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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Country Cottage

It is wonderful to have a country cottage, to be able to wake up with the smells of the dew on the grass and at night to see the millions of stars twinkle in the sky and hear the sound of the owls.
It is small and has a thatched roof which makes it cool in summer for our high temperatures.I have a small front yard with my bird feeders on the side. In the mornings, I put on a thick gown, take my coffee outside and watch the birds come down to feed. They have got used to me in this short while I have been here and I can get with 10 yards of them now.

My backyard is 9 hectares of wild bush so I have plenty of space to roam around doing some macro photography of all the tiny creatures found here. It is going into winter right now, so there is not much around, but come summer, I will never have to go anywhere as everything I need for a relaxing holiday is right here, including a swimming pool. At the bottom of the area there is a small stream with some lovely rocks nearby to sit on to watch the activity there.
It gets dark early, 6pm, and the sun sets are beautiful.

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