Painted Lady on Marigold. 25/2/17 Was doing a spot of gardening down the side of the house before lunch when this pretty thing showed up. They tend to hang around for a while so I had time to wash my hands, wander to the office, get my camera, and come back and take a … More It fluttered by …
Found this beauty sitting on the driveway by the garage, gently flapping her wings. After a few shots she took flight and headed over the garden where she landed among the Strelitzias. I think she may have recently emerged from a cocoon. Citrus Swallowtail. Paula’s Thursday Special post,
A varied selection of some of the species of dragon flies that visit the Ark’s Red Veined Dropwing Kirby’s Dropwing Pantella Orange Winged Dropwing Pantella For Paula’s Thursday Special – Focus Please pop over and visit her site. There are some really smashing photos.
It is still raining …. this is now around four days of practically non-stop rain, thanks to Cyclone Dineo. We’ve had torrential downpour, minor drizzle and everything in between. Johannesburg – and most of the country – is currently one big Squelch! Here’s a few non-sunny photos taken during the occasional foray outside. Fungi in … More Leading you up the garden path.
The garden is a bit like a bog at the moment with us receiving the tail end of Cyclone Dineo. So when I was asked to get some Basil for dinner I anticipated I might need Wellies … or even a canoe. Fortunately the drainage in the garden is pretty good, so it was just … More Incy Wincy … another tiny friend.
Citrus Swallowtail . After the Butterfly has laid its egg the newly hatched larvae soon looks like this … Bird droppings! , As a rule, it is in plain sight, on top of a leaf, as you, and presumably any potential predator, would expect a bird dropping to be . The perfect disguise! (The photograph … More Leading you up the garden path. May you Rue the day.
Wally Fry Hi Ark You said “Would you like to read the testimony of several adult deconverts who to this day suffer from certain aspects of their former faith? Where they are advised to check for trigger warnings when reading certain religious material? You may consider this nonsense, but you would be regarded as somewhat … More On deconversion: Trigger Warning(s)
…or just to the shops. Whatever it was, it seems that Cindy the dog didn’t see the funny side of it. Ark
I have never read Dawkin’s book, The God Delusion, but there is now ”The Movie”, spliced from the documentary series first aired on Channel 4, which I had previously seen bits of. I was absolutely gobsmacked watching this. Because of work/time constraints I watched it over a few days and this also helped me absorb … More A dangerous virus
”… any faith founded on fear of punishment on the one hand, and the expectation of reward on the other is an indication of a very juvenile state of mind.” Author (currently) unknown. With thanks to Tish Farrell for supplying the quote.
There is only one transcendent source of all life. We can argue about the specifics of his character and nature. That’s religion. Or there is no transcendent source of life. In which case, how did we get here? Professional Comedian and Christian Fundamentalist, John Branyan
Gazing from the Gazania. Beautiful Two Striped Skimmer. Fungi – unknown species. The past week has seen quite heavy rains and the garden, including parts of the lawn, have suddenly sprouted several varieties of fungi ( Mushroom, Toadstool?) Here’s another one… Migrant Hover Fly on Lemon Verbena Discarded pottery. One for the archaeologists? I should … More Leading you up the garden path. Bits and Bobs.
Queen Street, Kensington. Outside The Real Macaw; the pet-shop. All the wood in the background belongs to a business called The Yard which specializes largely in old furniture. Checking the bird cages Sadly, the coffee shop/bakery has recently closed down. Having a stretch and a smile before business gets under way. Sanding a table. Outside Granny’s … More A few More Street
I thought readers might be interested in following this morality thread a bit further. I next posed this particular question to the person who is, apparently, a devout Christian and is trying to champion the morality of the Christian god , ”God” (Yahweh/Jesus) Here’s a very simple method to determine not only your god’s morality … More ”God” – Yahweh/Jesus and Morality … part Deux.
Without God, morality is arbitrary. There is no objective Standard without God. This was posted by a Christian, so the god she refers to is obviously Yahweh/Jesus. What I would like to know is this: How is it that, with the Christian god, morality is not arbitrary. Exactly what are the objective standards set by the … More Morality. No Yahweh …. no standard