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Let’s Hear It for the Little Guy!

Praying Mantis 1

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The predator hunts

Watching me while stalking prey

Tiny but deadly

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Praying Mantis 2

Shortly after I had filled my newly painted blue pots with plants and placed them on the stoep, I noticed this little guy checking them out.

It seems he was drawn to the bright blue colour that complemented his own bright green.

Praying Mantis 3

In the process of spraying my bronze pots, I went to check on them to see how they were drying –

And on one of the pots, I found this little guy – all bronze!

By the time I had got my camera he had left the pot and was creeping away in the leaf litter.

Praying Mantis 4

At first I was horrified, thinking I had inadvertently sprayed the poor thing with paint, while spraying my plant pots.

On closer inspection, I realised this was just his colour.

I had never seen a bronze praying mantis before!

Maybe the little bronze guy was trying to camouflage himself on the bronze pots, just as the bright green mantis was blending in on the bright blue pot.

Amazing how like attracts like.

 

Pristine

White Freesia

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Pristine white petals

And beautifully scented

Nature’s perfection

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A few months ago, I planted 30 brand new freesia bulbs in my brightly painted plant pots on my stoep. I also have about a dozen old bulbs that I replanted.

I waited with bated breath, as you can imagine, watching carefully as my new freesias popped up little shoots, and then larger leaves, until finally buds appeared.

The colour of the very first freesia?

White!

Totally in keeping with my colourless rainbow from last post, giving up the ghost.

Regardless, it is stunningly beautiful;

And the scent is divine!

 

Giving up the Ghost

Cloud Rainbow

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I guess it figures

The pandemic affects all.

Colourless rainbow!

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As this pandemic drags on and on and on, it stands to reason that eventually even rainbows would give up the ghost and lose their colour!

 

Yes, it is only an unusual cloud formation; still, just saying!

 

Golden Avalanche

Oak Leaves 1

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Carpeting in Gold

Shedding bounteous Nature

In gay abandon!

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Oak Leaves 2

I do love the golden oak leaves as they catch the winter sun; while they are still on the branches!

However, just as I was congratulating myself that my oak tree was finally running out of leaves to fling down to the ground for me to rake up every week –

Oak Leaves 3

The massive syringa tree decided to shed most of its heavy foliage all in one go after heavy storms.

I can fill a big wheelie bin in half an hour of raking.

Oh well, I guess the exercise is good for me!

 

The Winter Solstice 2021

Winter Flowers 1 – Plumbago

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A bleak mid-winter

While seasons keep on turning

Another solstice

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Winter Flowers 2 – Poinsettia

Today, Monday 21 June 2021, is the winter solstice down here in South Africa. It is the shortest day, the longest night, of the year. For most of my readers however, it is quite the reverse, as you reach mid-summer in the northern hemisphere.

Winter Flowers 3 – Lavender

For us, the sun will now start returning; though to be honest, I can’t say it’s ever been far away!

Winter Flowers 4 – Honeysuckle

However, winter proper has yet to come. July and August are the coldest, wettest months in Cape Town. Actually, I hope we do get some decent rain, as once again, our “rainy” season has been fairly dry so far.

Winter Flowers 5 – Viola

Dotted among the text in this post, are photos from my garden.

You would hardly know it is winter!

 

post script: A bleak mid-winter refers to one of my favourite Christmas carols; In the bleak mid-winter. 

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For those interested: Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate; warm wet winters and dry hot summers. However, South Africa is very big and other parts of the country have completely different climates. Some places north of the Western Cape have snowfalls in winter and many places are much colder. Johannesburg, 1400km to the north of CT, has hot wet summers, but cold dry winters. When we lived there the temperatures dropped to minus 8C one winter, and the fountains froze in town!

 

The Phoenix

The Phoenix 1

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Mythical fire bird

Wings aflame as you fly off

Mystery intact

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I heard a bird singing somewhere in the bare branches of my neighbour’s winter tree. It took me a while to spot him, but I couldn’t make out his species.

Suddenly he took off, with a flash of his wings.

The Phoenix 2

It was a Phoenix! The mythical fire bird.

And in a blinding light, he vanished!

How fortunate was I, to witness this extremely rare bird, from my back garden!

 

post script: I think from his size and song, he was a Red-winged starling. It explains why his red wing feathers lit up as he flew away, with the sunlight shining through them from the behind.

 

The Lonely Cloud

The Lonely Cloud

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How unusual

A cloudy day in Cape Town

Sunny tomorrow!

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This is what passes for a cloudy day in Cape Town!

Although this photo is from a few months ago, during my blogging absence, it still remains the norm. Unless it is actually going to rain, the sky is clear most days.

It was very odd to see this tiny wisp of a cloud, alone in a bright blue sky.

And you will all know the famous line, from William Wordsworth’s poem;

I wandered lonely as a cloud . . .

Well, I never knew a cloud could be lonely, till I saw this one!