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

Ultra Pink!

Pink Rose 1

No need to enhance this photo; Nature does it all.

Pink Rose 2

My daughter’s floribunda rose bush produces the most glorious pink blooms.

Pink Rose 3

Even in mid-winter!

 

post script: It is winter right now here in Cape Town South Africa.

 

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Dawn Over Suburbia

Dawn Moonrise 1

The upside of a clear morning sky is that you get to see the moon rise.

The downside is that, because there are virtually no clouds, it is freezing! (Winter here in Cape Town.)

A short while later I walked Little Monkey, with my gloved hands in my pockets and my breath billowing out in front of me. LM, old dog that she is, stopped to sniff every – single – scent, while I froze!

Dawn Moonrise 2

And if you’re very careful, you can catch a falling star – or moon! – on the telephone wire!

 

Dew Dream

Dew 1

 

Dew Dream

If you look quickly

Right down on the ground

You might catch a glimpse

Where fairies abound

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Dew 2

See that slight flicker

Corner of your eye

A glint of red-gold

Just before they fly

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Dew 3

Oh no you’re too late

They’re gone in a flash

And all that is left

Is you and the grass!

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Dew 4

It was lovely to see these sparkling diamonds all over my lawn after some good rains.

In real life there were all sorts of colours; orange, blue and purple. However, when this was processed through my camera, they mostly turned to white sparkles.

So, it is impossible to capture fairies – even in a photo!

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post script: For those of you who cannot make the last verse rhyme, I have a northern English accent with the short ‘a’ for grass, not graaaass. 

 

High Above Me

Crow 1

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?

It’s SuperCrow!

I heard one crow cawing high above me as I was bringing in the washing one afternoon. I craned my neck back and saw it circling round and round.

Crow 2

It was soon joined by another crow and then another. I dashed inside for my trusty Canon and leaning right back took a few photos of what looked to me like clear blue skies. I knew the crows were circling away up there because I could still hear them cawing now and then, but they were far away and very hard to see.

Crow 3

However, I did manage to catch all five of them in one shot in the end.

They are Pied Crows, quite large birds around 50 cm in length.

Crow 4

Then after all their aerial manoeuvres they flew off into the deep blue sky. I bet all you can see in the photo above is just that! I assure you there are some birds there.

 

post script: The collective noun for a flock of crows is a Murder or Horde of crows.

And because you are probably thinking of it, here is a link to the song by Tal Bachman, She’s so High.

 

Discarded

Golden Honeysuckle 1

 

Discarded

Petals fall with icy rain

Discarded like old news

Maybe now it’s winter

There’s nothing left to lose

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Dancing wildly in the wind

You shed your golden crown

Then with great aplomb you go

And grow another gown

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Golden Honeysuckle 2

This golden honeysuckle was one of three plants I bought recently to brighten up a new wall. It seems to be a different variety to my usual honeysuckle though, as it is growing straight up rather than bushing out.

Golden Honeysuckle 3

The first thing it did once I’d planted it was shed its lovely bright flowers.

It was fine though, as it instantly began producing more.