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Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns

This photo shows a mother goat with her new-born baby, having just given birth in the street outside the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in the small Eastern Cape town of Tarkastad. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns”

Being there: The diversity of solitary bees

I noticed a decoratively marked black-and-white pollinator, studiously visiting flowers on our lavender bushes last week. I had not seen one of these unusually marked insects before, but guessed that it might be a solitary bee. Continue reading “Being there: The diversity of solitary bees”

Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose

Although I have featured this plant before, I thought its flowers decorative enough for another look. The African Dog Rose has elegantly showy flowers. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose”

Wild and free canaries in the garden

This Forest Canary didn’t seem to notice me sitting with my camera in a corner of the garden, and it approached really close, even drinking from the nearby birdbath before seeing me and flitting up into a tree. Continue reading “Wild and free canaries in the garden”

Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia

These tiny freesias pop up in unexpected places in the garden. In the wild they thrive in the shade in forests, woodlands or thickets. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia”

Making a no-dig flowerbed on the lawn

Reducing lawn size and planting for birds and other creatures motivated us to create a new flowerbed last year. Digging up a patch lawn was an off-putting chore, and so I starting reading about using no-dig methods as a respectable easy option. Continue reading “Making a no-dig flowerbed on the lawn”

Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower

Another in the series of flower portraits, this is a cluster of flowers of the Dais cotinifolia. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower”

The courtship dance of the endangered Grey Crowned Crane

A practical way of letting nature back in is through the activities of the Conservancy movement. There are nearly 100 Conservancies in KwaZulu-Natal, and in addition to their conservation work, many host activities enabling people to visit these special areas. For example, the Karkloof Conservancy in addition to hosting guided walks, has two bird hides in the wetland where three species of cranes may be seen.  Continue reading “The courtship dance of the endangered Grey Crowned Crane”

Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait

Another flower portrait this week. The popularity of the flowering wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, is well deserved. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait”

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