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

December 3, 2020

November has been a gloriously wet and verdant month, we’ve recorded rain on 22 days of the 30, a total of 196,5mm. The hillside is green with a wealth of flowers. The only flowering plant that doesn’t seem to enjoy the wet, cool conditions are the orchids, only one seen this November. The coolest temperature was on the 19th at 8C and the warmest 33.5C on the 8th. Most days were overcast and often misty.

Here are some of the wonderful flora and fauna seen during the month.

Monday 2


Trachyandra saltii


Eriosema kraussianum amongst the rock


Bagworm on Hypoxis

Tuesday 3

Although the light was poor, I couldn’t resist taking these late afternoon photos


Speckled Mousebirds


Male Red-collared Widowbirds almost in full breeding plumage


A soft end to the day

Saturday 14


Lotononis corymbosa


Vernonia hirsuta


Berkheya macrocephala


Caterpillar


Schizocarphus nervosus (=Scilla nervosa)


Dipcadi viride


Indigofera hilaris


Indigofera hilaris


In the KZN Drakensberg swathes of spectacular flowering, neon orange Watsonia socium, have covered the mountain slopes, our hillside has also glowed.


Watsonia socium


Striga bilabaiata


Striga bilabaiata


Wahlenbergia krebsii


Ledebouria sp.


Yellow-spotted Ground Beetle, Craspedophorus bonvouloiri


Cyphia elata


White Bramble, Rubus rigidus

Monday 16

I was so excited to see that an Ochna arborea had self-seeded in the little indigenous shrubbery I planted. Normally I’ve seen these beautiful, slender trees with beautiful ‘dappled’ bark in the mountains, their distinctive red and grey green, turning to black, seeds sparkling in the green foliage.


Ochna arborea


Ochna arborea

Tuesday 17


Cool dawn colours

Monday 23

Although I didn’t manage to take a photo, as we were having early morning coffee a russet orange Slender Mongoose, with a black tipped tail, darted across the lawn into the longer grass, so lovely!

Thursday 26


This interesting invertebrate was on the kitchen doorstep.

Friday 27


My find of the early morning was this large Granular Agate Snail, Archachatina granulata


I was on my way to look at the hillside covered with Silene bellidioides, in overcast conditions, they were still open. They are night flowering plants.


Silene bellidioides


Amongst the forbes, where there is good grazing, was this pile of Common Reedbuck droppings


Soft light and light mist in the valley below


Pill Millipede


Sisyranthus trichostomus


Pelargonium luridum


Vernonia natalensis


A delightful hairy caterpillar


Mariscus congestus


Hypoxis iridifolia

As I was wandering through the grasses I disturbed a Common Reedbuck. He stood up, watched me, then cavorted, before settling to observe me once again.


Common Reedbuck


Haemanthus humilis


Silver Bramble, Rubus ludwigii


Arrow-leaved Arum, Zantedeschia albomaculata


Lobelia erinus


Ajuga ophrydis


Otholobium polysictum


Cyanotis speciosa


Asclepias albens


Watsonia socium


A Bagworm on Cyanotis speciosa


The only orchid flowering this November Orthochilus foliosus


Clutia cordata


Pentanisia prunelloides


Ficinia cinammomea


A delightful spotted moth

Saturday 28

The most gorgeous dawn

Monday 30

To round off the month, the sky was filled with vibrant colour in the evening after a storm.

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5 Comments
  1. So much rain! x

    • and it’s still raining lightly now. Although I know it’s not a return to historic weather patterns, very grateful for the soil soaking! xxx

  2. bewilderbeast permalink

    Without apology, once again . . aaaah! and wow!
    Do you post to iNaturalist.org? Hope so.

    • Glad to ‘see’ you here again! Thanks! Yes, I am on iNaturalist, post the interesting, unusual plants.

      • bewilderbeast permalink

        wonderful! I post for th4e Palmiet Nature Reserve, Westville, group.

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