Category Archives: Flowers

Tears of a Rose

The Tears of a Rose

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

– Bill

 

I’m taking a break for several weeks, so will see you all again next month.

Keep well and have fun while I’m gone and I’ll catch up with you later.

Cheers Scifi.

 

Radiant

Poinsettia Sunset

Radiant

A typical winter’s evening

Sun sinking to the horizon

Blasts out one last burst of light

Golden leaves irradiated as a backdrop

Highlight the reddest of red Poinsettia

Christmas Rose mid-winter bloom

Splendid splash of scarlet

In the coldest months

Alleviates the dull green hues

Of a Cape Town garden

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post script: To achieve the best effect on the photo, turn the brightness up on your device. 

 

Winter Skies

Winter’s Day

Sunrise on a cold winter’s day.

This is my neighbour’s tree, which I love because it is the only one near me that is deciduous and waves its bare branches in the pink winter skies.

Most of my trees are evergreen, like my Eugenia. My large Syringa will eventually shed all its leaves, but at the moment it’s still looking very green. It better get a move on though, as the sun is starting to come back already!

Syringa

And it’s only chilly until the sun rises higher in the sky, then, barring any storm fronts heralding gales, the day rapidly warms up.

Winter is mild here in Cape Town.

 

Rose Bud

Orson 1

Rose Bud does not care that it is the middle of winter here.

Nor that I hacked her almost to death very recently. (See  I Thought I’d Killed You.)

She just does her own thing, regardless.

Orson 2

The whole stem that you can see here has grown from the tiny stalk that remained.

On the left is new growth from the larger pink rose bush.

Due to the angle of the sun, the shadows of the rose buds and leaves on the wall behind, do not entirely match those that you can actually see, creating an abstract effect that I love.

And if you wonder why my Rose Buds are always called Orson; check out Orson Welles’ excellent movie, Citizen Kane.

 

The Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 1

Yes, it is officially the Winter Solstice down here in Cape Town. This is our shortest day with the longest night.

Apart from it being a little chilly now and then, when a cold front all the way from the Antarctic sweeps over us, you wouldn’t know it was winter just by looking outside.

Winter Solstice 2

It still looks sunnier here than most summer days in the northern hemisphere, where, yes, you have your Summer Solstice right now; longest day and shortest night.

Winter Solstice 3

All I could wish for really, is some rain!

 

Back Lit

Back Lit 1 GALAXY

Early one morning, just as the sun was rising . . .

I grabbed all my cameras and photographed my daughter’s lavender bush as it basked in those first warming rays.

Back Lit 2 CANON

I clicked away using variously; my Galaxy camera phone, my decent Nikon camera and my little point and click Canon.

Below, my Galaxy camera phone really captures the effect of the sun’s rays slanting towards the lavender bush.

Back Lit 3 GALAXY

As expected, my Nikon camera (with no zoom lens) achieves the best close up of the lavender, with a lovely bokeh.

Back Lit 4 NIKON

I really liked how my little point and click Canon camera catches the sunlight, so that the lavender bush appears lit from within.

Back Lit 5 CANON

I found it interesting that each device offers a different aspect of the sunlit challenge. Though the results differ I think each has its own merit. They all found something unique to highlight in apparently the same shot.

Bearing in mind I have no filters; (and, indeed, little skill!) I was quite pleased with the varied results.

And that so far I have managed not to kill this lovey bush!

 

Confusion

Grapevine 1

Peeping out from seemingly dead branches, a few new leaves sprout on my grape vine.

You can still see the remains of last season’s bunches of grapes.

Grapevine 2

My grapevine normally only comes alive again after winter, when it suddenly bursts forth with bright green leaves all over the vines, in October.

The grapes ripen over the summer months, becoming large green bunches ready for picking towards the end of summer, in February.

Grapevine 3

I’ve no idea why my grape vine got confused.

Doesn’t it know it’s winter here in Cape Town, with more storms on the way?

Maybe it was too much sun a while back?

And we all know that only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun!