This photo was taken not in South Africa but in Wales about 10 days ago. It is growing in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales.
I have seen Proteas growing in their homeland some years ago when I visited that wonderful country. I spent a long time at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical gardens which has Table mountain right behind it. All credit to the Welsh gardens, they are well worth a visit, but Kirstenbosch wins by some way.
I think this was the last trip where I used a film camera, a pity really as I got some great wildlife photos, but not to worry I will be returning in just a few months.