ICONIC WARTHOGS

Many people around the world might well have made their first acquaintance with a warthog when they ‘met’ the delightful animated character of Pumbaa in The Lion King – what a lovable character he was! Warthogs are delightful to see in the wild:

This one is eating. These ones are drinking at a waterhole:

The cheerfulness of their bearing – and especially their habit of holding their tails upright when they run – is captured in this delightful print by Hazel Gearing:

This stylised design graced the bonnet of a bakkie we saw in a carpark during the National Arts Festival:

At the same festival were several creatures made from wire and beads – including this warthog:

FLOWER PATTERNS

Have you ever considered that petals are actually modified leaves? They surround the reproductive parts of flowers and are mostly brightly coloured in order to attract pollinators. Of course many of us plant a variety of flowers in our gardens because they look attractive to our eyes – others prefer to plant flowers that might be more beneficial to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The scent of the flower can also prove attractive to both pollinators and humans.

All but the last of the flowers shown below are indigenous to South Africa. They illustrate the variety of shapes and patterns flowers come in.

Wild Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)

Crane flower (Strelitzia reginae)

Cadaba aphylla

Bitter aloe (Aloe ferox)

Clivia (Clivia miniata)

Not indigenous, but who can resist this beauty?

Sunflower

 

MY DELIGHT: PRETTY SKIES

To celebrate the changing nature of the sky, we will begin with a beautiful sunrise:

Then move on to the early morning mist filling the hollows of the countryside:

As the sun rises higher, we can enjoy a beautifully clear blue sky set off by the scarlet flowers of Erythrina caffra:

In this dry land, the sight of clouds gathering is always a hopeful one:

So are beams of sunlight shining through the cloud cover after a storm:

Whenever a Berg Wind whips up dust, or there have been veld fires in the area, we get to enjoy particularly spectacular sunsets: