Saturday, September 5, 2020

Spring has sprung!

 Hello dear Blogger friends. Uh-oh. Once again I have been absent for two weeks. But here I am again. 

We had a terribly cold snap and rain on Tuesday this week. And gradually the weather has warmed up. Today has been an idyllic day which, of course, Skabby and I took advantage of. We went for our normal walk to the dam and enjoyed the warmth and a few birds in the area. 

Happiness is...

The Blacksmith Plover'd reflection in the water is higgledy-piggledy because of a certain dog's plunge into the dam 

A very agitated plover on the edge of the dam

For the past three weeks this single Blacksmith Plover has been very agitated by our presence; especially when Skabby arrives to jump into the dam. A plover will try to divert your attention from where its mate is sitting on eggs. They make a shallow nest in the open ground. I have walked all over around the dam, trying to see the nest or the mother nesting. However, the plover becomes so agitated, that I have stopped looking. 

An African Sacred Ibis also on the edge of the dam this morning 

Two weeks ago I was so impressed at Eileen's beautiful photography of her lush garden, especially the video of the butterflies on the Buddleia. I decided to keep an eye out for when mine started to bloom. Today I managed a few closeups of the new flowering bunches on the bush. 
Buddleia Salviifolia 
Close up of my flowering shrub
The weeds in my lawn are flowering as well!

This is the first (and only!) flower on the Tecoma Capensis. It attracts the sunbirds 
Ditto with the Plumbago auriculata
This bottlebrush is doing better than the other shrubs. I especially enjoyed the artistic effect of the sunburst through the leaves 
A promise of spring in the green fronds

I'm linking to Eileen's post here



  1. all of your flowers are really beautiful and there's a few of them are just like we have in our backyard and I also have a dog in my backyard that looks just like scabby but he doesn't play in the water

  2. Nice series of photos, Jo. You need to stop bothering that poor Blacksmith Plover. :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Spring has sprung here too - though winter may shove her out again.
    Loved this post though I suspect the water that Skabby is swimming in is not warm enough for me, despite being a lover of cooler weather.

  4. I enjoyed seeing your flowering plants and all the lovely variety of birds. xx

  5. I love to see you coming into summer while I head to autumn. Wonderful flowers.

  6. Hello. Beautiful photos. The Blacksmith plover has long legs and it looks cute.
    Take care.

  7. Hello Jo,
    I am always happy to see a post from you. It is nice to see Skabby enjoy a swim in the water. The Plover and Ibis are great birds and photos. I love all your beautiful flowers. Happy Spring. Your Buddleia is pretty, I love all the flowers. The Bottlebush blooms are lovely too. Thank your for linking up your post. Enjoy your day, have a great new week! PS, thank you for the comment, link and visit.

  8. So good to see you and your doggie and what gorgeous spring photos of nature's beauty ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Hi Jo! I love reading your blog and enjoying your photos! I've also emailed you and hope to hear back from you! Hugs.

  10. Spring is a beautiful time. Lovely flowers.


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