A close look at the Touws River:
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:
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.
Not indigenous, but who can resist this beauty?
To celebrate the changing nature of the sky, we will begin with a beautiful sunrise: