Citrus Swallowtail on Lavender Catherine and Val Crab Spiders on Cosmos. Benji and Danny. Hoverfly on daisy Homegrown Pepper Carpenter Bee asleep on a Cosmos. African Common White (Belenois creona) ‘Iceman’. (not one of ours but now a regular visitor) Millie looking over the valley. Best seat in the house! Hillbrow Tower 16/1/20
Walking the dogs yesterday afternoon we came across a Spotted thick-knee, also know locally as a Dikkop, marching up and down on a piece of open land close to the road looking quite agitated. A few metres further along it became apparent why. Lying on a patch of scrub was it’s fledgling. At first we … More International Rescue! A bird in the hand …
Approximately an hour ago, I heard scrabbling coming from the plastic container on my desk, and lo and behold, the Death’s Head Hawkmoth that had been pupating for the last couple of weeks, finally emerged! A rare treat. I draped a cloth over the side to allow the moth purchase to climb out. It maneuvered … More Death’s Head Hawkmoth
Mane and Virgil join me at my seedlings/plants table. Masked Weaver among a patch of cosmos. Green garden path. Pumpkin climbing one of the fruit trees . (we helped it along a bit ) Tawny flanked Prinia -this afternoon. Catherine and Meeka. Meeka is 19 and our eldest cat. Agapanthas Crab Spider on Lavender Hadeda … More Birds, Cats, Bits and Bobs
Every year around this time toadstools begin to appear in the garden. All due to the heavy rains I suppose. Anyway, someone asked: ”Have you seen the white toadstools in the back garden , Dad”, to which I replied: ”Yes, and they’ll be gone by tomorrow once I’ve mowed the lawn.” ”Why don’t you postpone … More Leading someone up the garden path
Ark. December Photo a day Challenge – 24: Bokeh
We are down to the final two Swallowtail chrysalis and this morning as I sat at my computer, Catherine, who’s spending the day, pointed to the 5ltr water bottle on my desk and exclaimed: ”Look, Ark, there’s a butterfly in the bottle.” I hadn’t even noticed! And then there was one … Cindy has … More It fluttered by – through the eyes of a child.
Robinchat taking flight. Ark.
A rarely encountered Bark Mantis, rescued from the paws of one of the cats. Took him, unharmed away from the cat and placed him outside in a tree. And now you can see … or rather not see … why they are rarely encountered! Ark
After hitting record highs in Jo’burg for November it decided to rain …. for three days, and then the mist rolled in. Someone nicked the Tower. Hadeda Ibis sits it out. No on-board lights so can’t fly in the fog. But at least the veggies welcome the rain. Bunch of has beans. Kammy braves the … More leading you up the garden path. And it all went soggy.