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letting nature back in

nature and nurture in suburban spaces

This season’s layered look

A layered look is definitely in for this Olive Sunbird.  Although she is slightly dishevelled after preening, one stray feather randomly adds panache to a style where fluffy wins out over sleek. Continue reading “This season’s layered look”

Spring is bursting

Here in the southern hemisphere, spring has arrived even if with minimal rain. The little rain that has fallen is nothing like “normal” spring rains (remember normal?) and nowhere near enough; we have we had about 10 mls of rain over the past week. Even so the frogs are very vocal in their celebrations. Continue reading “Spring is bursting”

Another century, another country

I have been admiring photos of late-summer flowers and harvests on blogs from the northern hemisphere, a far cry from our abnormally hot and dry spring. As respite from our drought here in South Africa, I dug out some old family photographs of country living in English villages in the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading “Another century, another country”

Waiting and watching

This Brownhooded Kingfisher is patiently waiting and watching for potential prey. Continue reading “Waiting and watching”

White Paint Brush: A winter-flowering woodland favourite

Brightening the drab floor of our mini woodland in our dry winters, this member of the Amaryllidaceae family flowers freely. Continue reading “White Paint Brush: A winter-flowering woodland favourite”

Wonderful whorls

The visible structure of bracket fungus growing on dead wood in our garden; the whorls and striations are complex and striking.  Continue reading “Wonderful whorls”

Birds do it – sunbathe that is

Birds sunbathe too – not all species, but many do. Continue reading “Birds do it – sunbathe that is”

Cornered!

Nougat the cat got cornered when doing some high-altitude exploring. Here he is apparently stuck on the corner at the top of the grocery cupboard in a corner of the kitchen. Continue reading “Cornered!”

From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness

I have always regarded this plant as a mountain dweller, as I first fell in love with it in the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal.  Continue reading “From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness”

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