52 Photos Project : Growth

Weekly Photo Challenge : Growth

This weeks topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth coincides directly with the following post that I did recently for the 52 Photos Project, so I’ve linked my Photo Challenge submission to this post…

Phew! Its been a busy week, so this is very late…but, I did not want to miss the opportunity to respond to Bellas prompt of Growth for this week on the 52 Photos Project (http://www.52photosproject.com/). So here are some images of these flowers growing in the wild that I shot while out on a hike deep in the woods near Robertson. The vivid colours is what attracted me to them, and on closer inspection, you realsie that each of them is experiencing a different stage of growth………………the journey continues………….

Weekly Photo Challenge : Opportunity

How’s that for a coincidence? Last weeks photo challenge was possibility, after my original post for the challenge, I did a follow up post that was titled possibility and opportunity….so imagine the dejavu moement when I saw that the topic for this weeks challneg was opportunity.
Considering, this topic and my follow up post are rather synonimous, I’ve decided to continue the thread from the last post.

For those that did not read the last post, here is some context. I was visiting the Wildflower garden in Caledon, a little village not too far from Cape Town, the garden was an absolute kaleidoscope of really bright colours and flowers just oozing with pollen. I happened to notice this bumblebee ( prevously referred to as a gal 🙂 flying around and while tying to land, just reaching out and holding onto three or stems at a time. She had pollen all over, so was obviously having a great time just making the most of a perfect situation. It was pretty obvious with the flowers in full bloom, that the place was just brimming with opportunity, and our gal almost had the place to herself. The flowers on the other hand were just reaching out and basking in the morning sun, enjoying the opportunity that the day had presented.

I too joined the bees, and the flowers with an opportunity of my own, to get some shots

Todays images are more of the opportunities that were on offer, and includes an image of our gal had at work 🙂

…………….the journey continues………

Wild flower fantasy……………

Lasts week’s photo challenge topic – Fall prompted me to do a post that was in direct contrast to the “fall” season, so my second challange post was about Spring in the southern hemisphere. Once again, this post too is about Spring. The wonderful thing about Spring is that it always arrives after a cold and dreary winter, as if Nature figures out that maybe some colour is required to just revitalise the dreary mood that permeates around winter time :-). And this year is no different, colours everywhere :-), So, whilst our Northern hemisphere counterparts are heading into Autumn, ( I suppose equally colourful, though in a diiminishing kind of way), weare fortunate enough to be heading into Spring with new colours blossoming all over the place. The amazing thing is that many of these wonderful colours are from plants that are growing in the wild, not ones that are carefully manicured, and watered on a regular basis, fed the right nutrients or anything like that.
Caledon is a little town about an hour out of Cape Town, I was recently driving through there and stumbled upon the Wild flower garden, there were some wonderful wild flowers in full bloom, in the garden. Of course I was keen to get some shots, but did not even need to go into the park to get them, because the area alongside the driveway was completely covered with various varieties, all perfectly poised in the morning light. Zooming in on them one notices how fragile and almost artificial they appear despite being classified as “wild”.

So todays images are some that were taken outside the Wild flower park – (sounds like a contradiction in terms – wildflower park :-):-) ..nevertheless a perfect example of the a wild flower fantasy ……….the journey continues ……..