The Iron Crown, the highest mountain in Limpopo, seen from the arboritum.
Today was a snapshot day, and a report on my walk will be random. Which set me thinking. Well, pondering rather, in a snapshotty sort of way. I’d love to work thematically, producing well structured blog entries, each on a theme. But right at the moment that aint gonna happen – I simply don’t have the time. (Which reminds me of my favourite Churchill quote, one I’m always using in class. Some children take years to grasp it: “Please excuse this long letter, but I don’t have the time to write a short one.”)
The problem with the snapshot approach is that you might randomly, instinctively know what you want, but you don’t get the message across. Case in point: I thrust the camera up above my head into this red maple to get the first autumn leaves – but it chose to focus on what lay beyond, and so you see some grasses, a leafy camellia, a bit of the big bluegum and the house tilted in the distance. Not quite what was intended, even if of some interest.
Another example. I came upon the white Sasanqua Camellia already blooming its heart out. It surprises me every year. I aught to blog on the Sasanquas, their early flowering season which puts them ahead of the frost, and give you their varietal names. But I aint. I will call them the Single White and the Double Pink. And leave out the research.
But then again, you might wonder why I mention the Double Pink, until you see the blobs on the left of this photo of the house and the big gum tree…
Should I for instance include the dogs, always with me, in regular reports? This is a garden blog, not a lifestyle exposure. But if the dogs were included, even in passing, then I could mention that the slight blur down the steps in the left-hand picture – look carefully – was Mateczka thundering past from nowhere during the 1.3 second exposure. I could barely step sideways to prevent her crashing through underneath the tripod. She was on that frantic run that happens halfway through a walk when she decides we really aren’t covering enough ground, and she adds a km or two in the space of a few minutes. But if you would really like to see six pics of my largest and smallest dogs at play – a delightful and regular sight – then visit my post at Mooseys, where our animals are a regular part of our chats… you will find it here, dated 29 March.
What else have I selected from the walk?The first genuinely turned Japanese Maple leaf, hidden away. Two tree ferns at Freddy’s Dam’s overflow, acting geometric. And the spot where I found Cascade Rose. To the left the horizontal grasses show how high and strong the flow of the water was during late January. The rose would not have survived, had I left it there…
And did you notice – I didn’t bother to copyright the individual pics…