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Blue Skies

Blue Skies and Cape Bulbul

Haiku 202

Nothing but blue skies

And chirpy little Bulbul

On sleeping grape vines


I was wandering round the garden with my new cell phone, taking pictures of flowers and stuff to familiarise myself with the camera.

I was snapping away at my yellow honeysuckle when I heard a determined twittering coming from overhead.

I pointed my camera upwards and clicked.

Luckily, before he flew off, I captured this cheeky little Cape Bulbul, sitting in the winter grape vines and telling me to get lost!

Though he’s not quite in focus, I’m showing the photo here because of that blue, blue sky!

And I know I’ve said it before, some years ago in I see Skies of Blue, but obviously it still bothers me, so I’ll say it again.

As a teenager at school in England, I always painted my skies this deep blue colour. My art teacher, who didn’t like me or my work, criticised yet another of my humble efforts, squashing any artistic dreams I might have had, when she briefly glanced at my “work of art” and said, “You don’t get skies that colour!”

Well, Ma’am, “Yes you do!”

Over here, most days, all day, the sky is resoundingly this marvellous deep clear blue. And my blue wasn’t even as deep as in the above untouched photo!

The thing that bugs me is how teachers back then often totally crushed any individuality or creativity in you.

I mean, it was a painting for Pete’s sake. Why couldn’t the sky have been green, had I so chosen?


To see how blue the sky really was, tilt your screen away from you. 



Rose and Green Girls

Roses and Green Girls

Haiku 195

Outside trips curtailed?

Bring a little Nature in

Mini peace garden



I treated myself to a bunch of delicate pink roses on my last weekly foray outside to replenish food supplies.

These two had broken near the top of the stem. No problem; they fit perfectly in this tiny vase, on top of the piano, between my two Green Girls.


post script: As some of you may ask, the ceramic Green Girls came from Denmark; a gift from my mother-in-law. 


A Study in Grey

Dragonfly 1

Haiku 182

Marvel of Nature

Four independent structures

A Dragonfly’s wing


Dragonfly 2

I spotted this Dragonfly the other day. She hovered all around my pool, before finally settling for a moment right at the edge, providing the perfect photo opportunity!

Dragonfly 3

She is a drab grey colour, so boring compared to the bright blue or red ones I used to see as a kid.

However, she is still a magnificent piece of aeronautical engineering; designed by nature!


post script: You can find out here: Ten fascinating facts about Dragonflies.


Backlit Composition

Back-lit Agapanthus

Haiku 92

Like alien trees

 Growing on other planets

Backlit blue flowers



I was standing down in the vineyard car park and the Agapanthus flowers were a metre or so above me, with rows of grapes growing behind them.

There were clouds in the sky, which is unusual for summer in Cape Town, and that, plus shooting into the sun, produces a monochrome effect.


Portrait of a Dog #10

Portrait of Little Monkey 1

Here is Little Monkey on one of our walks, with wild grasses whispering in the breeze behind her. I just love the background; it looks like she has stepped into a painting.

Portrait of Little Monkey 2

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a portrait (almost four years!), so LM has a lot more silver around the muzzle now, but apart from that she is still the same lovable noo noo.



Monet Flowers 1

Summer Lament

I wandered sweltering as a lava flow

Came across an idyllic scene

Splashes of orange-gold sparkling in the sun

Dappled light-play amongst the green


Monet Flowers 2

It is hard to convey just how hot it feels here, when there is no breath of wind and the sun beats down mercilessly from dawn to dusk. We are only at the beginning of our long summer, with the hottest months of January and February still to look forward to! And there is unlikely to be any rain until next April.

You can drink cold water all day long and still be dehydrated. The slightest exertion brings you out in a sweat. There is no respite; even sitting under the trees does not help when there is no breeze.

That is why this little scene was so welcome.

It reminded me of Monet. Not that I know much about art, but I do know there is a Monet and a Manet. Still, I googled Claude Monet and yes, he was an early impressionist artist who painted like this.

Monet LM 3

While I was drinking in the sights, Little Monkey was far more interested in the scents.

The short walk back to the car in full sun nearly finished me off. The air-con no longer works in my car, so there was no relief even there. And unlike Little Monkey, I cannot drive with my head stuck out of the window!

Send Snow Photos ASAP!!


The Frog Who Lived on the Stoep

Ceramic Green Frog

This little green ceramic frog lives on my stoep amongst my plant pots.

Frog and Plant Pots

There are other animals hiding here too.


You have already seen Bunny.

Stone Frog

And Mr Frog.

Blue Ceramic Tortoise

There is also Mr Tortoise, a blue ceramic reptile.

Apart from all these, shall we say “less active” pets; my stoep is also occasionally visited by Sparky the Squirrel, and frequently by Cheeky Chops, the Olive Thrush, who uses Little Monkey’s water bowls for his daily ablutions.


This post is for Garfield Hugs, who wanted to know more about my stoep pets. 


Three Little Maids

Three Roses 1

I find it interesting just how much the background of a photo can make a difference to a shot.

Here I present a series of three photos of roses blooming on my floribunda bush right now. (Yes we are approaching winter, but my roses don’t care!)

Three Roses 2

I changed my position as I took the shots, to alter what was showing in the background.

People have different tastes in art, so I suppose will like different things in a photo.

Three Roses 3 – Photo One

Maybe you like the busy green background of photo one above?

Three Roses 4 – Photo Two

Or the less busy, but still something going on, background of photo two?

Three Roses 5 – Photo Three

I prefer the plain dark background of photo three.

Three Roses 1

I like the crisp edge it gives to the petals and how the pink shows up beautifully against the darkness. (It looks much crisper before being processed by WordPress.)


What’s your favourite photo? You are welcome to tell me in the comments below.


post script: Obviously I don’t have the photographic skills of most of my fellow bloggers, nor the correct terminology. I’m just having fun!

“Three Little Maids” refers to the song, Three Little Maids From School Are We, from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Mikado.