The temperature has reached 36°C, turning the outside air into a furnace. The brick paving shaded by the house radiates heat, while the bricks still in the sun are too hot to walk on barefoot.

What is left of the lawn grass crunches underfoot.

It hasn’t rained for months and the sky obstinately remains a beautiful clear blue.

Not a leaf stirs, only the heat waves bouncing off the walls and the brick paving. The Hadeda Ibises sitting on their nest in the Natal Fig tree keep making ‘bib-bib’ sounds.

A Cape Weaver drinks deeply from the nectar feeder, arriving and leaving silently as if there is no energy left to make a sound.

A hot breeze sets a few leaves in motion and then dies abruptly. Hark! There is a wisp of cloud creating patterns in the sky!

It dissipates while I watch. A young Common Fiscal seeks food on the hard-baked ground then flies into the shrubbery, its quest unsuccessful.

Nothing stays in the direct sunlight for long.

20 thoughts on “A HOT SUMMER AFTERNOON

  1. Are they the usual, normal, conditions for this time of year or is it getting hotter each year? Here in the UK at the moment, it’s like a spring day which is very strange.


    • Weather patterns do seem to be getting out of kilter. What is unusual is that we have had no decent rain for months. The average rainfall we could expect for December is 65mm; we have had 5mm coming in the form of such light precipitation that the ground under large trees remained dry!

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      • In the garden yes, but obviously not in the wild. The dam below our house is almost dry but there is still enough water for the roaming cattle to drink.


  2. The photograph of the cape weaver and your words about it are special. Also very effective in portraying what the hot and dry conditions do to inhabitants.


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