Tag Archive: South Africa

African Clouded Yellow Butterfly

One of the rare opportunities I have had to snap one of these stunning butterflies. They are from the family Pieridae and subfamily Coliadinae. The genus is Colias, which contains the Clouded Yellows.  These two butterflies are African Clouded Yellows or Lucerne ButterfliesColias electo electo.
The distributions of Colias electo electo  are throughout South Africa in all biomes. African Clouded Yellows’ habitats included; fields, parks, gardens, coastal areas, forest edges, mountains and wetlands. Their flight is throughout the year, but will peak between April and August. The lava will eat Lucerne (Medicago Saltiva).

These two photos were taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

 

African Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Another Clouded Yellow, shot on a different day, but looks a little on the damaged side.

African Clouded Yellow Butterfly

van Stadens Gorge Frog

A frog is something that I do not often photograph, but and opportunity presented itself that I could not turn down.  This photo was snapped in the river underneath the old van Stadens River Bridge, outside Port Elizabeth.  The is a beautiful place less that a kilometer down the road from the van Stadens Flower Reserve, where I often go to take pictures. The frog, itself, I have absolutely no information on. I have looked through many books, but to no avail, but have posted the amphibian on the Virtual Museum of South Africa in hopes that someone will or can identify it. The picture is pretty sharp as it was made up of three picture, stacked in a program called CombineZP. An absolutely excellent program, and also free.

Frog

Jumping Spider Macro

This jumping spider macro is a really close up shot of a spider from the Salticidae family. This family resides in the spider order Araneae. and belong to the class Arachnida.
The shot was taken with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens with a Raynox DCR250 attached to it. The problem with this combination is that the depth-of-field is so small that you have to really make sure to take the shot in focus. This shot was taken at f16 to get as much depth-of-field as possible with this lens combination.

Jumping spider macro

Portal Into Space – Out of Bounds

Yet another one of my out-of-bounds editing attempts.  All this was done in the latest version of The Gimp 2.8. There are many tutorials on the web on this subject, but mainly for Photoshop. If you Google around you can find some really fine ones for The GimpOut of Bounds Editing is fun and a little challenging for some, but at the end of the day, worth the time and effort put in.  The inner picture was taken at a Model Train Club in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Enjoy.

Out of bounds Train

Common Hottentot Skipper

The Common Hottentot Skipper is from the family Hesperiidae and sub-family Hesperiinae. This skipper is also know as Gegenes niso niso.  They are relatively small butterflies with the male being about 29-33mm and the female 29-35mm – not much bigger.  Hottentot Skipper’s are very c0mmon and widespread through South Africa. Their  habitats are forest areas, wetlands, flatlands, hill tops, parks, gardens, mountains and along the coast.  They fly all year round in the warmer areas, but will peak around the October – March time. Their larval food is Pennisetum claudestinum (kikuyu grass) , Ehrharta (Common names for this genus include veldtgras) and Cynodon (commonly known as Bermuda Grass or Dog’s Tooth Grass). Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book “Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

Common Hottentot Skipper

An Orange Sunset

A picture of a sunset taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  I tried my hand at framing this picture and feel the result came out relatively well.  To do such framing was actually quite easy and produces pretty good results.  In order to do this I search around on Google for tutorials showing how to create frames under The Gimp. Gimp is a very good graphics package usually used in place on Photoshop as is it open source and doesn’t cost anything to use. Goto gimp.org to download the program for nothing.

Orange Sunset

Super Moon 2012

Yet another Super Perigee Moon was here to grace us with its beauty. The day, 5 May 2012. A moon that is more brighter than the average moon and also closer to earth. The moon rose at 16:56 and was approximately 357,016 Kilometers away from earth at the time. This picture is of the moon at 99.9% of being full.  The completely full moon occured at 05:35 on 6 May 2012. I also captured the 2011 Super Moon to be seen here. This Super moon image was taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

2012 Super Moon

And this picture taken on 6 May 2012

2012 Moon

A Rose from Addo

Every year without fail, the Addo Rose & Garden Show will be hosted. As the name suggests, this takes place in a small town called Addo, in the Eastern Cape. This is usually hosted in or around the October time of the year. It’s a great outing for the entire family where one can look at and purchase many different kinds and types of roses and other flowers such as Orchids.
I noticed this particular rose because of its stunning colour. I used Gimp to remove the colour from the background just to enhance the rose some more.

Addo Orange Rose

Out of Bounds Malachite Sunbird

I have been trying to be more creative with my photography of late and try different things.  I belong to a camera club in Port Elizabeth South Africa and we post most of the pics we take on a Facebook group page for others to see and to criticize just to improve our overall composition of the photos.  On going through the pictures here, I noticed a beautiful picture of a horse and carriage exiting through a frame.  I did some searching around and found out that this type of editing is called ‘out of bounds‘.  I decided to try one of my own and at the end of the day I was more than satisfied with my results. Most of the tutorials for this type of editing are for Photoshop, but this one I did in Gimp.
The bird in the picture is a Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa.  This particular one has not got all it’s normal colours yet, usually is a metallic green colour with a longish black tail.  The female is a lot more dull and pale with a bit of mottling on the breast and has a white outer tail.  They make a tseep-tseep sound when calling, but their song is series of twittering notes.
Their diet mainly consists of bugs (insects), spiders and nectar. Malachites are quite plentiful in South Africa and the Eastern Cape.

Malachite Sunbird