letting nature back in

nature and nurture in suburban spaces

Transmuting earth, water, fire and air

Transmuting earth, water, fire and air 

Formed by hand from earth and water and finished in the heat of fire fed by air, this pot from Inhambane district in Mozambique is created using the four classical elements. Continue reading “Transmuting earth, water, fire and air”

Flies as pollinators and bubble-blowers

Many species of fly are pollinators, a role for which they receive little common recognition. Perhaps also not so well-known is that some species of flies indulge in bubble-blowing. Continue reading “Flies as pollinators and bubble-blowers”

Feather texture revealed

For birds, regular preening of feathers is essential for flight. Continue reading “Feather texture revealed”

Purple-powered flowers

Purple, traditionally associated with royalty, certainly is a rich colour in the garden. As a fan of the colour purple, I started taking photographs of purple flowers in the garden and I share some of them here. Continue reading “Purple-powered flowers”

Winter satisfaction

The glossy red berries of the Solanum giganteum provide satisfaction for birds during the winter months when conditions can be harsh. Continue reading “Winter satisfaction”

Ground-foraging songbirds: There are thrushes at the bottom of the garden

The thrushes are as busy as ever this winter. Only two species of thrush visit our garden, out of the 12 or so species found in South Africa. Continue reading “Ground-foraging songbirds: There are thrushes at the bottom of the garden”

Waxwork Chinese chess pieces

These chess pieces in the photograph are unusual for three reasons. Continue reading “Waxwork Chinese chess pieces”

Fishpond Collage

Banded Tilapia gather together to sun themselves near the surface of our pond. Continue reading “Fishpond Collage”

Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests

Flowering aloes attract many birds and insects, and in the case of the Ashburton Aloe Festival, many visitors too are attracted to this annual event held by the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Continue reading “Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests”

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