Down River

18th October 2018

Down River - October 2018

This week my photo shoot in dad's garden was a bit of a wash out. It rained and poured for the entire time I was visiting. Not to be put off by a bit of wet though, I ventured out into the downpour to capture a few record shots.

I thought these River Lilies (Hesperantha coccinea) were appropriately named for the weather conditions. I don't think I could have got much wetter if I'd been standing in the middle of a river as I snapped away at these beauties!

Wet Geranium - October 2018

Next up were these very out of season Hardy Geranium (Geranium clarkei) blooms, which I thought looked quite pretty with the reverse side of their petals covered in raindrops.

Saturated Nerine - October 2018

A new Nerine (Nerine bowdenii) had appeared since last week, but I'd be willing to bet that another week under wraps would've been much better for it. The stems were already beginning to sag under the weight of the heavy flower heads as they clung onto the raindrops.

Washed Out Lavender - October 2018

I thought the Lavender (Lavandula) had finished for the year, but found a few flower heads lurking beneath a patch of long grass.

Soggy Cactus - October 2018

The Dahila 'Nuit d'Ete' blooms were coming thick and fast again, having fully recovered from the storms of a few weeks ago. They'd been saved from last week's high winds by the judicious use of lots of bamboo stakes.

Autumnal Holly - October 2018

The tiny blooms of the Holly (Ilex) bushes continued to appear. I really liked how they looked against the Autumnal looking leaves of an Acer palmatum tree in the background of this photo.

Flame Out - October 2018

More out of season madness continued as the Spring flowering Forest Flame (Pieris) bush continued to produce flower buds, albeit very wet ones.

Plateaus - October 2018

Raindrops were everywhere, and I quite liked how you could see how they were stacked on the various levels of leaf in this shot.

Spindle Bush Bounty - October 2018

Berry season continued, and this week it was the turn of the Spindle (Euonymus europaeus) bushes to start producing theirs.

Dripping Berries - October 2018

The Firethorn (Pyracantha) bush berries had finally ripened, and some had been stripped away by the birds already. Unfortunately I couldn't capture any of that activity as the rain was keeping the birds from flying.

Covered Berry - October 2018

I was quite intrigued how a raindrop had completely engulfed this developing Common Ivy (Hedera helix) berry. It was like the berry was actually inside the raindrop.

Fungi - October 2018

It's that time of year again when different kinds of fungus are found growing in dank, dark places! This rather large mushroom was found growing in a dark corner of the garden lawn. I think it's from the Russula genus, which comprises over 700 different species, although I don't know for sure.

Cobalt Blue Zebra - February 2006

To my fishy friends, and for the third week running I'm dipping into my archive of fishy photos! This week I'm showcasing this lovely little Cobalt Blue Zebra (Maylandia callainos). I had a small group of these in a rocky Lake Malawi set-up quite a few years ago. I housed them along with other Mbuna species in an overstocked tank to keep aggression levels down. However, because of the overstocking, it was a lot of work to keep Nitrate levels low, requiring at least two 50% water changes a week. I'd only recommend keeping any Mbuna species if you have the experience, and willingness to put the time into looking after them.

So this week I went with Down River as my Image of the Week simply because I liked how the raindrops looked on the pink petals...