|Swirling mists hide the cliff-face of the mountain, today, a sign of impending rain.|
The Helderberg mountain peak is completely obscured by today's low hanging cloud. An ambitious ray of light attempts to penetrate the cloudy mass, foiled repeatedly by the swirling mists.
For a fleeting moment the very first bloom of a three-petalled lily I have growing in the pot outside my study window, is lit as if by a stage spotlight. I take this as a sign to grab my camera and head outdoors to try and capture the beauty of the moment...
|Tigridia pavonia also known as Mexican shell-flower, each bloom lasts only one day but each stalk can produce several flowers over time.|
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|A tiger-flower with leopard spots!|
The cicadas in the willow tree are putting on a world class performance, clearly eager to outdo yesterday's.
I can hardly hear my own thoughts rattling around in my head right now...I decide to submit to their humming and entertain myself in the garden...a while longer...before the promised rain arrives. I love these cool, cloudy days...so rare in a Western Cape summertime!
|This clematis is putting on its second showing of the season...|
|I absolutely love this colour in the garden!|
|A flower within a flower ~ such exquisite detail!|
Earlier, when I was speaking on the phone, the cicadas seemed hell-bent on trying to drown out the person with whom I was attempting a conversation. I had to keep interrupting, saying, "Sorry...I didn't catch that...would you please repeat yourself." In the end, we both gave up trying.
|...and so I keep strolling, pointing my little camera at anything that catches my eye...|
|Hello, what have we here? Another 3 petalled flower!|
|This Veronica (Hebes) is such a delightful shade of lilac and reminds me of my grandmother. Lilac was her favourite colour.|
|Old watering cans have a charm of their own - I was so lucky to find hooks to match mine. I always smile when I walk past this spot along the path!|
|Every garden needs a resident frog even if only a "fake bronze" brass-look-a-like :)|
I'm afraid there'll not much chance of SILENCE until the cicadas go into hibernation, or whatever it is they do when they suddenly disappear. I think all the stragglers in this season's brood have now hatched out and are determined to make up for lost time.
|For another brief moment, the sun pushes through the cloud and the garden dragon roars with pleasure.|
|My son made this when he was 11 or 12. Over the years, some of the original clay has chipped off.|
|Anyone for Bird's Nest |
|Delicate vine entwines itself amongst the decorative bars of a bird cage which hangs in the greenhouse.|
|Fine satiny hairs begging to be stroked!|
|Spiderweb draped fairy ponders Nature's miracles in the greenhouse.|
|Self-seeded moss and emergent, infant, maidenhair fern find safety in the bark nest of an orchid in the greenhouse.|
|This gardener's dream fulfilling itself in the greenhouse...|
|...100% genuine aging (moss on teracotta pot)!!!|
Now, look down at the floor. Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog...do you see that the bare brick has all but disappeared beneath the mossy covering...???
|Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. ~Henry David Thoreau|
|...so soft and cushioning beneath your bare footfalls!|
|My greenhouse bromeliad proudly puts forth her blooms of the new season...|
|Sharp, spiky beauty - look at me, but don't touch!|
|Myriad droplets clustered like frogs' eggs ~ truly remarkable Nature cannot but stir us to the depths of our being, reminding us of her unending capacity for healing, regeneration and beauty...would that foolish mankind heed her and learn from her!|
"There is a way that nature speaks...
most of the time we are not patient enough,
to pay attention to the story."
~ Linda Hogan ~