Category Archives: Nikon

50 Shades of Pink!

Pink Bougainvillea 1

Haiku 121

Shades of neon pink

Delicate and paper-thin

Brighten up my day

.

Pink Bougainvillea 2

It is lovely to see this splash of bright pink every time I go into the front garden. I planted this bougainvillea many years ago and it has grown into a massive tree. Blooming happily away now in the Cape winter, it really does brighten up my day.

 

Advertisements

Monday Blues

Lavender

Haiku 112

If your Monday’s blue

May a hint of lavender

Lighten up your mood

.

 

The new lavender bush I bought to replace the dead one is thriving nicely.

 

The Colour of the Season

Blue Plumbago

I took a walk round my garden the other day, taking photos of my plants with my Nikon camera.

Red Honeysuckle

With all the colourful flowers in bloom, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was Spring here in Cape Town.

Gold Honeysuckle

It certainly looks like spring, doesn’t it?

Mauve Bougainvillea

And while there is a chill to the air at night or early in the morning, mostly the sun still shines during the day and the weather is pleasant.

Lemon Frangipani

The roses are still blooming, as is pretty much everything else.

Pink Rose

Apart from a few indications, such as the golden vine leaves:

Golden Vines

The only real way to tell the season – is to look at the date on the calendar!

The start of May; therefore it must be Autumn.

 

Honeysuckle Sunshine

Honeysuckle 1

Haiku 96

Honeysuckle gold

Soaking up the warm sunshine

Reflecting it back

.

 

These are the Honeysuckle bushes we planted several months ago to brighten up a new wall.

They have flourished!

Honeysuckle 2

Producing flowers already, they are even ahead of the older bushes around the corner.

They range from yellow, gold and orange, to red at the end, though those flowers are not out yet.

Honeysuckle 4

They certainly brighten up my day, when I open the curtains in the morning to be greeted by their colourful smiles.

And the Sunbirds have found them again, adding a little more sunshine to the day.

Honeysuckle 3

 

post script: Sunny photos as requested by Blosslyn, who is “In the “Bleak Mid-winter” – and for all of you in the North, who are fed up of winter. 

 

Unexpected Bounty

Rain on leaf

Plumbago 1

Haiku 91

Manna from Heaven

An unexpected shower

How very welcome

.

Rain on blue petals

Plumbago 2

My blue plumbago bush was very happy to receive a little rainfall in the middle of the dry season. *Manna from Heaven indeed.

 

post script: The expression *”Manna from Heaven” means you get something unexpected and good just when you need it.

 

Bokeh

Bokeh 1 Plumbago

I was playing around with my Nikon camera and bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo).

I find plants an easy subject matter, as they tend to remain mostly still and don’t run away!

Of course, the wind always gets up just as I am about to click, so the plants still dance around.

Bokeh 2 Plumbago

I love the circles of light in the distance. Any idea what those are?

OK I’ll put you out of your misery!

It’s sunlight reflecting off the waxy leaves of my Camellia bush.