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letting nature back in

nature and nurture in suburban spaces

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”

On garden pond: Homemade and wildlife friendly

A wildlife-friendly pond even in a suburban garden can really enrich the space. Although we still provide bird baths, which are heavily used, a pond with aquatic plants adds another dimension, attracting other creatures in addition to the birds. Continue reading “On garden pond: Homemade and wildlife friendly”

Feral foundlings

These three kittens fell through a loose ceiling board into the computer room in an office block at a factory. Efforts to reunite them with their feral mother failed. Fortunately, they were of weaning age and we fostered them and when they were old enough we found them homes, saving them from the hard life of a factory cat. Continue reading “Feral foundlings”

The tale of our Banded Tilapia: Freshwater fish in our garden pond

Don’t get exotic goldfish for your pond, get indigenous Banded Tilapia, was the advice. And so we did. Continue reading “The tale of our Banded Tilapia: Freshwater fish in our garden pond”

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