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Rediscovering a sense of wonder: Seeing insects as tiny treasures

Highlighting a bleak future in the wake of the unchecked use of pesticides, Rachel Carson’s landmark book Silent Spring (1962) raised awareness of the vulnerability of nature and our dependence on it and motivated many people to become active in environmental protection. Possibly less well known is the sense of wonder in nature that inspired her, a wonder that stirs joy and a sense of mystery in children and adults alike

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Weekly Photo Find: Thoughtful vervet monkey

An apparently thoughtful young vervet monkey photographed while quietly savouring a small fruit on the back deck of our house. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Thoughtful vervet monkey”

Weekly Photo Find: Primate watching

Who, who’s watching who? A young vervet monkey watched me, matching my curiosity as I watched back. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Primate watching”

Campsite visitors: Bushpigs and other animals

A family of bushpigs were intriguing nocturnal visitors to our camp on our recent trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. At first two females and a baby snuffled around amiably. It was only when the big male arrived that we realised the real reason for their visit. Continue reading “Campsite visitors: Bushpigs and other animals”

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”

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