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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pilansberg - Wild Flowers - Part 2

Most of the wild flowers are very small, some only a few mm in diameter and most around 1/2 an inch.


A flower? No I don't think so although this Guinea Flow might think she is one!! :) She was laying in the road just begging for her photo to be taken.



28 comments:

Andrea said...

I like Guinea Fowls!
They seem a big family when they move:when one flyes seems to say "Sisters!Time to Go!"

Kenneth Ramos said...

Lots of people here raise Guinie's to keep the ticks out of their yards and they do a good job of it too. They also make good watch dogs in that they will raise a fuss if anyone strange comes around. Some people eat their eggs, though I personally have never tried them.

I see that you too have Asiatic Day Flowers, though I am not surprised, the are considered and invasive species and though I have them around my apartment and at the edge of the woods, they tend to be pretty well behaved, I could not imagine not seeing them during the warmer seasons, they are so pretty. : )

Kenneth Ramos said...

By the way Linnaeus named the Asiatic Dayflower, "Commelina" in honor of two Dutch botanists of the Commelijin family. : )

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi Joan! Pretty flower pictures! Do you go to Pilansberg quite often (that's near Sun City, right?)? We also have lots of guinea fowl at our school - their feathers are quite pretty. Enjoy your weekend!

Mary said...

Each flower is a beautiful little jewel and really appreciated right now in our cold snowy world. That Guinea is a lovely little flower, too :-)

Tony nile life said...

It amazes me how many beautiful tiny flowers we have,its ok for us with good cameras and a computer to see them in all their beauty but there is nothing like actually getting on knees and looking at these through the power of a macro lens and for me its painfull to bend etc but i always feel good after studying the plant, I tend to stay a while to find out who visits and pollenates these flowers, these too are tiny amazing creatures. thanks for sharing those that you see through your lens.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful and unusual flowers and fowl. The last flower is really sweet with the little yellow flowers in the center.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They are strange looking birds Andrea and can make such a noise. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I believe geese are also good watchdogs Ken, and I know a lot of people keep them on farms for this. I am not sure if I would rather be bitten or chased by a dog or goose? LOL!!

We do have all thes same lilies here too but none of them grow wild, they are all cultivated. Flowers like these would be missed if they were not there as so many of them are indicators of warmer weather on the way. Like your Catkins - but it looks like they were telling lies this year. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for the interesting piece of info Ken. I love collecting knowledge like this. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sreddy. Yes, at least every month and it is next to Sun City, about one and a half hours drive away.

You enjoy your weekend to. That was some storm we just had wasn't it?

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They are jewels Mary. Each is so unique. Right now I am sure you are looking forward to the flowers popping up.

Gaelyn said...

So much beauty to be seen in the smallest of things.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How wonderful it is to study them up close Tony. I am glad you enjoy seeing these photos.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. It was a great day getting these pics.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Isn't nature wonderful Gaelyn??

Becky and Gary said...

I love such pretty colors in this gloomy season we seem to be stuck in. The Guinea sure was posing for you. We used to have several pairs back on the farm, and they didn't like to come in the coop at night, prefering to roost in the trees, and oh how noisey they can be when a stranger shows up. Great watch fowl!
B.

Rambling Woods said...

So that is what that bird looks like. My sister got some to help with the insects around her horse pasture and house...beautiful flowers Joan.... Michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Poor you Becky!! I am so wishing your summer will start to arrive!!

The Guinea Fowl are a great indicator for me when something is present in a bush. They most often tell me there are leopard or snakes around with their noise.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am glad I could show them to you Michelle. There is such a great variety in these flowers and kept on finding something different so this is going to be a long series.

Natural Moments said...

I really do like that bottom flower Joan. Its shape and colours lift me up.

That fowl looks like its head was pollinated though.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Some things just tend to give one more inspiration Bernie.

A good description of its head my friend. LOL!! Never thought of it like that before. :)

Gaelyn said...

Thanks. Moonbag=fanny pack. Might work if could be worn under clothes.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! What a strange name for it Gaelyn. You can even though it will look bulky. You can always leave it till you get here and we can look at them and see if you want one.

Firefly said...

Guinea Flow are as nice as most flowers anyway, so you are excused for including her.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Thanks Jonker. I am not sure I agree with you on this one. :)

Picture Imperfect said...

Oh! I love the little wee flowers! They are so fun to photograph! The red one up there is my favorite out of this batch.

The Guinea Fowl looks right content where she is - she's beautiful!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Penny. I had great fun finding and photographing these as they were so hidden away most of the time.

LOL!! I think she's ugly!! :)