We hav been watching the buds on this orchid for some time. They are quite ordinary little green pods ... until they "pop" open to reveal the spectacular colours and intricate parts of this delicate lady's slipper orchid.
This AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWK (a.k.a. a Gymnogene) was an early visitor to our garden this morning. He didn't stay long and soon took off in search of breakfast - possibly the eggs or nestlings from a Barbet or African Hoopoe nest.
Have a good week!
OJ - posting a pic too colourful for monochrome although it's a Monday
A steep and narrow alley weaves its way between the houses surrounding the hilltop fortress of Beynac on the Dordogne. This ruelle (diminutive of rue - street or road) was certainly not built with vehicle access in mind, although some intrepid residents do drive to their front door parking spaces! These roads are best followed on foot.
OJ - reminiscing about attempts at negotiating some narrow streets in France
I am reading Deon Meyer's "The Last Hunt" at the moment. A great deal of the action takes place in Vieux Bordeaux - the Old Town where we stayed when visiting Bordeaux in 2017. Could that be the fugitive, Daniel Darret, speaking on his mobile ...
OJ - posting Blogpost No. 1900 and thanking followers for their support totaling over 95 000 blogvisits in 7 years!
An early morning visit to the deserted sportsfield of a Cape Town school - a field of dreams for the young boys who play on the field. Do they imagine that one day they may be playing for Bafana Bafana (the national team) or catching the eye of a talent scout from Barcelona, Chelsea or Paris SG? Dreams are important!