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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: 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”

Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

The suburb I live in nestles up against commercial plantations on the edge of town. Pre the colonial era and the development of urban settlement, what is now plantation and suburbia was part of a mosaic of mistbelt forest and grassland. Continue reading “Mistbelt forests of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands”

Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth

In Port Nolloth, a small town on the north-western Diamond coast of South Africa, nature comes back most obviously in the form of the pale shifting sands of the dunes and desert. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth”

Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns

This photo shows a mother goat with her new-born baby, having just given birth in the street outside the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in the small Eastern Cape town of Tarkastad. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns”

Wild and free canaries in the garden

This Forest Canary didn’t seem to notice me sitting with my camera in a corner of the garden, and it approached really close, even drinking from the nearby birdbath before seeing me and flitting up into a tree. Continue reading “Wild and free canaries in the garden”

Making a no-dig flowerbed on the lawn

Reducing lawn size and planting for birds and other creatures motivated us to create a new flowerbed last year. Digging up a patch lawn was an off-putting chore, and so I starting reading about using no-dig methods as a respectable easy option. Continue reading “Making a no-dig flowerbed on the lawn”

Weekly Photo Find: River frogs

Taken in spring last year, these Common River Frogs are making sure of a fecund spring. Common River Frogs are very variable in colour, so I hope that I have identified this pair correctly. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: River frogs”

Weekly Photo Find: Scrub Hare

There was one clear view through the stems of surrounding shrubbery of this Scrub Hare remaining motionless in dappled shade, apparently hoping not to be seen, one foreleg extended rather elegantly forward. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Scrub Hare”

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