Had little time to keep track of what’s been going on in the cake studio. But I caught this one just before it went out this morning.
I don’t care what anybody says – this has to qualify on both fronts. ( or backs) Black and White and the Back of Things.
Cee’s Black and White Challenge – The Back of Things.
Glad to see the back of Islam?
”Hah! That’s a great shot—let’s see you do it again …”
… said blog pal, Argus after a look at the photo of the Thyreus bee.
Oh yeah? says I. Watch me! I had half hour so I wandered up the garden to try my luck once more. I have noticed that this bee only seems to visit the lavender bushes in its pursuit of pollen. In fact, I have yet to encounter this bee anywhere else in the garden. One for the entomologists perhaps?
Anyway, back to the challenge. Could I snap another (decent) shot of Thyreus on the wing?
Well, guess what ? The answer was …. no. Argus was spot on. Not least because the bees did not want to play along. Oh, there were a couple buzzing hither and thither, but could I get a decent photograph? No sir.
My free time was almost up and the bees weren’t playing ball. As I moved away from the lavender bushes I hear this loud growl overhead. Now, I’m no aircraft aficionado but I know ‘Vintage’ when I hear it.
I strain my eyes upward and then I see it. But it’s too high up for a decent shot and the sky is that awful late afternoon white-grey which makes every shot look like a wash out.
Anyhow I managed two photographs before it disappeared and I went inside to upload.
Almost no details were visible. But with a bit of mucking about I was able to resolve the image enough to make out the ID number under the wing. Then it was a matter of typing it into Google.
And this is what I found.
It’s a 1949 North American T-28 Trojan. You can read all about it here.
This particular model – No. 655 ZU-FWH is owned ( I think) by the South African Air Force.
So, that made up for the disappointment of not photographing the Thyreus bee. It’s not often one gets to see a plane built in 1949 actually flying. And right over our spot to boot! How cool is that?
So off I saunter down the garden path with a smile on my face. I pause by the rockery and there are a few bees buzzing around the plectranthus.
I move closer and there is an Amegilla Bee.
Hope this will do as an On The Wing substitute, Argus? ;)
The weather is warming up nicely and so is the water in the pond. Already the conditions are encouraging the fish to become frisky and with the door of my office open I can hear the fish splashing in the shallows; generally a sign that one or more are spawning.
In previous years, very few of the new-born koi (fry) survived, mainly because soon after koi lay eggs they swim around and eat them! No, they are not very good parents at all.
Around two years ago, I sunk an old plastic dustbin on the second step in the shallow end, and planted yellow water-iris and some sort of pond grass in the bin. Within the first season these were thriving.
I also filled the shallow area with numerous other pots, with a variety of water loving plants, including lilies, not only creating a much larger spawning area but also a safer environment for the baby koi.
Subsequently, over the past couple of seasons considerably more fish have made it past the egg and fry stage – if you’ll excuse the term!
The pond also provides a haven for other visitors as well.
Carpenter Bee on Pickeral plant,
Migrant Hover Fly
Damsel flies mating
Paper wasp on lily pad Mosquito on lily pad
Honey bee inspects a water iris
Building Material for some
A place to hang out – Tetragantha pond spider
And maybe the chance of a meal for others!
And those who keep koi will know they are probably one of the easiest fish to tame.
Hand feeding Oberonn
Although many varieties of koi change colour as they grow into maturity the bulk of last seasons’ new-borns have remained dark grey/black, suggesting that one of their parents is Titan, ( yes, all our fish are named once they reach maturity) as he is the only black koi we have, and now, at 16, the oldest.
Thyreus Bee & Lavender
The heron came for a visit – and nabbed a fish!
Blooms of the Coral Tree
Amegilla Bee on Lavender
Female Weaver looking for nectar in a strelizia – these plants are a firm favorite of birds and insects alike!
Ladybird investigating a yellow Water iris.
Potter Wasp Afreumenes aethiopicus after nectar on strelizia.
Tiny Beetle on Banana Plant leaf
First Bella and then the kitten brought one of these caterpillars into the house. They tend to congregate in numbers but we have yet to find where the pets discovered them. Anyway, each furry thing was gently picked up and returned to the garden.
I think they are rather attractive.
This is the larval stage of the Cape Lapett Moth.
If the divine aspect of Jesus of Nazareth is fabrication who was the biblical character based on?
Why would a real life character be used as a ‘’template’’ to build a miraculous redemptive religion upon?
Would it not be easier to simply fabricate the story in its entirety?
Just a thought.