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Ornately elegant engineer: Garden orb-weaving spider

The first creature that caught my eye on the first day of 2019 and caused me to pick up my camera, was this garden orb spider. Its complex round web was strung across the vertical spikes of a Common Rush (Juncus effusus) next to our garden pond. Continue reading “Ornately elegant engineer: Garden orb-weaving spider”

A New Year awaits

As the New Year dawns many of us reflect on the year that has passed, and perhaps on our hopes and aspirations for the year ahead. Continue reading “A New Year awaits”

Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West

A view up the main street lined with Victorian-era buildings of the small Karoo town of Victoria West. Parallel to the street on the edge of town is a large koppie (or rocky hill), illustrating that nature is still an omnipresent force in the region. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West”

Holiday cheerfulness: The sunshine colours of yellow

There are two dictionary definitions of cheerfulness: first, the quality or state of being noticeably happy and optimistic; and second, the quality of causing happiness. Continue reading “Holiday cheerfulness: The sunshine colours of yellow”

Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time

Mistbelt grasslands sustain a rich diversity of life, especially when they form part of a complex mosaic that includes also forest, wetlands and rivers and streams. Continue reading “Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time”

Weekly Photo Find: The main road out of Bray

The village of Bray is at a border post between South Africa and Botswana. The adjacent villages on each side of the border bear the same name. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The main road out of Bray”

Weekly Photo Find: A small town in the Karoo

Fraserburg in the arid Karoo was formally founded in 1851. This house was probably built during the wool boom in the late 19th or early 20th century. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: A small town in the Karoo”

Mistbelt Forest in close up

Moving in after last week’s broader view of mistbelt forests, here is a more micro perspective with a selection of photos to celebrate forest treasures, and there are fewer words too. (Cue smiley face here.) Continue reading “Mistbelt Forest in close up”

Weekly Photo Find: Small town monument

The small town of Port Nolloth’s history is centred on what used to be called “nature’s bounty”, specifically the exploitation of seals, then copper and then diamonds. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Small town monument”

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