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A look at the lighter side of life - from the Other Down Under

Sparky Dances for Joy

Sparky 1

Galaxy 10

Sparky the squirrel seemed full of the joys of . . . Autumn!

Sparky 2

I captured the little critter scampering above in the canopies of these large trees, while I sat in the shade beneath enjoying my coffee. It was nice of him to provide the entertainment!

Sparky 3

He even sunbathed awhile, stretched out on a branch, as comfy to him as any sofa to us.

But living life in the fast lane, he didn’t stay for long.

Sparky 4

I caught him just about to leap across a wide open space to the next tree. I love how he gets his eye in and bunches up, coiled like a spring, before bounding into mid-air, propelled by his strong back legs.

Sparky 5

He then confidently scampered at speed through an arboreal pathway only he could see. I snapped this last action shot as he leapt away; on to his next adventure.

 

This is the tenth and final in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos. I feel confident now, that I can take photos in focus (mostly) with my phone. I hope you have enjoyed the series as much as I have in making it.

 

I Love You!

Chocolate Egg

Cadbury creme eggs were always a favourite at Easter time and I ate more than my fair share of them growing up in the UK. Of course, they are much smaller now than they used to be and, in my opinion, not quite as yummy.

You used to be able to buy these here in SA, many years ago. Then they disappeared for decades. Amazingly, last week I found one small box of them just sitting there in a local store. I haven’t been back since, so have no idea if there are any left. And I only bought three!

However, my favourite cream eggs ever, I used to buy at a Transport Cafe, when I was a kid living in the north of England. They were half a chocolate egg with the most delicious white cream inside. They stopped making them while I was still a kid, which was such a pity, as they were affordable to us. But I still remember them fondly.

Do you have a favourite chocolate egg?

 

Cheeky!

Starling 1

This cheeky little chap was hoping for a share in our afternoon tea and cake.

Starling 2

He made himself comfortable on one of the chairs while he waited.

Starling 3

Finally, on finding no cake forthcoming, he hopped off to try his luck elsewhere!

 

You can read more about Red-Winged Starlings here; Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

 

Sunday Musings #85

I just stepped on a cornflake. Now I’m a cereal killer. 

– Unknown

 

Just a little nonsense for a sleepy Sunday!

I love a play on words and the unexpected. Though I can’t remember the last time I actually ate cornflakes!

 

I also love that Autocorrect is prompting me to change ‘cereal’ to ‘serial’, confirming what I always suspected; computers have no sense of humour!

 

My Baby!

LM 1

Galaxy 9

Impossible for me to do a photographic series and not include pictures of my ‘baby’, Little Monkey.

LM 2

The above photo was taken in the coolth of the evening, when the sun had already dipped below the horizon. Even so, my little Galaxy camera phone coped well.

LM 3

As it also did here in bright sunlight, with LM drying off after her bath.

LM 4

I’m very happy with the capabilities of the camera, once I learned how to take photos without moving the phone!

This is the ninth in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos.

 

All Roads Lead To . . .

Vineyard

. . . Elephant’s Eye Cave!

The grapes have been harvested for the next vintage of wine and these rows stand empty in the vineyard, as the leaves slowly turn to orange.

I thought those if you in the Northern hemisphere awaiting your Spring, might like to see a typical Autumn’s day here in Cape Town.

The mountain in the background looks like an elephant lying down, with its head on the left. The cave is in the position its eye would be; hence the name Elephant’s Eye cave.

 

Sun Kissed

Sunlight Through Vines 1

Sunlight filtering through grape vines, as they just begin to change colour at the end of a very long, hot, dry summer. This is an untouched photo.

Sunlight Through Vines 2

I love how the light shines through, illuminating each leaf;

Sunlight Through Vines 3

Giving the scene an abstract look.

Sunlight Through Vines 4

And did you spot little Sparky the squirrel? He was the whole reason I took the photos in the first place! He is in every photo above.

I had parked in the shade and when I got out of the car I heard a rustling sound. On looking up I noticed movement.

Little Sparky, it seems, was watching me just as much as I was watching him!