Category Archives: Nature

The Leaves That are Green

Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 1

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The leaves that are green

Finally turn to yellow

Flutter to the ground

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Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 2

My apple tree is running a little behind the rest of the garden. I look out and see the tree is still covered in green leaves, but at least some are now falling. The oak tree and syringa have been bare for a while now.

Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 3

All the rest of the garden is green or in full bloom, like my poinsettia, camellia and honeysuckle.

Winter is weird in the Western Cape!

 

You can listen to Simon and Garfunkel singing “The leaves that are green.”

 

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Wake Up Call!

Who Me? – Olive Thrush 4

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What is wrong with you?

There’s not a light in the sky

My Arch Nemesis!

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It is pitch black here in Cape Town at 05.30.

Not a creature is stirring; not even a mouse.

But my Arch Nemesis, the cheeky Olive Thrush, has decided it is morning and is singing his little heart out.

Very Loudly!

A Wake Up Call indeed!

 

Monkey Nuts!

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 1

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Hunting for treasure

Monkey nuts for a monkey!

Sparky on my stoep

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Sparky the squirrel regularly stops by our stoep and looks for us. When we see him, we throw a few nuts out. He grabs one and immediately runs off to bury it, then comes back for more.

Why do we not leave some nuts out for him? Because a large rat has also been stopping by! 

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 2

In the second photo you can see that Sparky hunts for the nut by scent. It is right there in front of him, but he still sniffs it out.

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My long-time followers will notice one very important thing in the photos.

Yes! The stoep is wet!

We have had a little rain lately and even if it only drizzles, it may do so for a few hours, which all adds up. The lawn particularly is very happy!

 

Carpets of Rose Gold

Camellia and Apple Tree Leaves 1

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Spring, Summer, Autumn?

Fallen Carpets of Rose Gold

Winter Wonderland

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In the photo above, I took the shot into the sun and by lucky chance my trusty Canon produced the lovely rose gold carpet effect.

Camellia and Apple Tree Leaves 2

Just as my apple tree finally decides to shed its golden leaves, my camellia bush is in full bloom, also shedding many rose petals.

This is mid-winter in the Western Cape.

 

post script: Rose Gold is an alloy of yellow gold, copper and silver. The copper provides the red colour and the silver tones it down to produce the rose colour.

 

Ducks cannot read!

Ducks swimming

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Swimming unaware

Can’t you read the danger sign?

Effluent waters!

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Ducks swimming 2 – No Swimming Sign

Since these ducks cannot read, they swim regardless. I guess it goes hand in hand with their quack having no echo!

Ducks swimming 3

Still, they looked perfectly healthy – and happy!

 

post script: We met a man while walking round the wine estate and he told us that this little pond had filled up 18 inches with the recent rain. However, you can see that it is still seriously empty, as are all our proper dams.

 

Ladybird!

Ladybird 1

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Before you fly home

Stop by my roses a while

Welcome visitor!

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Ladybird 2

Just the other day I was lamenting that it is yonks since I last saw a Ladybird in my garden. The next day my husband found this little lass, who the wind had blown into our lounge!

Ladybird 3

We gently transferred her onto the rose bush.

I hope she settles down for a lengthy stay and can keep the aphids from eating my roses!

Ladybird 4

 

I’m sure you all know the nursery rhyme, which dates back to 1744:

Ladybird Ladybird

Fly away home

Your house is on fire

And your children have flown.

 

A View With Room!

Vineyard Open Spaces 1

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A room with a view?

Open to the horizon

Views with lots of room!

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Vineyard Open Spaces 2

These photos are from a local wine estate on a winter’s morning this week in Cape Town.

Vineyard Open Spaces 3

You can see that the vines are taking a little rest before resuming their task of producing tons of delicious grapes to make excellent South African wines.

Vineyard Open Spaces 4

Yes, Cape Town is the most beautiful place in the world!

 

post script: A Room with a View is a novel written in 1908 by E. M. Forster.