Guess who looked at me in the eye yesterday but said nothing?;-) A blue and red damselfly perched on a dry gladiolus leaf! Last summer, there were many of these beauties in my yard and I was very happy to see at least one of them again, this early. They abound in the rainy season. I'm still waiting for the reds and the vibrant yellows.
It flew to another leaf and arched its body into a circle.
What a joy to be greeted by a sight like this! It was 11.30 in the morning. The day was cloudy and I'd gone to check whether the gazanias were ready to rise and shine.But no, as you can see from the photo below,they were still bleary-eyed. So unlike their wide-eyed bed-fellows!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau