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Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday, 3 October: Skywatch Friday


I took this photo of jakarandas against a cloudless sky from my backyard at 7h30 this morning. In Pretoria we are scanning the skies for a hopeful wisp of cloud, listening for the rumble of distant thunder and checking the activities of ants and other little creatures which may indicate the advent of the spring rains. Temperatures rose this week to 36 Celsius. Gusty, hot winds blew. We, living in the interior of the beloved country, South Africa, are so dependent on the summer rains.
The ancient jakaranda in my garden is turning purple and the roses are blooming.

Carrie at Oak Rise cottage is a faraway friend. Her mom turned the grand age of 90 years very recently. This sweet pink rose is for your mom, Carrie.

Poetikat, poet of note and the creator of great You-tube videos, mentioned to me that her mother loves white roses. My single iceberg standard is not doing well but I hope she will enjoy this creamy rose!

19 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

What a stunning range of pics! And I enjoyed your commentary on your world of Pretoria!

Harry Makertia said...

I love how you put that beautiful tre with purple flowers on the picture. Great shot!

Smilingsal said...

That's a beautiful garden you have. I especially like the blooming jacaranda tree.

Grandma Faith said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog for a visit. Your pictures are very pretty. I hope you get the rain you need. Take care.

Tink *~*~* said...

I do love your jacaranda. It is on my list of trees to plant on my property someday, here in southwest Florida USA. I think it will do well here.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Debbie said...

I love the color of the trees against the sky. I really enjoyed the rose photos - stop by my blog and you'll get an idea why I'm partial to those.

Denise said...

Beautiful photos. I too hope you get the rain you need.

babooshka said...

The jacaranda is gorgeous. Checking for ants. How one country differ from another.

Poetikat said...

Thank you so much, Eleanor! I'll show it to her when she's visiting here tomorrow night. I'm sure she'll love it. I think the pink was is lovely too.

Kat

kari and kijsa said...

Your flowers are incredibly beautiful! Thanks for a wonderful post!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Torsdag said...

Sky and garden a nice combination.
Compliment for your wonderful garden and blog.
Hallo from Germany
Hartmut

Muriel (Wipneus) said...

Wow Eleanor Beauriful!!!!

Arija said...

Jacarandas are such lovely trees. I adore the purple carpet around their feet when the flowers fsll.
Your spring is much earlier than ours this year.
Nice photos.

MARIA said...

Hi Eleanor!
Very beautiful is your garden and this ancient jakaranda color is fantastic. I saw them in a large size.
WooW, what a Beauty of Nature!
Thank you for sharing!

Have a great weekend!

Lavinia said...

Dear God, please let me see a jakaranda tree in person before I die. I love when bloggers post pictures of this gorgeous, mysterious, colourful tree. Bless you! And here is to plentiful summer rains....

Chrissie said...

There is certainly something just mystical about the jacarandas isn't there? They are starting to bloom here where I live in Queensland, Australia now as well. I must see if I can get some photos this year. Unfortunately, I don't have one growing in my yard as you do. Isn't it interesting how you spell it with a 'k' and we spell it with a 'c'. Can you tell me why ?
Your garden is just beautiful. Gardens and Labradors are just meant for each other.

Chrissie

Ms.Daisy said...

Eleanor,
How beautiful spring comes to your part of the world! The Jakarandas are so gorgeous and you take such lovely pictures! Thank you!

I do hope you get the rain you need! We have had a very dry summer and just recently have had a few good rains!

I have a picture to show you - stop by!

~Jean

Mary said...

You may be anxiously looking for rain, but your garden is still beautiful!
xoxo,
Mary

Tootie said...

I love your beautiful roses and now I know what a jakaranda looks like. :-) Very pretty.