Category: garden


The last time I blogged about mousebirds / muisvoels I got a good response in the comments section. I know very little about them except that they are insect eaters and as you can see in the photos taken this morning they love to perch with their stomachs facing the sun.

 

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Info from Wikipedia : Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about 20 in lightly wooded country. These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. Two to four eggs are typically laid, hatching to give atricial young which develop quickly and soon leave the nest and acquire flight.

 

For the past week the morning air was filled with the sound of “kwe .. kwe”, “kwe .. kwe”, I blindly focused my camera into a far away tree where I could hear the bird song coming from and only when I downloaded it could I see the elusive Grey Loerie.  The Grey Loerie is a large bird and usually perches right at the top of the highest trees. The small berries on this tree might have enticed it to climb in amongst the branches.

 

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Info from Wikipedia: The grey go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor), also known as grey lourie,grey loerie, or kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.

Its diet is mainly fruit (such as wild figs and berries), flowers, buds, leaves,termites, and snails. The habitat it occupies is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens, often near water.

 

We have had an extremely dry Winter and start to Spring, so it is with much joy that we received a good shower of rain early yesterday evening. The dried out lawn really needed this watering.

 

rain soaked lawn

rain puddle

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Sunset during summer creating different shades of blue.

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Taken today, pale winter sky not showing enough blue so I added denim to it … haha

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More posts: http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/the-next-challenge-shades-of-blue/

 

I used PhotoScape to edit/photoshop these photos.

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Original :)

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Recently when I had problems with my computer I took a photo of the cables in case I had a problem assembling everything again. While I was casually playing around with photo affects for this weekend’s Sunday Stills challenge I accidently created this cool effect by reversing colours.

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this is addictive one more ;)

rusty bolts reversed

Sunrise … birds preening after splashing in a bird bath.

bird early in the morning (s8)

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bird early in the morning (s2)

 

More posts: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/

 

We went outside one cold winters morning to find an abused, abandoned and freezing puppy who barked at me and was terrified. We fed him and gave him a warm place to sleep. He eventually settled down and I taught him to trust again and we have a very strong bond. He is super intelligent and watches my hands all the time to see my commands. All I have to do is point and he knows “go” we and going for a walk.

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Our black dog, protecting us since 2004. Lovable and playful he has stolen my heart completely.

 

More posts: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/weekly-photo-challenge-companionable/

 

 

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