Monthly Archive: May 2010

Purple Shamrock

We saw some weeds growing amongst the grass and some of the weeds had these amazing
purple flowers. I could not pass up the opportunity to take a pic. Unfortunately there is a slight blur as the wind was blowing a bit and the sun was going down.

Purple Shamrock

Miniature Jumping Spider

While wondering outside minding my own business, a small movement caught my eye. This was the smallest jumping spider I had ever seen, less than 5mm in size. In order to get a shot of this little critter, utmost patience was required. This spider just did not want to have its picture taken. Eventually after many blurred shots through my DCR 250 lens, I caught a near-unusable picture of this menace. If anyone can tell me the exact name of this spider, it would be appreciated. On further investigation it turned out that this is a Portia Spider, one of the most intelligent spiders of them all. They are also known as the Dandy Jumping Spider.

Portia Spider

Cheetah with Cubs

On a trip through the local Kragga Kamma Game Park, we were lucky to
have visited at a stage when the cubs were old enough to run around. They seemed to have been enjoying their home in the park as they were running around and playing with each other.
Cheetahs are apparently quite easy to domesticate, but not sure if I would own one! Their nature is described as being similar to a dog and therefore is unlike the attitude of a predatory cat, not even like a domestic cat.

Cheetah with Cubs

BontKiewiet

Because we are in South Africa, we will call this bird a BontKiewiet, but actually it has two other names; the Blacksmith Plover and the Blacksmith Lapwing.
Its Technincal name is Vanellus armatus Hoplopterus. We snapped this birds picture at the Kragga Kamma Game Park just outside Port Elizabeth. The bird was pretty tame as if it was used to the many cars in the park to have driven past it to take its picture.

BontKiewiet