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Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass 1

This is an untouched photo. So what is it, if I haven’t been playing around post production?

Well, it’s a very rare phenomenon. Something we don’t see that often here in Cape Town. Something we thought we might never see again!

RAIN!

Specifically, it’s a close up of my window with rain running down the outside of the pane and the poinsettia in the garden in the background.

Through the Looking Glass 2

Here is a view of the syringa tree.

Of course, you would have guessed sooner if, instead of a nod to Lewis Carroll and Alice, I had gone with my alternative title: Looking Through the Glass!

Yes, we got good rains on Wednesday; one centimetre. Heavy enough to soak the garden and even raise the level of my pool a little.

Hooray!

Through the Looking Glass 3

Above is Window Pane Art!

Little Monkey didn’t know quite what to make of it. She kept wanting to go outside, as she normally does all day long, but stopped two steps out on the stoep, hanging her head and blinking her little eyes as the heavy rain drops spattered down on her. She turned round and came straight back in again!

More rain is forecast for next week. I wait with anticipation to see if any of this will finally raise the level of the dams. The total amount today stands at 20.6%. 

I have never watched the weather so much my whole life as I do now. Several times a day I check the Norwegian weather site’s ten day forecast, in the hope that rain for Cape Town has miraculously appeared there.

Through the Looking Glass 4

Many of you in the North may think the above photo is such a dreary outlook; I’m sure you are all heartily sick of your cold, wet or snowy winter. For me, it was a sight for sore eyes. I couldn’t stop looking outside, or standing at the open door and enjoying the freshness.

I’m also happy to report that it rained without my having to resort to doing a Rain Dance in a grass skirt, as suggested by one of my fellow bloggers. (Thank you Mitza!) Though I think another blogger may have Rain Danced on my behalf. (Probably not in a grass skirt!) (Thank you Scooj.)

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GOBBET

Here’s an extra little bit of information for you. We had fires raging in Cape Town a few days ago. The first I knew was the acrid smoke I could smell right here in my house. (Quick check to see there was nothing burning in the house!) It made my eyes sting and water, and stuck in the back of my throat making me cough. Being asthmatic, I may overreact to any air pollution, but still, it was bad. Looking outside, you could see that distinct yellow tinge to what looked like clouds, but was actually smoke.

One of the fires started at Skeleton Gorge above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. At first it was thought that it was arson. Sadly a lot of fires are started this way.

However, further investigation revealed that this particular fire had natural causes; a massive rock fall. Apparently some large boulders had come loose and crashed down the mountainside, causing sparks as they hit other rocks. This was enough to ignite the bone-dry grasses and veld. Fire!

The firefighters are amazing and quickly extinguished that fire, only to have it flare up again and again over the next few days as it spread to other areas.

So the good rains on Wednesday were very welcome. Hopefully they have put out the fires for good now.

We live miles away from those fires and it was bad enough here; I can only imagine how horrible it was for the people living right there and the poor firefighters themselves.

I am surprised we have not had more fires, with our hot temperatures and the vegetation so dry from the drought. Hopefully we will get even more rain now as we head into winter and our rainy season.

But if any of you wish to perform a Rain Dance on our behalf, please feel free!

 

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To See the World in a Drop of Rain

Raindrop 1

 

To see the World in a drop of rain

Mysteries of the Universe

Swirl within your milky depths

Difficult to comprehend

The gift of life you bring

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More precious than liquid gold

Your welcome kiss in short supply

Bathes each petal and blade of grass

Throwing a lifeline to survival

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Water is Life

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Raindrop 2

Transformed by a little rain in my garden last week, some of my plants hang on to life by the slimmest of threads.

 

The Return of Miss Lily

Surprise Lily 1

This one always catches me by surprise: every year. Aptly named the Surprise Lily!

Her real name is Nerine Bowdenii.

I don’t normally go through the side gate, but I wanted to fetch the big wheelie bin so I could put in the tree prunings I’d done the other day and rake up under the back yard trees before our bin collection. So I wasn’t having a very great time; work you know; gardening in the heat!

Surprise Lily 2

This made the sudden appearance of my little Lily even more enjoyable.

You may be wondering what is so unusual about spring flowers bursting forth at this time of year. But this is Cape Town and we’re heading into winter.

She also seems bigger than last year, which is really good news considering our continuing drought after the third year of low winter rain falls.

Surprise Lily 3

In my previous Lily posts, there was one stalk only in April 2016 Nikon-ography #8 and two stalks in February 2017 Look who’s back. This year, March 2018, there are five stalks.

This is why I love Nature so much! If we leave things be, often they will flourish.

 

Faded Beauty

Old Rose

Faded Beauty

Your skirts are faded

Tattered and torn

Spotted with age

And all forlorn

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Withered and tired

You hang your head

Maybe you’re thinking

Better off dead

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My dear don’t you know

Can you not see

How lovely you are

Far more so than we

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I found this old rose on my floribunda rose bush the other day. There are still new rose buds appearing, but it was this withered rose that caught my eye.

 

Bokeh

Bokeh 1 Plumbago

I was playing around with my Nikon camera and bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo).

I find plants an easy subject matter, as they tend to remain mostly still and don’t run away!

Of course, the wind always gets up just as I am about to click, so the plants still dance around.

Bokeh 2 Plumbago

I love the circles of light in the distance. Any idea what those are?

OK I’ll put you out of your misery!

It’s sunlight reflecting off the waxy leaves of my Camellia bush.

 

The Plant that Lived!

Geranium

Here is my little pink geranium plant. It starred in my post The Plant that Lived Under the Chair last May.

The chair got moved – we were sitting on it under the trees – and Little Monkey ran hell for leather right through the plant, which is why the chair was there in the first place!

Somehow it survived long enough for me to notice the poor shrivelled thing hanging on by a thread of root and tuck it back up in the soil and water it.

Thanks LM!