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Life Wonderings of a Nature Lover: July 2017 Sitamani Country Diary

July 31, 2017

July is the quietest month of the year. There was no snowfall or rain this July.

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Looking down into the valley the dry grass is interspersed with irrigated lands. When cold front systems have passed through,

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a misty haze with far-off clouds has been seen.

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Smoke haze from firebreaks created beautiful sunrises

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and enhanced the dusk when the New Moon was visible on the 24 July.

 

Where the firebreaks have been burnt, despite dry conditions, the promise of spring is starting to show with

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bright green Berkheya setifera and Acalypha leaves appearing.

The heady scent of

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Buddleja salviifolia

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Buddleja salviifolia in full bloom fills the air.

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Hardy Euryops laxus flowers shine bright on the frosted lawn.

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Gazania krebsiana flowers cheerfully brighten burnt areas.

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The Halleria lucidas have flowered profusely, old wood heavily covered in their bright orange flowers.

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Ledebouria ovatifolia plants have tight grape-like buds ready to flower.

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Leucosidea sericea have just started flowering, the short inflorescences like candles in the sunlight.

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Bright flags of Peucedanum caffrum, Wild Parsley, leaves are also emerging.

 

04 Fungi Elegant Bracket Lenzites elegans IMG_5808

A stunning Elegant Bracket, Lenzites elegans, appeared on an old tree stump after a few misty days.

 

On a firebreak I found the burnt shell of a

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Common Cannibal Snail, Natalina cafra.

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A beautiful flat Spider’s web was revealed attached to a rock.

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Dainty Hover Flies are plentiful, darting, then hovering close to flowers.

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A perfectly constructed Wasp’s nest nestled near a burnt grass stump.

 

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The Cape White-eyes bath regularly at dawn and dusk in the birdbath on the verandah. In their enjoyment they splash almost all of the water out onto the floor.

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One morning the shy Southern Boubou found a small snail. After beating it vigorously on a stone, it swallowed it whole.

 

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On the hillside the Common Reedbuck paths are clearly visible between the rocks.

5 Comments
  1. Boubou so cute but feeding is such a horrible sight to imagine. Probably delicious to clean looking Boubou.

  2. Lovely Christeen. I must say, I miss all these signs of new life in the suburbs – it is just not as dramatic. Although the Buddleja has been magnificently fragrant.

    • Thank you Nikki! I’ve been away a lot in July, but the Buddleja scent has welcomed me home, very prolific this year!

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