In response to the question raised in the WordPress weekly challenge: what kind of image might help you relax? Images of people relaxing!
This was not your average picnic (but then it wasn’t your average people 🙂 and certainly not your average picnic site). Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was founded in 1913 on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, with the specific focus to protect and research indigenous plants.
The ground was bequeathed to the State by Cecil John Rhodes in 1902, but it was only when Prof Henry Pearson after his arrival in 1911 visited the area of Kirstenbosch to assess its suitability as a site that a botanical garden was formed. On 1 July 1913, the area was set aside for this purpose by the government of the Colony. There was no money for a salaried director’s position, but Pearson accepted the challenge without pay. He lived in the gardens in difficult circumstances but his vision and hard work created Kirstenbosch. Sadly he died soon after in 1915, was buried in his beloved gardens and his short epitaph speaks volumes: “If ye seek his monument, look around”
- Photo 1 – As participants to this picnic we also did the non-average thing of sharing what was good and challenging during 2014 (Egbert and his wife Wanda being the bravehearts to initiate this).
- Photo 2 – This is the Boomslang (Tree snake) a walkway 120m in length to give visitors a tree top (canopy) experience. Completed in 2014 to commemorate the centenery celebrations.
- Photo 3 – Now that Eugene and company is 12m up in the air it seems as if the grass is greener at the bottom…
- Photo 4 – But al least the Boomslang is able to produce dashing smiles from Tertia, my wife Susan, Wilmi and Marguerite and I am sure those 12m down will think that those smiles are better!
- Relaxing takes many forms as illustrated by Marguerite, my daughter Irisna and Janina (in sync nogal)
- While (on the other side of the vegetated fence) Henk apparently believes that a slothful slumber is the more appropriate way to relax!
“If ye seek his monument, look around”
While I am grateful to professor Henry Pearson, which certainly earned that epigraph, I am more grateful to the One who has created all of this – the One has given his life and taught as about grace which cannot be earned.
“When I look at Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4
but that is answered:
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:6
“If ye seek God’s monument, look around”