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The Bugle Lily or Watsonia is a genus of plants in the iris family, subfamily Crocoideae, native to South Africa. The genus is named after Sir William Watson, an 18th century British botanist. There are 52 species in southern Africa; all are perennial herbs growing from corms and producing erect spikes of showy flowers, and are adapted to a Mediterranean-type climate. The most common species in cultivation is the pink-flowered Watsonia borbonica and its white mutant Arderne’s White. These were crossed with Watsonia meriana and other species in the early 20th century by breeders including John Cronin in Australia and Luther Burbank in California to produce a wide range of cultivars. Watsonia has been eclipsed in popularity by Gladiolus and other bulbs, and is now neglected by the nursery industry. Native to South Africa, wild Watsonia was introduced as a garden ornamental to Australia in 1907 and was widespread by the 1940s. In the South-West of Western Australia, six species have become naturalised from garden escapes along rivers, wetlands and seasonally wet ground. Watsonia meriana is also a weed in New Zealand, Reunion and Mauritius. These pictures were taken at van Stadens Nature Reserve outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
The Cape Wagtail or the Motacilla Capensis is a greyish brown wagtail with a shortish tail. It is a common resident to grasslands, gardens and also usually near water. It’s diet consists mainly of insects and other invertebrates as well as the occasional tadpole or small fish. The pictures were taken in my garden with a Canon 450D camera using a 100-400mm IS Lens.
On June 15 2011 a Lunar Eclipse took place. This one was classified as a Central lunar eclipse which is defined as an eclipse where part of the moon passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow. These are the darkest eclipses and relatively rare. This was the first of two such eclipses in 2011. The second will occur on December 10, 2011. This was also the longest total lunar eclipse in 11 years.
A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. Earth always has a shadow, which is created by the Sun. On those rare occasions when the Moon, Earth and the Sun are all lined up just right, the Moon passes through this shadow. This would happen every full moon if the Moon orbited around the Earth in the same plane as the Earth orbits around the Sun. The Moons orbit, however, is tilted about 5 degrees above the Earth-Sun plane. This tilt itself, however, rotates, allowing eclipses to happen when the tilt of this plane lines up with the Earth-Sun plane, blocking sunlight.
The moon about one and a half hours before the start of the lunar eclipse.
The moon about 45 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.
The moon about 50 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.
The moon about 55 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.
This picture was taken exactly one hour after the start of the eclipse.
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.