservoir - May/June '99

wide angle of Silvermine with reservoir


Sundown in Reserve with distant Table Mountain - April/May '98

Silvermine Nature Reserve with distant Table Mountain


Silvermine is the mid-section of the Table Mountain/Cape Peninsula Mountain Range

wide angle of Constantiaberg from top of Ou Kaapse Weg The views north from Silvermine are towards the Table Mountain Range. This entire range, 50km in length, forms the "backbone" of the Cape Peninsula National Park, and is scheduled to be listed as a World Heritage site.

Click here to see other panoramic views from the top of Ou Kaapse Weg



Clear cutting of pine plantation - Oct '97

clear cutting of pine plantation


Flowers in Silvermine Nature Reserve

Regrowth of fynbos after clearing pine trees - Spring 1996

leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron purple flowers next to tree stump

everlastings everlasting flowers in Silvermine proteas proteas in Silvermine Nature Reserve

leucospermum leucospermum conocarpodendron in Silvermine Nature Reserve ericas pink ericas

There are a large number of proteas and other species in the Silvermine Nature Reserve. The different species flower throughout the seasons, providing year round nectar for birds.
Click here to see more spring flowers

The Protea Atlas Project website contains a wealth of practical information and links.


Fire in Silvermine Nature Reserve

fire on hillside towards Silvermine Fire is an essential part of the fynbos ecology, provided the burns are not too frequent (or too far apart). Some species need fire to set seed.

Click here to see more on fire and fynbos

One of the best books on Proteas is the Sasol field guide:
published by Fernwood Press


View of burned area after lightning strike - December '98 (with Watsonias)

view of burned area in Silvermine (with Watsonias)


Waterfall in Silvermine alongside Ou Kaapse Weg

waterfall in Silvermine Nature Reserve along Ou Kaapse Weg
This view is taken from a busy road, but most drivers will not notice it, since they should be concentrating on the sharp bend in the road (passengers might see more). After heavy rains this tiny stream becomes the flowing waterfall you see here.

Click here to see more waterfalls around Cape Town

Waterfall in Southern Silvermine after heavy rain - September '99

waterfall in Silvermine after heavy rain


Reflections in Silvermine reservoir - Autumn '87

reflections in Silvermine Nature Reserve reservoir reflections in Silvermine Nature Reserve reservoir The reservoir is in a valley and forms a natural series of reflections. The surrounding area is a popular picnic spot.


Click here to see more reflection photos

Muizenberg Mountain from Wynberg

Muizenberg Mountain from Wynberg

This view shows the Eastern part of Silvermine,
which covers the mountain range in the picture.


There are several caves on the Kalk Bay side of Silvermine.
Check the Darklife site for more info.

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23 Jun 2008 updated
14 Mar 1998 created