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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”

Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten

For this week’s Photo Find, sticking with the small town theme, I could not resist this photo taken in Nieu Bethesda of one of the prettiest kittens I have ever seen. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten”

The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation

The Owl House of outsider artist Helen Martins draws many visitors to the tiny town of Nieu Bethesda each year. The Owl House and its Camel Yard is quite literally a concrete example of letting nature back in. Continue reading “The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation”

Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda is another small Karoo Town that was founded in the 1870s. Not far from Graaff Reinet, Nieu Bethesda is dominated by the Sneeuberg mountain range and overlooked by the high Compassberg peak. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda”

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