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Grape Vine Leaf 1

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Tiny grape vine leaf

What do you think you’re doing?

It’s winter you know!


Grape Vine Leaf 2

I’ve seen this grape vine get confused before. I don’t know if it is rain or sun that triggers it to produce new leaves, but they won’t survive. Yes, it is still mid-winter here in Cape Town; and the sky really is that blue!

While checking out my apple tree the other day, and wondering when the leaves would start to fall, I noticed new growth there on the end of some branches!

I don’t know what is going on, but surely it would be better to wait till Spring, in September!



Red Sky at Night

Red Sunset 1

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Pastel colours bright

Last rays of a winter’s night

Set the sky alight


Red Sunset 2

Sunsets are very brief here in Cape Town. When I notice the light outside is slightly different at night, I grab my camera and try to catch a few shots of the sunset before the colour’s gone.

Moments after I took these photos the reds faded, leaving the dark blues and purples of the approaching night.


post script: Many of you will know the expression, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning.” Alternatively, it can be sailors instead of shepherds.

You can read more about this prediction, and whether there is any truth in it, here. 


50 Shades of Pink!

Pink Bougainvillea 1

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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.


Take a Flying Leap

Sparky Takes a Leap 1

Sparky takes a flying leap and pulls a fast one in a disappearing act.

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Sparky takes a leap

It’s poetry in motion

Or maybe not quite!


Sparky Takes a Leap 2

The above photo shows Sparky as he prepared himself before he took the plunge!

A moment before he had been sitting on top of the stone frog. It’s a pity I didn’t have my camera handy then!



Take a flying leap: Tell someone who is annoying to go away

Pull a fast one: To successfully deceive someone

Do a disappearing act: To go away or be impossible to find when needed

Poetry in motion: Moving gracefully or beautifully

Take the plunge: Decide to do something you are nervous about


Isn’t the English language marvellous?


Strelitzia Strelitzia

Strelitzia Flower 1

Strelitzia Strelitzia.

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Oh Strelitzia

i just love saying that word

Bird of paradise



Strelitzia seen above pea-cocking in front of the mountains and below bordered by lavender.

Strelitzia Flower 2

This is Strelitzia Reginae, indigenous to South Africa and also known as the Bird of Paradise Flower, or Crane Lily.

Such a striking flower to see when out and about.


Winter Landscape: A Study

Winter Tree 1 – Gold

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Sunlit and golden

Stark in early morning mist

A murmuration



I have mentioned before that it never really looks like winter here in Cape Town, as most of the trees and plants are Evergreen and many bloom beautifully throughout winter.

Winter Tree 2 – Blue

However, my neighbour’s tree is always a good indication of the seasons as it is deciduous. It stands out in its starkness in the surrounding winter vegetation.

One night it was lit up by the setting evening sunshine and a lovely golden colour, as you can see in the first photo.

Early one morning the light was completely different, bathing the tree in cold blues and turning the branches black, as shown in the second photo.

Winter Tree 3 – White

I love to see the tree swathed in a rare early morning mist. It was difficult to capture this shot as, even though it was misty, I was shooting directly into the sun. This third photo shows the tree in winter white.

Finally, one day the tree was overwhelmed with Red-winged Starlings, all whistling away to each other. I tried to capture them perched on the top most branches. Again it was difficult to get the shot as the light was dim and I was shooting directly into what little sun there was. The fourth and final photo shows the starlings.

Winter Tree 4 – Starlings

Absolutely marvellous to see them all, and even better to hear them.


post script: A flock of starlings is called a murmuration; which is also the name for when they swoop about the sky in large co-ordinated groups.

You can listen to their beautiful whistling here. This is a good audio recording of hundreds of the starlings chattering away to each other, but not a good video. You can also hear the solitary haunting whistle of one bird here. This is what mystified me in my earlier post, The Mysterious Evening Whistler!