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letting nature back in

nature and nurture in suburban spaces

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Sharing insights and celebrating the creatures and plants that inhabit and enrich suburban spaces, with images mostly from my own garden in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in South Africa and sometimes from further afield.

Weekly Photo Find: Top ranking vervet monkey

A top ranking vervet monkey loftily surveys the neighbourhood from the top of the roof of our house. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Top ranking vervet monkey”

Animal interactions at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi wildlife park

I thought I’d share some interesting wildlife interactions between and within species that caught my eye (and camera) on our recent visit to the iMfolozi section of the Hlulhuwe-iMfolozi Park in Zululand. Although the focus of this blog is letting nature back into suburbia,  you might like to share in this recent trip that let suburbanite me back into nature in a less domesticated context.

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Weekly Photo Find: Juvenile Vervet Monkey in the Suburbs

This young Vervet Monkey in all likelihood has a precarious future. She belongs to a troop of monkeys that survives on the fringes of a suburban area that is surrounded by a commercial plantation of eucalyptus trees. She has done well to survive this far as the mortality rate of baby monkeys is high. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Juvenile Vervet Monkey in the Suburbs”

Weekly Photo Find: Wistful Monkey in the Garden

An adult Vervet Monkey looks slight wistful as he watches the rest of the troop moving through the trees on the edge of our garden. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wistful Monkey in the Garden”

Fishing spider catching tadpoles in the garden pond

I often see fishing spiders in our garden pond, but this is the only time I have seen one actually catching prey, and I was fortunate to have the camera with me. Continue reading “Fishing spider catching tadpoles in the garden pond”

Weekly Photo Find: Vervet Monkey’s Midday Siesta

After a hard morning foraging for food, one of the benefits of high rank is that you can get to choose a prime resting spot. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Vervet Monkey’s Midday Siesta”

Powder-puff tree: Subtropical swamp mysteries in the garden

There is something mysterious about the Powder-puff tree. Although associated with mangroves it can thrive with dry feet in the garden, exuding a powerful pungency when in flower, it has a lush subtropical presence yet remains self-contained. Continue reading “Powder-puff tree: Subtropical swamp mysteries in the garden”

Weekly Photo Find: Vervet Monkey Portrait

Those who regard Vervet Monkeys as pests probably seldom see monkeys at rest. Any creature that is defensive or afraid does not show its everyday demeanour, which includes calmness, dignity and grace. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Vervet Monkey Portrait”

The cackling presence of the Green Wood-Hoopoe

Although striking in appearance and obvious because they are gregarious, it is usually the loud cackling that first alert one to the presence of Green Wood-Hoopoes in the garden. Continue reading “The cackling presence of the Green Wood-Hoopoe”

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