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nature and nurture in suburban spaces

In the pink: Flower mantids in the garden

My next-door neighbour told me about these mantids in a rose bush in his garden. Three of them have taken up residence in a pink-flowering rosebush and have been there for over a week. Continue reading “In the pink: Flower mantids in the garden”

Liquid reflections

This is a copy of an Agfa slide taken by my father in the 1970s. It features liquid reflections on the surface of the water of the Fever Tree-lined Inyamithi Pan at Ndumo Game Reserve in northern Zululand in South Africa. Continue reading “Liquid reflections”

Sunrise, sunset

This was the sunrise on the day after my mother died. She died on the 23rd April 2018, two days before her birthday and the day before the anniversary of my father’s death. Continue reading “Sunrise, sunset”

African Paradise Flycatcher brings a smile

Seeing an African Paradise Flycatcher in the garden always brings me joy. They are not only beautiful, but to the human ear their chirruping call is most cheering. Continue reading “African Paradise Flycatcher brings a smile”

African Sundown/Sundowner

Our suburban sunrises and sunsets are circumscribed compared to those we have experienced in wilder places. In contrast to wide open spaces such as in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, our garden skyscapes are fringed by trees and the horizons are close and small. Continue reading “African Sundown/Sundowner”

Back to the garden

Although cities have their attractions, I prefer more natural places. We are fortunate to have a suburban garden that backs onto a quiet plantation. Continue reading “Back to the garden”

I’d rather be outside

Just like our dog, Rory, when being indoors feels confining, I’d rather be outside.

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Family story

The story of survival depends on the strength of family bonds that endure, as epitomized by these Vervet monkeys, even in a hostile world. Continue reading “Family story”

Paleolithic

Ordinary objects rendered slightly alien in space and time, in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. Continue reading “Paleolithic”

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