Festival of Leaves- Week 8

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As most of you are enjoying a nice autumn, we are having spring. I still have a lot of leaf photos to share of my walk in the countryside a few weeks ago. Here is another 3 of newborn leaves in nature…

Refreshing dewdrops on new leaves

Refreshing dewdrops on new leaves

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Delicate- Ailsa’s WTT

Travel theme: Delicate

Posted on November 1, 2013

Ailsa

“Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.” – Oscar Wilde

“Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill.” – Neil Gaiman

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I am not a delicate kind of guy- I like motorbikes, and airplanes, and Cape Buffalo. But just sometimes my eye do catch a delicate thing that sometimes takes my breath away. Here is just a few examples, never seen before on my blog.

The first two photos I took at a glass blower factory in Monschau, Germany. They had the most delicate glass work, and these rose holders caught my eye…

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That was a long time ago, in 2004. But I have not nearly exhausted last week’s walkabout in the field’ s photos!  What amazes me is all the delicate signs of new life in nature during spring. Have you stopped and looked at the new leaf budding from a tree?  That is a work of art…

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The Golden Hour- Dawn- another view… Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

by michelle w. on October 27, 2013

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DAWN.

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Yesterday I missed my first posting in months! I was away on a church camp, and we camped with our caravans. Yesterday morning I went for a walk in nature with my camera in hand. Just after dawn. And I will share a photo or two with you. On Friday night we had the most wonderful sound in a dry land- the sound of rain on the roof of a caravan. And the next morning it showed in nature’s joy…

Here is Dawn in the South African Bushveld, maybe not quite as expected…  Remember it is spring in the Southern Hemisphere…

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Sunrise in a drop of rain…

Where did you find your morning coffee?

Hey Bro- Where did you find your morning coffee?

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Little red spider looking for breakfast…

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An Impala has just passed this way!

Spring is in the Air…

I live in the SOuthern Hemisphere, remember?!  On Sunday, spring will start in all her glory… but where I live, we just can’t complain about the weather at all. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it is already touching 30 degrees Celsius here in the Bushveld. (In winter!)

I am supposed to sit behind my desk. I have 3 sermons to deliver in the next 72 hours! Tomorrow morning I have to lead a funeral. And Sunday Morning and Evening worship services are just waiting around the bend…

But while I am sitting here behind my desk, I hear the joyful sounds of nature. The hummingbirds are outside in the Bauhemia tree, collecting their nectar. As I look outside, I see a new season unfolding in all it’s glory… So- how could I resist the call of Spring? I just had to go and grab my Canon 400D, and go for a walkabout in my garden. And that is the beauty of life, sometimes the most precious experiences wait for you just outside your door, if you would but open your eyes…

Just outside my front door I planted a Day lily two weeks ago. And it is happy there…

Day lily

Day lily

At the front gate there is this bush that my wife said I must cut down. I told her about the beautiful white little flowers, and she argued with me, she has never seen white flowers on it…  I am not that good at gardening, I do not know the names of more than half the things in our garden. So Bridget Jackson and my other friends with green fingers must help- what is this bush called?

Little white flowers bush thingy...

Little white flowers bush thingy…

And then I saw the hummingbirds in the Bauhemia tree on the sidewalk. And I am extremely sad that the longest functioning lens I have, is 250 mm… this photo is already cropped a lot:

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On my way around the house, my eye caught the Strelitzia, a bit worn after the August winds around here, but still one of South Africa’s most loved indigenous plants:

Strelitzia

Strelitzia

I walked around the house to the back yard. My honeysuckle is still having one or two blooms- I planted it in a pot in front of my bedroom window, to draw the hummingbirds and other nectar feeders near-

Red Honeysuckle

Red Honeysuckle

Just outside our bathroom we planted a pomegranate bush in the autumn. The fruit is so filled with natural goodness that you just can not live without them. They cost a lot for one fruit in the shops, it is a beautiful bush anyway, so why not have your own?  It lost all it’s leaves during winter, but is jumping right back for another season of fruitfulness (i hope!)

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Pomegranate bush

I also planted 6 River Bush Willow trees (Vaderlandswilg) outside our bedroom on the lawn, because, as you can see from our winter temperatures, it gets really hot in the Bushveld- we need all the shade we can get during February, when you Northern guys goes skiing… then we have temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius (would that be about 110 Fahrenheit?) The Bush Willow loses it’s leaves in winter, another plus for the compost heap and the warming of the house by the sun…

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River Bush Willow tree- Combretum erythrophyllum (River Bush-willow) or Vaderlandswilg

I have no idea what all these plants are called, they are drought resistant, and grows in front of my youngest son’s window…

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And so, in a space of 5 minutes, I had a fantastic morning in my own garden, looking for some inspiration for tomorrow’s funeral sermon. And that is the beauty of nature, even in the death of winter, there is always the promise of new life in spring.

So sorry for my friends in Cape Town, they are having enormous winter rain, and snow on Table Mountain. And we are having this amazing winter weather, much better than England’s summer!  I hear there is a cold front moving in from the CApe, and we should also expect some cold weather to hit us over the winter. The winter witch gives her last parting shot. But then, then it is Springtime, an amazing time of year in our part of the world…

If you could forget about politics and crime, we live in a very special place indeed!