The festive season is rather different in the southern hemisphere; instead of fields of snow we have fields of gold! The heliochrysums (helio = sun, chrysum = gold) are spectacular this year and nowhere more so than on the Haenertsburg Common, the grassland that surrounds our village. My weekly pic features them in my meadow, but here they stretch as far as the eye can see. Ironically for something so common, it is difficult to identify positively, and my sources are definitely contradictory, but I think it is Helichrysum pallidum. You can read more about our village and its unique Common and its ecology here.
Anyway, rather than the conventional Christmas imagery, I choose this heart-warming view to share with you and to wish you all the best for the season; may it be a time of refreshment for the spirit.