After the gloom of venting about load shedding and in the gloom of a heavily overcast morning, it is time to cheer up by looking at more patterns around us. The first one isn’t a ‘natural’ pattern – and sadly is no more – but is of a garage door in the suburbs that used to sport a plain zebra that was brightened up when the residents changed hands.

The potato bush that pokes through the fence from the neighbouring garden to share its bountiful blooms with us is particularly cheering.

So are the pelargoniums that are flowering profusely in a fairly neglected part of my garden.

My garden – which was a desert of gravel and exotic succulents thirty-four years ago – has grown into a beautiful jungle of indigenous trees and bushes with a variety of textures, shapes and hues of green.

I came across this caterpillar while I was mowing the lawn last week.

When I was driving along a road out of town at around sunrise, I marvelled at the pattern made by the dew on this seed.



  1. Lovely, Anne. There is always something to cheer us up in nature. Your post yesterday was so interesting – I had no idea that load shedding was such a ‘thing’. It must be so frustrating….


    • It is good to hear from you! I learned long ago that we need to look on the bright side: this afternoon for example I had electricity, a good book to read, a cup of tea at hand AND it was raining! That we are day four with no water fades into being a nuisance – there is always the hope that we will get some tomorrow.

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  2. It’d be interesting to see a ‘before’ shot of your garden to compare to the current one. I love your tale of reclamation and the wildlife habitat you created while doing so.


    • Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera then. We have planted over sixty trees and shrubs over the years and since then some have seeded others. Everything but the tiny patch near our pool and in the pots is indigenous. We now have plenty of shade and enjoy a wonderful array of avian visitors.


  3. I would have kept the unusual zebra garage door. That is an unusual caterpillar. We have a white caterpillar here that has sticky hairs that are difficult to get rid of and will cause an intensely burning rash if you pick one up or it falls on you. Its name is: The White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Orgyialeucostigma)


      • I was on an interpretive walk at the Metropark a few years ago – it was a “sketch, talk and walk” event. We saw that caterpillar and our guide said “no one touch it” and explained that it was considered poisonous – not to kill you but some people had bad reactions from the hairs. I had to Google it as I didn’t come up with that name … Googled “white hairy poisonous caterpillar in Michigan” – that you Mr. Google for your assistance.

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