Ann

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  1. Armando and Fons: Thank you: I have to admit that my favourite from that group is also the last one. Normally, I would be very excited by being able to get so close to a majestic wild Ostrich but the intrusive presence of this one (and her mate) was not what I needed at this moment: Photo-Bomber
  2. Interestingly, all of the photographs in this excellent set could be titled: "Reflective".
  3. Your excellent processing conveys the essence of the creepiness in the ruins of that house.
  4. Borden: Thank you so much for those extremely kind comments. I wonder if your screen name might mean that you have a connection to Gail Borden of condensed milk fame? There are still many of these fascinating and very pretty little towns in upstate New York and in Canada which are largely unspoilt and have a rich history filled with stories of great human interest and much humour. I was at a town meeting in Patterson on one occasion when the felling of a huge, dead and dangerous sugar maple that stood on the corner of the church-yard was under discussion. With deadly seriousness, the tree company explained why they had taken down most of the tree but were reluctant to winch out the trunk "because of what might come out of the ground with it" !!! History laid a little too bare perhaps?
  5. Oh! We will just have to hope that Kyle returns safely from his current storm-chasing to bring us some more dramatic pictures.
  6. I am so pleased that you are enjoying these pictures Like other members of the Crane family, the Blue Cranes are incredibly elegant and graceful although they are much smaller than other members of the tribe. They also seem to be quite shy and wary so it was a huge treat to be able to get so close to this pair and to be able to just stay, watch and photograph them for quite a long time (despite an Ostrich making such a nuisance of himself by continually moving his considerable bulk to block our view of the Cranes!). There is an un-sign-posted gravel road in the Kleine Karoo that we had discovered a few years before. It passes through some very dramatic geological formations and that was where we found these cranes. That road has become quite a favourite place of both Pepe and me and, during a later trip, we rented a cottage that belongs to a farm there out in the wilderness for a couple of nights — very close to where we had photographed these Cranes.
  7. I assume that will be a CF tripod — not a metal one (which could prove to be a far too effective lightning conductor!)?
  8. Terrific storm shots and lightning catches!
  9. The blue crane (Grus paradisea) is the national bird of South Africa. Unfortunately, its numbers are declining and it has already disappeared from much of its former range and is now classified as "Vulnerable". Pepe and I have seen them far away in the distance a few times but we had the amazing good luck to come across this pair where we could get the car right up to them. The slight difficulty was an ostrich who kept trying to Photo-bomb our shots! [Please "click-up"]
  10. Marco: It is. And if you know any of the people who breed and ship these astonishing bulbs in Holland, please tell them how much I appreciate the results of their efforts.
  11. I was familiar with "Parrot Tulips" but was unaware that they had bred offspring called Parakeets! I imagine that Parakeets may be a shorter-stemmed variety? The flowers are gorgeous anyway and I will definitely try to get hold of some bulbs in the Autumn.
  12. Truly magnificent scenery! Those of us who are able to live "out in the wilderness" in so many parts of this country are incredibly fortunate.
  13. If the bulbs are in good condition when you buy them, they will only need to be potted up and kept somewhere that is moderately warm and they will flower magnificently. The operative words are "in good condition when you buy them" and unfortunately the ones sold in gift boxes in retail outlets have usually been in the shop for far too long and have already tried to sprout inside their box and, without light or water, have already withered and died. The best bet is to buy on-line directly from one of the bulb importers. Here in the States I buy mine from American Meadows in Vermont but there are numerous other companies who also import their bulbs directly from the growers in Holland. Right now, I am planting a slew of Tuberous Begonias (which were delivered to me from Vermont yesterday) and which I am hoping will be fairly spectacular all summer long.
  14. Yes, they are what nearly everyone calls Amaryllis but are botanically classified as Hippeastrum. These massive bulbs were imported from Holland and each of them produces two (sometimes three!) main stalks with between four and seven buds on each stalk so they produce a spectacular display which goes on for weeks. I buy mine by mail directly from the importer and, because I don't mind if they don't flower until after Christmas, I can wait until the end of November when prices get slashed by 50%. I do keep mine and grow them on but they often don't flower again for a couple of years.
  15. Jacaranda? I love those trees but we can't grow them here.