For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Cheetah - Part 2

For interesting info on these beautiful cats please go to my first post CHEETAH. If you have any other question, please feel free to ask.






Monday, February 22, 2010

Pilansberg - Wild flowers - Part 3

Okay so these are not flowers either but as we are heading for winter, all the grasses are starting to seed and some of them are so pretty.






This very young little bird sat dead still for me for a change. It is probably on of the Cisticola family but they all look the same and are very difficult to tell apart.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Rose

It has rain here all of yesterday and last night, with more being forcast over the next few days.
Being at the oppostite end of the world, we are heading for winter and as I am an early riser, I can see the sun coming up later every day and moving further north.

I especially love roses as they remind me of someone special and with the raindrops on them, it makes them look exceptional.

We have a beautiful rose farm a little way up the road and it is nice to spend a Sunday morning there.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Morning Glories

I never realized that the common Morning Glory came in such a vast aray of colours.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Warthogs

Warthogs can be very vicious and there is a case on record where one ripped a leopard open with its tusks in self-defence.
Both male and female have tusks and these are kept sharp as the bottom ones continually rub against the top ones.
In times of drought and in areas where food is scarce, warthogs will dig up roots and bulbs using their tusks and noses.
Because they are so small and the grass is normally higher than them, they erect their tails when running so that the others in the family can see where the leader is going and can follow.
The warts on their faces (females have two and the males have four) are in fact growths of skin and not actual warts.
From foraging around finding food, they will develop calluses on the joints of their front knee from kneeling on the ground.
When they are attacked, they will go hind first into an old antbear hole so that their tusks point towards the opening and can thus defend themselves.
Due to the fact that they are in such close contact with the grass, they are infested with ticks and in order to get rid of them, they will wallow in a mud pool and as the mud dries, the ticks become encased in it. The warthogs then rub against a tree or rock it break the mud off and the ticks with it.
Leopard and lion are their biggest enemies although when they are still very small, they also fall prey to eagles and jackal.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bonsai

I love to spend some time at the nurseries browsing around the bonsai. They are so beautiful!!



Why they had to spoil this one with the ugly blue pot, I don't know!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What I do for fun

When and if I have the time, I like to play around with the photographs I have by combining two or three into a montage. I am not very good at it as I am not a graphics expert, but I do enjoy the results. Enjoy!!











Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pilansberg - Wild Flowers - Part 2

Most of the wild flowers are very small, some only a few mm in diameter and most around 1/2 an inch.


A flower? No I don't think so although this Guinea Flow might think she is one!! :) She was laying in the road just begging for her photo to be taken.