Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Moon


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

In week when the moon changed – how could I not?IMG_4014 IMG_4022

Viewed from our garden on the night of the 27th/28th September. For more pics  from the night click here

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (of perspective)


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

So often when I take photographs in my Tanzanian garden I do so from one position on the front porch/veranda. There is a comfortable bench and the viewpoint is a good one.

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But today I moved a chair and sat in a different place – a change of perspective on a familiar place.

Black Kites and African Paradise Flycatchers were the highlight as I sat beneath the tree

Blood Moon

Although it was an unearthly hour to get up, it was worth it. At just after4:30am I was sat in the garden staring at the reddened moon as it was eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. Only the longest wavelengths of light refracting around the earth were reaching the moon staining it crimson. This one was a rarity coinciding with a Super Moon (when the moon is closest to the earth). 

Super Moon

Super Moon

The next combo is not until 2033.

For me it was the first time in 25 years since I’d seen it way back in February 1990 when in my second year of teaching in Milton Keynes. On that night is was cold and frosty and I caught sight of the red moon between the rooftops.

This time the night was warm and cloudless right up to totality – although it clouded over thereafter.

 

Garden View

Garden View

 
Above the Rooftop 2015

Above the Rooftop 2015

 

Closer

Closer

and closer

..and Closer

  

Ghostly Orange  Glow

Ghostly Orange Glow

Close Up

Close Up Blood Moon

  
Zoom In

Zoom In

  

 

Weekly Photo challenge: Change (of Focus and Perception)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

In this set of pictures a change of focus from the plant to the fly which is sitting on it.

I hate flies, pesky dirty little bugs – but even a fly can look beautiful in the right light (a change of perception)

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Weekly Photo challenge: Chameleon Change

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

My last post was all about the Chameleon in the garden earlier this week – a perfect example of change – so here it is again.

Chameleon in the Garden

This evening we came across this amazing creature crawling along the path. Spotted by our neighbour we watched as it crossed the path and climbed the rocks before clambering into a Coelus plant. This gave us a great opportunity to see its colour changing body.

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Living within the) Grid

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

We live protected lives here in Tanzania. Some are self-imposed protections, others are very much a necessity.

We live on a compound, wire mesh gates (usually locked), a grid to keep out unwelcome visitors, guarded by Askaris day and night.

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Our house has two doors – a conventional door and a separate door covered by a mesh which allows an open frame in the day but deters insects.

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Our permanently open windows are covered in a fine mesh to keep out mosquitos and other creepy-crawlies.

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The slated windows are barred for added security against theft- forming an additional grid.

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Finally, we sleep within a mesh to keep out those bugs which make it into the house (more mosquito deterrent).

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While we sleep a grid enclosed fan blows away providing cool air and white noise!image

Grids within grids within grids.