Aloe striata, a defenceless species of succulent native to the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. It turns pink when suffering from drought and beginning to struggle. The same pink that the hills surrounding it turn with the opportunity of a new day.
This specific striata overlooks the Weltevrede valley from a ridge separating it from the onslaught of the world outside. It watches over the road, popular with tourists, and all the comings and goings. It watches over the horizon to see the sun rise and set every day, and it watches the sky – ever hopeful.