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Cape Town bursts with blooms during its spring wildflower show
Cape Town bursts with blooms during its spring wildflower show

When I visited Cape Town in September, the tree buds were exploding, and golden-green blades were popping up in the pavement cracks. The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, so as Angelenos are lamenting the onset of fire weather, those south of the equator are enjoying a return to spring, or what Henry David Thoreau once described as "an experience in immortality." That's not quite what I felt as I stepped off the plane. Through three days of rain I could at least glimpse expanses of non-irrigated green, but I spent the better part of the week obsessively checking the Weather Underground app in hopes the skies would clear. That happened on my last full day...

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