I have to wonder if this is a pregnant female? I shall be on the lookout for lots of tiny little baby skinks in the weeks to come.
Turning on a sixpence, she scurried away from my prying eyes!
A skink has graced my blog before in Snakes Alive. They are quite unperturbed by my dogs and only scuttle out of their way at the last moment. They love sunbathing on my stoep, as seen here, or any sunny spot, often hanging around the plant pots on the slasto.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few– Spock.
Picture the scene:-
You are driving quietly through the empty streets of suburbia. The sun is shining and all is peaceful.
Up ahead you notice a flock* of Guinea Fowl. There is one lone one on one side of the road, and about twenty on the other.
Now, you just know this one lone bird is going to wait till the last moment as your car approaches, then suddenly dart across the road, right under your car tyres. So you slow down accordingly and creep forwards carefully, keeping your eyes glued on this lone bird.
Nearer and nearer you approach. The birds have all seen you and are getting a bit edgy. You inch a little closer. Nearly upon them now. Watch that one lone bird.
At the last second, all twenty birds dart across the road right under your tyres, to join the one lone one on the other side of the road.
Clearly, in Guinea Fowl logic –
The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the few!
post script: No wonder the collective noun for a flock* of Guinea Fowl is – Confusion!
Here is a well-known visitor to British gardens, strutting round my brother’s lawn in the UK last June.
I see you!
I was sitting in the lounge having a cuppa and doing a crossword, when I noticed this little chap. Continuing my unique bird capturing techniques, (see Pass By) I have taken the shot from way back inside the house and through a window.
It was only afterwards, when I enlarged the photo, that I noticed that I was also being watched!
Have you ever wondered why new rose leaves first appear a bright red?
Red Roses – Leaves 2
It is nature’s sun protection! Instead of slapping on SPF 50, as you need to do here in Cape Town in summer, clever roses simply sprout red leaves. This protects the delicate new growth until it is robust enough to withstand the searing sun, turn green and produce chlorophyll.
post script: The red colour in the leaves and stems is caused by the presence of anthocyanins, which protect the delicate new growth from harmful UV rays. As the plant matures the anthocyanins disperse leaving the leaves green.
I found this gorgeous bulb blooming outside someone’s house on one of my dog walks. There was such a sharp contrast between the petals in full sunlight and those in shade that it added a great deal of colour to the flower.
It also reminded me of being taught in art class at school that no colours in nature are ever pure black.
I really like the contrasts between the stamens just catching the sun and their shadows formed on the petals.
Nature truly is stunning.
post script: Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object. This practice, taken from older industries, is now often used on computer hardware and software, as in the Ben Affleck movie, Paycheck.