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It breathes!

A couple of weeks ago Precious, my DG, came to me and said: “Martin has caught something.”
“Is it an animal?” I wanted to know from her and she said: “I don’t know, but it breathes!”

When I got outside her husband, Martin, was standing with the swimming pool net in his hands.  I took a look inside and saw this little ball of spines.

Carefully I rolled the little hedgehog into my hands and told them all about how it was trying to protect itself against any threat by rolling into a ball. Removing the grass that was stuck to it, until I could show them where the head and feet were rolled in.

I put it inside our newly finished chicken coop, so that I could show the kids when they got home.  Later in the afternoon once I had picked up the kids, this little guy had felt save enough to run up and down the fence, trying to get out.  Once the kids had the opportunity to oh and ah, I picked it up again and put it outside our household fence. Free to go back to the bushveld.


TPP – Walk about

Today’s TPP was supposed to be patterns, but this morning was misty with the sun starting to peek through the clouds so I decided to go walk about.  I’m in the lucky position that we live in the bushveld, so my walk about was in the veld with my green gumboots.


Raindrops on the news shoots of a bluegum tree


Itsy Bitsy Spider…


Flowing water
Grass close to the river


Raindrops on a thorn tree
A rare find – mushrooms growing out of cow dung


More mushrooms




More succulents


Quick snap


I don’t know why I find this last picture so nice.  It was just a quick snap on my way back to the house.


TPP – abstract photo…

…based entirely on the compositional rules.

I need to thank  “The Galloping Granny” in Hartbeespoort for today’s TPP .  They very graciously allowed me to storm in there and start shooting like a genuine paparazzi.  And if you are in anyway interested in antiques, just contact Vince, Val and Angelo on 076 832 2250 / 072 545 1534 / 071 267 1879.


Right, quick note before you dig in.  I’m an over achiever, that means I will always take 50 photo’s where 10 would do.  With that in mind :-), let’s start with the first assignment.

Abstract One

This first one  is part of the signage for a new garage in Hartbeespoort.  You don’t want to know about the looks I got when I parked my car on the forecourt and proceeded to zoom in on their sign :-).   I think the fact that I filled up there helped matters though…  I particularly like the contrast between the colours.

Abstract Two

This was at Galloping Granny.  The inside hub and start of the spokes of an old wagon wheel.  The deteriorating wood gives marvelous texture to this picture.

Abstract Three

Again at Galloping Granny.  This is the inside cog of a farm implement (please don’t ask me what, since I’ve got no idea what it was supposed to do :-D).

Abstract Four

Galloping Granny’s.  This is part of (I think) a saxophone.  If I’m wrong, please let me know 🙂

Abstract Five

Galloping Granny’s.  I think this is an old calculator, but I could be dead wrong.  I just love the colours on this one.

Abstract Six

A study in texture.  This is a sort-of closeup of an old tank.

Abstract Seven

I absolutely love the colour in this one.  It’s the inflatable swimming pool we got for our kids in December.

The next pictures are still based on the compositional rules, but these aren’t abstracts.

Blue bottels
Old tank
Field grass
Red Weaver
Purple flowers
Red on green