Backlit by bright sunlight, these funny looking green apricot things are, in fact, loquats.
These are what Sparky the squirrel was checking out the other week.
Sorry, Sparky, these are still not quite ripe enough to eat just yet. They will be orange when ready.
In the first photo, I like how the sunlight outlined the fruit, as I took the shot by craning my neck backwards while looking straight up into the tree.
post script: Do you remember my Mystery Post from May? You can see what the loquats looked like back then; weird looking brown things with white blossom!
Though we’re heading into cooler weather and the start of winter here in Cape Town, there are still many flowering plants in pots on my stoep and in my garden.
This lovely light blue plumbago adds a little brightness to my day.
Though I am finding out how difficult it is to take photos in dimmer light! See the difference in this second photo which just looks glum, though it was taken of the same plant, at the same time.
I am so used to bright sunlight, that it is getting very tricky to take decent shots now that the sun is either absent (clouds) or at a low angle.
Added to this, the majority of my plants are strategically placed to be in the shade for most of the day anyway, so that they can survive in mid-summer!
Using a flash just doesn’t have the natural effect I like. Now I am beginning to understand how hard it must be for those of you in less sunny parts of the world, to take those amazing photos. And how skilled you all are!