Since I last posted about the rain, we had one day of sunshine and then on Saturday night, the heavens opened and it BUCKETED down !
The rain poured down again on Saturday night
We were invited to a BBQ at the club that night which was fine as the fire-place, tables and chairs are under roofing - well sort of. The client supplied the meat and the remaining two contractor companies were tasked with bringing accompanying dishes. I supplied a traditional garlic bread (made with shop-bought bread), a home-made foccacia , two deserts and a tub of vanilla ice-cream.
The problem was not in all the preparation, but how to get the food across 1.5 meters of open space between our veranda door and the vehicle. (Pictured above!) And again, from the car to the undercover area at the club. As I'd just blow-dried my hair, applied my make-up and dressed for the outing, Grant got soaked carrying all the dishes and breads to the car while I waited in the doorway! Then I made dash to the car. I took no chances though; I had a large bath sheet draped over my head and shoulders and an umbrella over all this!
Apparently we had 60ml in an hour.
Sunday morning dawned with no rain but overcast. I stayed indoors and after I'd made a pudding for the Guest House, I sat in front of the computer and sorted through my holiday photos. There are many, as I regularly take photos with my Smartphone.While on the back of the bike, I take photos with my little Sony Point and Shoot which has served me well since 2004! And when we're stationary, I use my Canon Powershot XS30IS. So there are MANY, many photos.
However, I came across a few that I was pleased with and among those I decided to upload and post three of a dragonfly. I'd photographed it next to the dam where we stayed overnight with John, Debbie and children. I remember well how, sitting beside the dam, I snapped away at the John and the children boating, the birds in and around the water, when I spotted this beautiful specimen on a blade of grass a few meters from my feet.
I also remember how difficult it was to keep dead steady (no I didn't have my tripod - it stays in East Africa!) and still try to focus on the vibrating wings and body of the dragonfly. (BTW I have no idea what this one is called: I tried to look it up on Google, but gave up; it was getting near my bedtime!)
A not- so- steady hand caused me to cut off the wing tips
and then lop off the tip of the tail!
Finally, the subject fits within the frame, the photographer is happy and voila! Isn't it a beauty?