Friday, 30 June 2017

Friday 30th June's Scavenger Photo Hunt list

Another interesting list of topics reflecting June's 30 Days of Wild.  Not been out much this month so have again had to rely on old photographs. 

1.  The setting sun


Contrails reflecting the colours of the setting sun.  Picture taken from our lounge window.






2. Your local wild place 

(anything from a dusty corner with spiders to nature reserve covering acres of land!)

I'm cheating here.  This is no longer my local wild place but was some years ago.  We lived a few kilometres from the nearest gate into the vast Kruger National Park and we spent many happy days there.  We would book into a rest camp for a few nights.  

The picture below is of a group of young Impala females standing in some welcome dappled shade of a thorn tree.




3. Mug of your favourite drink in the garden


We love sitting in the sunshine having an afternoon cuppa.....so far this summer that has not been as often as we would have liked as our garden is a 'wind tunnel' and the wind makes it unpleasant sitting there.  Hopefully in July summer will come  back again minus the wind.






4. My kind of beautiful


I love peonies.  They are not something I grew in Southern Africa but always associated with  an English summer.  So I am thrilled that mine flowers each year, even though they grow in a pot.  I never get many flowers, not enough to pick anyway, so I treat myself to some from the supermarket each year. 






5. Look to the skies


We live under the flight path of planes to and from Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Liverpool airports so on a clear day have lovely criss-cross patterns made by the contrails. I often wonder who is aboard; are they going on holiday, or perhaps on a business trip.   Then recently I read in the paper that the clouds that form from the drifting contrails have an official name....homomutatus or cirrus aviaticusI looked it up and found the following which I though interesting. 

 Persistent contrails are of particular interest to scientists because they increase the cloudiness of the atmosphere.The resulting cloud forms are formally described as homomutatus, and may resemble cirrus, cirrocumulus, or cirrostratus, and are sometimes called cirrus aviaticus. Persistent spreading contrails are suspected to have an effect on global climate





6. Mini beasts


A Bulgarian Tiger Moth looking for a garden perhaps.



I could not resist using this picture too. 
A bee recharging it's batteries on a solar rock in a tub on our neighbour's decking.



7. Rain


I don't like grey days but the rain does not bother me.  Perhaps because it was so special when it only fell in our  short 'rainy season' in Central and Southern Africa from November to April each year. 




8. Something summery


I love this section of my garden......really summery. Since taking this photograph a week ago (when the sun was shining!) the lilies on the right of the picture have come into bloom. B very kindly made wooden staging on three levels so I could get this effect. 



9. Urban wilderness


We have an unusual garden. Our flat is the last in a row of four so we are able to have a greenhouse, shed, two large compost bins and a garden made up entirely of  small trees, shrubs and annuals in pots of various sizes on the tar driveway without restricting access to the other three residents. But as the building was constructed in the side of a hillside which was cut away and our driveway goes up the hill and round to the back of our flats. our driveway and front door seem to be on  ground level even though from the front we live in a first floor flat.  There is a bridge from our driveway to the front door which crosses over the gap where originally shrubs and trees had been planted but most had been strangled by wild honeysuckle.   We opened up a bit of the railings to make a gate and with the help of a step ladder we are able to access a sort of hidden garden, all green and shady. We had to bring in masses of soil and compost as it consisted of heavy clay and subsoil.  It was on a steep slope so it had to be terraced as well.  Here is a collage picture of our 'urban wilderness' with the bottom right picture showing our bridge and the sheer drop down another eight feet to ground level.  B put up a wooden fence to keep me from falling down that last drop!!  With the help of B and Hawthorn I  have now got a lovely garden with winding paths, steps and an arch that earlier this year was covered by a lovely yellow honeysuckle all irrigated by hidden mist sprays. This is my hidden urban wilderness.





10 My own choice


Keeping with the wild life theme this picture was taken outside the side window of our lounge.  A large Goat Willow (Salix caprea) tree had been growing there and we hung bird feeders from it.  We had regular visitors from a variety of birds and the squirrels would come to the window demanding nuts.  The mother squirrel used to bring her babies here and they would nibble the bark, I liked to think they were after the salacin from which Asprin is derived  to  relieve teething pains as the adults never chewed on it. Sadly the tree was damaging the fence around the school playgrounds so the council came and cut it down.  It is regrowing again at great speed. Perhaps one day we can hang bird feeders up again.


18 comments :

  1. Lovely pictures, your urban wilderness looks wonderful :) It was a shame the tree was cut down, might have been better with a bit of judicial pruning x

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    1. Yes, miss that tree. But another year and the top of the tree will be level with our window. It will get there eventually. x

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  2. I love the picture of the deer resting in the shade and that is an apt photo of a Tiger moth. I hope you get to hang your burd feeders up again soon.

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    1. Thank you. Another year and the branches will be level with our window but may not be strong enough to hold a bird feeder.

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  3. As ever, a great set of photos and stories, some with an African theme (my favourites). The juvenille Blue Tit has to be my favourite; such a wonderful photo. I can confirm your garden is a secret one!

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    1. Yes, I love that Blue Tit picture too. My secret garden is always cool so now we just need another heatwave for me to appreciate it again. x

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  4. What fab photos. You have a lovely lush garden and I especially like the peonies and tiger moth shots.

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  5. Thank you. My secret garden is always lush and green but takes a lot of cutting back as it easily covers the paths.

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  6. I love peonies as well, I think they are so luxurious and blousey, but I only have one in the garden and it is a spindly red one which only produces a few flowers as well. Your urban wilderness garden is quite a feat, well done. What a change from what you would have know in Africa. Wonderful photos, thanks.

    Diana

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    1. Yes, quite different, in Africa we grew all the UK summer plants in winter when it was cooler, but the main difference to me with my wilderness garden is I can put my hand into it without worrying or checking there are no snakes hiding there in the damp.

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  7. Great photos C. Love the impalas & can't imagine something like them in our local vicinity. I also have a passion for peonies, but do find them difficult & have never had one flower yet. Now, my absolute favourite has to be your secret garden. Wonderful. Take care.

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    1. Yes I love my secret garden, always cool on hot summer days ....when we get them!! Summer is late coming this year! You chose a good year to not be here. x

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  8. Another month of lovely photos, but I have to say that I am in agreement with those that have commented before the secret garden is lovely but that blue tit is a prizewinner for me.

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  9. Thank you. I love my secret garden but I too love the blue tit picture and taken right outside the window too. I miss not being able to photograph birds from inside the lounge - my hide.

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  10. Lovely photos. So much hard work has gone into the garden but how rewarding. So nice to have a private spot. J

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  11. Thank you. Yes, we love our private garden. Always green, even in winter it is not too bare.

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  12. I always love your stories Jak and particularly your photos from Africa - the Impala are beautiful. But both your potted garden and your hidden garden this month are gems and that sunset is spectacular.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I could not do as many African stories this month as the topics were not suitable but I will try and do more next time. I love my potted garden until we need to water as there are well over 100 pots and tubs of various sizes! Takes ages.

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