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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pilansberg - Wild flowers - Part 5

This one is smaller than a 1c piece.
A bagworm wanting her picture taken...
Some beautiful grass and weeds.....


Then I found a golf ball...no wait...its a mushroom disguised as one. :)

28 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Ahhhhh Joan, back in one of my favourite spots! The yellow flower looks like an orchid. Can I see a blackjack there? Pesky thing I used to covered in them when walking through the bush. Diane

Tony nile life said...

the last but one ,what is it called it grows all the year round here the bees and bugs love its yellow with white petaled flowers. most grow high enough to leave its seeds on my shorts ore even barbed in my legs.

diane said...

great shots, I love the bagworm.

Jo said...

How beautiful your photos, Joan.

Leeloo said...

Beautiful photos, I love the first one, such a pretty flower!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They are especially pesky now Diane as it is the end of summer and everything has seeds on it. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

We call them Black Jacks here Tony and it is the 'pesky' one Diane is talking about. There is another called Sticky Grass and that is even worse as when it gets into something like socks, you never get it out. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting Diane (Australia). The bagworm was a nice find. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jo. There was such a wonderful variety of flowers there that I kept on finding more and more until I had a whole series to put on my blog. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Leeloo. I cannot decide between the 1st and 3rd ones. :)

esoxfever said...

gorgeous pics!!! The fist one remindsme a little to the heartsease (viola tricolor), so common in Europe.

Andrea said...

Next time you will meet a mushroom like that,try to gently bite it.
You will see a small cloud of spores coming out...
It was one thing I really liked when i was child.
(The mushroom will be grate to you for the help)

blog with no name said...

Joan you really had me on the golf ball. I love to golf, and I was wondering if there are any courses in Kruger. LOL Your camera makes it seem like you are photographing through a microscope! Cool.

Becky and Gary said...

Love these flowers Joan! That yellow is my favorite.
Tricky mushroom.
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks esoxfever. Not many of these wild flowers have been given names unfortunately.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I will try it next time Andrea. Sounds like fun. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mike. As a matter of fact there IS a golf course in Kruger and they have a couple of big games taking place there every year, so come on over and try it out. Naturally you will have to be careful of the buck, warthog, birds, hippo's etc roaming around on it. LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. Does this mean your PC problems are sorted out? I hope so.

Firefly said...

I specially like the one of the yellow flower. Its so important to get a darkish background to take a proper flower makro like this.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are right Jonker and the best way to do it is by using a flash which in turn blows your colours so there is no easy way to do it. I almost never use a flash so post my pictures whatever way the come out. The trick I use it to see that there is nothing close behind the subject if it at all possible.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: Loved the flowers. I thought it was a golf ball when I first looked at the photo.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Tom. So did I. LOL!!

Rambling Woods said...

you do such wonderful macros without the fancy camera stuff joan. michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Michelle. It is very kind of you to say so.

Gaelyn said...

I love that orange flower best with its semitry. And so many different grasses I saw. The last looks like a puffball, many of which are good to eat when young.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Gaelyn. Oh I have heard of puffballs now I know what they actually look like. Thanks for telling me their name. :)

Mary said...

wow..those first three are stunning!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mary. Such beauty in something so small.