CHALLENGE 2013: This was a non happening but will be part of my next years work as I work thru the year
CHALLENGE 2012 : Each month I will choose a picture from last years challenge and create a fibre art interpretation of it or piece of it using at least one new technique each time.
CHALLENGE: 2011: 365 days in picture.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
This is Phillip. It is a carving that I discovered amongst the braai (barbecue) wood stash a number of months after my gardener of 11 years passed away. I do not think, but I may be wrong, that he carved it but it would be nice to think he had. It does have an uncanny resemblance to him and although it has taken a lot of weathering I finally got round to making a mosaic plinth for him to stand on and I like to think he is still watching over my garden. He was a gentleman.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
A rare treat, never been seen in the garden before. A new frog. Not a clear shot as I could not get too close and with the restraints on my small camera. I am not sure whether I should get too excited as I have not heard his call yet and am not sure whether I would like a family of them under my deck which is where he hopped off to.
Friday, February 25, 2011
One lonely Gazania flower that has managed to do its thing. I have a number in pots on the deck but there is some naughty thing that enjoys eating them before they manage to open their petals properly. Nature at its best.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Let's add a splash of colour as it is a glorious morning. I cannot remember the name but this is a dwarf version (not indigenous) and it has really remained small, probably because it does not seem to be totally happy where it is but it sends out a couple of heads of flowers every year. I really must give it more attention!
The layer of decomposing leaves and seeds under a tree at the local library. I was playing around with a friend and her new camera this morning and I suddenly realized that instead of 'looking at the bigger picture' as we are so often told I am doing the total opposite and looking at the smaller picture and finding so much more!!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Master of disguise and no it is not sideways as he is running along a retaining wall. A young blue-headed lizard. There were two but they are so skittish I am amazed I managed this shot. Their heads become very blue during mating season.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This is the most amazing 'fungi' I have ever seen and I have had at least 8 or 9 pop up in the garden this summer. It is upside down on the table as the most interesting part is this hole instead of a stem at the bottom. It is quite papery in texture and cut in half it has a soft light chocolate colour middle. This one is approx 8cm in diameter. They have popped up in the shadow of a plant and sometimes two together. I make my own compost so nothing new has been introduced to the garden. We have been in this house for 22 years and this is a first.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Strelitzia reginae, Bird of paradise flower or Crane Flower. Beautiful colours and lines. Not the best specimen in the garden at the moment but the monkey's seem to enjoy all the nectar and on their weekly movement thru the garden these flowers are nearly always a victim.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This is the centre of the rose featured on the 10th Feb. This morning was probably its last day before it took a hammering from the wind and sun and finally disintegrated. It had changed this significantly in colour. The centre caught my eye and in fact the pic has picked up even more detail. Love it!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Yellow Pansy Butterfly caught sunning itself next to the pool. Many pictures later and still no luck in capturing it with its wings out so that you can see the brilliant purple spot on the inside of its lower wing I settled on this snap. The colour is also wrong as the wings are blotched on the top of the wings with bright yellow. Still happy anyway.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
This is a small patch of moss growing in amongst a very neglected miniature rose plant. The rose continues to send out the odd leaf, almost as a show despair. I really must get round to re potting it and giving it tender loving care.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A year ago we had this palm cut down as it was very close to the house and not looking to good. These are the dried out side roots that are slowly decomposing with a mondi grass which has popped up in amongst and surviving.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Queen Mary II leaving Durban harbour at eight o'clock this evening, two hours later than scheduled. Unfortunately this was the best shot. It she had left at 6pm it would still have been light, howeve,r it was a perfect evening, the water was flat and it was fun watching all the yachts and boats going out to bit her farewell.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Weavers cleaning out the seed in the feeders. The poor smaller birds such as mannikin's and canaries have to hang around for the left overs while the doves are quite happy to scratch around underneath. The bird bath next door is normally emptied by the white eyes, bulbul's and mannikin's as they drink and bath.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Spent the afternoon at the 'Stadium' taking pictures for my next group challenge and it was a perfect day. Had to take a snap of the Sky Car that takes you to the view site at the top of the arch. Lunch was at the Keg & Spear just behind me.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Spent the day at home in the garden and while enjoying a cup of tea my eyes zoomed in on all the different leaf shapes and colour green in this particular part of the garden. This side of the garden is quite tropical and for a reason. We have an after-school care centre next door and this growth keeps out the noise and more importantly all the dust.