I Thought She Was A Lady!

Distracted by the lovely colours I thought Ah! A Lady Beetle or a Ladybird! She was beetling about the leaves of the Bauhinia tomentosa with its beautiful yellow flowers. So I took a branchlet and took her off to photograph. She was busy and kept moving, but I got some OK pictures and sent themContinue reading “I Thought She Was A Lady!”

Lawn Butterfly

I always have little ‘blues’ on my lawn; small butterflies, some tiny that flit about too small, too fast and too pale for my camera to get a decent shot. They usually look little pale grey beauties. But yesterday one was different, bigger; so I out with the camera and managed to get two fuzzyContinue reading “Lawn Butterfly”

Explorers 10. Smith

Here’s another real explorer! Andrew Smith (1797-1872) – British army surgeon, traveler, collector, author, committee man and naturalist. As a boy he was apprenticed part-time to a medical doctor while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Sent to the Cape Colony in 1821, he was stationed in Grahamstown until the middle of 1825. DuringContinue reading “Explorers 10. Smith”

Explorers 6. Delegorgue

Louis Adulphe Joseph Delegorgue (1814-1850) – French hunter, naturalist, collector and author, was orphaned at the age of four and brought up in the home of his grandfather at Douai, where he largely educated himself and was introduced to natural history. Though he had inherited enough to be well provided for, Delegorgue joined the merchantContinue reading “Explorers 6. Delegorgue”

Explorers 1. Thunberg

I often think ‘I wonder what it was like here before we spoilt it’ as I travel around Southern Africa. I especially would love to have seen the open grasslands, one of the habitats we have changed the most. So whenever I can I read the early explorers’ accounts with great interest. As a fellowContinue reading “Explorers 1. Thunberg”