Underwater gardens…

I find little bits of nature that I want to take home, add to my garden…of course I can’t, so I take photos instead. These were little ‘gardens’ underwater, growing in amongst the rocks and the crashing waves.Underwater gardens

I couldn’t have arranged it better if I tried..

Underwater gardensThose little thingies at the water level are hell on your feet walking on the rocks!

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Moulds and things…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALove the dank smell of stagnant water. It’s almost un(smelled) of in dry, dry Matabeleland. And the misty rain of course! I think the red things are a kind of sundew, similar to the ones I discovered high up in the Matopos recently.

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I admit to trying to be clever in the above photograph. I’m practicing my ‘focusing’ and what I wanted to achieve came off in this shot. The wide focused one is pretty boring so I didn’t post!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThings mould in the Tsitsikama Forest – its wet and fungi like these love it here as do mosses and ferns…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHeaven only knows what this is – or if its edible!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the white against green in this pic…

 

Nature’s gardens…

I often come across areas in the bush I’d like to take up and put in my garden. I can’t of course! So I photograph them instead.

Usually I sit there for a time, commune with nature. I found this one right up high in the Matopos.

What was very unusual, not only so high up, but also in dry Matabeleland, was that we found water…and all the animals and plants that go with this life sustaining resource.

This red carnivorous plant caught my eye…

 

A sundew, I’m told, but I’m not sure which one…

Elsewhere on the barren rocks, the resurrection plant is waiting for the summer rains to burst into leaf overnight…here they are still green and flourishing.

Resurrection PlantAnd birds, of course. I saw the ubiquitous bulbul. Lots of doves, a couple of chinspots. I didn’t manage to capture any on celluloid…