Miss Ellie…

Blue Heeler PupIs a blue heeler puppy, five weeks old in this photo… (above.)

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We name all our pets after famous people! Miss Ellie is named after Miss Ellie in the TV program “Dallas…”

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Nearly a year in the photo above, Miss Ellie is a character. She spends a large part of her day trying to herd the chickens! She has a very annoying yip yip bark, but makes up for it with a cute smile!

She was bred from Nicholas Bishop’s pair, Riley and Snow!

 

 

Spiny cluster-leaf…

And no, I’m not swearing. It’s what this tree, with an amazing show of flowers is commonly called.

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http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142190

The Latin name…Terminalia randii

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On my walk, I couldn’t help noticing them, a bright splash of colour against the green foliage…

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And the trunk of this tree, for the tree huggers!

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Nyamandhlovu wild-flowers…

I found these wildflowers up a flat topped hill overlooking Umguza (Bulawayo.)

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Polygala sphenoptera, I’m told!

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Dyschoriste matopensis

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And this above: Otoptera burchellii from the PAPILIONOIDEAE family.

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This one, below is pretty common – to be found in vlei areas – a brilliant colourP1170118

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Love the little hairies

Pigs and figs…

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We crossed this stream on the way to a place called Kenkando. Only later, did we discover it is within walking distance…um not my walking distance, mind…of Kavanika – another of the churches where we had to look for water.

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Love the little piggies!

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I’m told they are a kind of fig… (the tree, not the piggies!)

Distant Vista

This series is taken driving between Lusulu and Binga.

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Rivers have cut through the plateau, creating these escarpments.

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I took the above pic leaning over the escarpment…eeuuw – and it was slippery from the rain!

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We managed to dodge the rain most of the time, but the light was special. Strong African light, filtered by rain clouds!