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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

A FLORAL SURPRISE


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.

OJ

 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

PIED KINGFISHER


A female PIED KINGFISHER surveys the pools below her rock at Nahoon for small fish.  Like all fishermen her optimism knows no bounds - however in the time I watched her, nothing was caught.

OJ - watching kingfishers at low tide at Nahoon Beach

 

Monday, 14 June 2021

MONDAY MORNING VISITOR


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


 

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

AN ALLEY IN BEYNAC


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

 

Monday, 7 June 2021

MONOCHROME MONDAY #149 - VIEUX BORDEAUX


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!


 

Friday, 4 June 2021

FIELD OF DREAMS


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!

Thank you AJM for the photo - great shot!

OJ - going through a blanc et noir phase

 

Thursday, 3 June 2021

SNOW FALL


Winter has arrived with a generous snow fall on the Drakensberg.  I don't know if there's snow at Hogsback, but it certainly feels like it.

The photo above was taken in 2009.

OJ - wondering if there's snow at Hogsback