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Life Wonderings of a Nature Lover: August 2020 Sitamani Country Diary

August 31, 2020

August has been very dry, with more typical August wind. On the 30th we had the wettest day, over 5mm of rain, bringing the total to over 10mm, so hopefully now new spring growth will really start appearing. Despite the dry conditions there has been some new growth and a few flowers have blossomed.

 

The temperature dipped to 0,5 Celsius on the 6th, the warmest days were on the 15 and 25 August, 24 Celsius.

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A cold front passed revealing a snow covered Drakensberg on the 7 August.

 

Friday 7 August:

2020 08 07 IMG_6947 Reedbuck young male

A young male Reedbuck watched cautiously from the hillside

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Stunning golden light in the evening.

 

Friday 14 August:

2020 08 14 IMG_7102Reedbuck young female

A young female Reedbuck feeding on new grass on the hillside.

 

Saturday 15 July:

On a walk I found an

2020 08 15 IMG_7107 Owl feather

Owl feather

 

2020 08 15 IMG_7110 Common Hottentot male Gegenes niso subsp niso on Gazania krebsiana

A Common Hottentot male Gegenes niso subsp. niso feeding on Gazania krebsiana

2020 08 15 IMG_7112 Artemisia afra

Artemisia afra new shoots

2020 08 15 IMG_7114 Apodolirion buchananii Natal Crocus

Apodolirion buchananii, Natal Crocus

2020 08 15 IMG_7115 Moraea and Senecio leaves

New Moraea and Senecio leaves

 

2020 08 15 IMG_7118 a young grasshopper juvenile eating a Ledebouria ovatifolia

A young grasshopper juvenile eating a Ledebouria ovatifolia

2020 08 15 IMG_7120 Urginea capitata

Urginea capitata

2020 08 15 IMG_7121 Snail shell

A snail shell

2020 08 15 IMG_7122 Ledebouria ovatifolia

Ledebouria ovatifolia

2020 08 15 IMG_7127 Asclepiad sp seeds dispersing

Asclepiad sp. seeds dispersing

2020 08 15 IMG_7130 Leucosidea sericea and Buddleja salviifolia flowering

The Leucosidea sericea and Buddleja salviifolia are still flowering

 

Wednesday 19 August:

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A stunning sunset

 

Friday 21 August:

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Smoky skies created a pink glow sunset

 

Tuesday 25 August:

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A sea of clouds in the Boston valley at dawn

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A sea of clouds in the Boston valley at dawn

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A sea of clouds in the Boston valley at dawn

 

Wednesday 26 August:

2020 08 26 IMG_7426 Dark-capped Bulbul

In the cool evening, two Dark-capped Bulbuls cuddled together out of the wind

 

Thursday 27 August:

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A stunning watercolour cloud effect in the evening

 

Friday 28 August:

A walk revealed signs of spring

2020 08 28 IMG_7441 Bee on Ursinia tenuiloba

Bee on Ursinia tenuiloba

2020 08 28 IMG_7445 Bee on Ursinia tenuiloba

Bee on Ursinia tenuiloba

2020 08 28 IMG_7450 Gazania krebsiana

Gazania krebsiana

2020 08 28 IMG_7465 Nemesia caerulea

Nemesia caerulea

2020 08 28 IMG_7466 Cussonia paniculata

Featherduster new leaves on Cussonia paniculata

2020 08 28 IMG_7467 Cyrtanthus tuckii

Cyrtanthus tuckii

2020 08 28 IMG_7468 Peucedanum caffrum leaves

Peucedanum caffrum leaves

2020 08 28 IMG_7469 Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

New leaves unfurling on Bracken, Pteridium aquilinum

2020 08 28 IMG_7473 Dimorphotheca jucunda

Dimorphotheca jucunda

2020 08 28 IMG_7475 Ursinia tenuiloba

Ursinia tenuiloba

2020 08 28 IMG_7477 Eulophia hians var inaequalis

Eulophia hians var. inaequalis

2020 08 28 IMG_7480 Aloe maculata seeds

Aloe maculata seeds

2020 08 28 IMG_7482 Jackal Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard hovering high above

2020 08 28 IMG_7483 Hypoxis sp

Hypoxis sp.

2020 08 28 IMG_7484 Pentanisia prunelloides

Pentanisia prunelloides

2020 08 28 IMG_7485 Eulophia hian var hians

Eulophia hian var. hians

2020 08 28 IMG_7487 Eulophia parviflora (short-spurred form)

Eulophia parviflora (short-spurred form)

2020 08 28 IMG_7494 unknown invertebrate on Urginea capitata

An unknown invertebrate on Urginea capitata

2020 08 28 IMG_7495 Woolly bee fly

Woolly bee fly

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Dry hillside with a tinge of green grass

2020 08 28 IMG_7498 Reedbuck droppings

Reedbuck droppings

2020 08 28 IMG_7502 Reedbuck spoor

Reedbuck spoor

Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August:

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Finally cold wet conditions overnight and all day and continuing on the last day of August!

7 Comments
  1. How marvellous is this mizzle! What a delight – had two walks in it yesterday and plan a few more today – everything just soaking it in. Thanks for your August Collection.

    • An absolute delight Nikki! I can feel the earth and plants stretching, so soft and lovely! xxxx

  2. A really lovely collection of photos, and so nice that spring is really manifesting. And may we have some more of these gentle spring rains to ease us into the rainy season

    • Thank you Carol! On this first official day of Spring, after the beautiful soaking rain of the past few days I’m looking forward to the plants and flowers!

  3. Just gorgeous! Thank you so much.

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