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Autumn Storms

May 4, 2010

Taking a break from the garden I stood and observed a spectacular green grasshopper. Nearing the end of its life and missing one hind leg it struggled up the eastern wall, presumably seeking some shelter under the eave.

Insects are well a tuned to coming weather. It was fascinating to observe this behaviour, knowing that storms were imminent. The rain arrived, intense and accompanied by thunder and lighting. We have another 5000 litres in our tank. The kitchen garden looks fresh and clean.

Meanwhile, in the grape vines, leaves have turned a beautiful autumn red and are now beginning to drop their leaves. Impeccable timing by a pair of Crested Pigeons nesting in the vines, their two chicks should be fledged and depart next week. The leaves that obscured and protected the nest are also moving on.

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