Aloe Striata is a thornless, stemless aloe native to Southern Africa. They are fairly common throughout the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape, and often cultivated in gardens.
They get their name from the longitudinal lines on their blue-green leaves. When they’re stressed from drought, they go pink. It’s the most magnificent thing to see.
This specimen stood on a hill in the Eastern Cape, with a gorgeous view of the countryside. You could tell by its colour it’s happy and doing well. Little diamonds of dew collect in the morning, and of course, aloes are designed to funnel any collected water down to their shallow roots, so that every drop could be savoured.
Depending on the angle, one aloe could have a multitude of abstract compositions, and it feels good to be able to photograph such a happy, healthy aloe in its natural habitat. I usually get all warm and fuzzy when I meet them in the field, and when they’re doing well. They really are quite unique characters. Keep a look out for them on your next day out in the veld!