The Changing Seasons – August/September 2018


It´s time again for the wonderful challenge The Changing Seasons hosted by my dear friend Su from Zimmerbitch!

Since I´ve missed out on August I thought I´d start with a few pics that I made then from the flowers on my balcony which were in full bloom and regularly visited from all sorts of bees, feasting on the rich and no doubt yummy pollen.

I have to admit that I just love catching them mid-flight…

A bumble-bee taking aim (Aug. 2018)


And they look so lovely while doing a great job, don´t they?


Nearly there (Aug. 2018)


My “Lizzy” loves resting on my chair meanwhile I´m attending to the flowers…


Resting cast-iron lizard “Lizzy” (Aug. 2018)


I´m not quite sure, but I think these belong to the Acanthaceae family of climbing plants…

Thunbergia erecta (?) (Aug. 2018)


I have a little Pomegranate tree as well which brings continued joy to me as well as numerous insects. Sadly the fruits aren´t really edible that is to say you can eat them but they taste a bit bitter and sour, so they´re only good for decorational purposes.


Pomegranate fruit and blossoms (Aug. 2018)


This particular bee kept coming back every day and could obviously never get enough of my pomegranate. I´m quite sure it was always the same one because it was unusually dark whereas the other ones were much lighter in color and there was always only this darker one to be seen around. I like to think that she kept this tree a secret from her fellow bees back at the beehive. 😉


Got ya! Bee caught mid-air (Aug. 2018)


I really had the most of fun watching her and made dozens of pictures. The following being my very favorite one as she´s covered with tiny dots of yellow pollen and dropping out of the blossom in a drunkenly manner…


Lightheaded bee (Aug. 2018)


In September I visited the zoo where there were bigger animals to catch – quite literally in this case:


Family of Hamadryas baboons, the poor little guy in the middle is being tugged at the tail from his older sibling (Sept. 2018)


And catching really seems to be the theme of this post… look at this pelican cleverly catching his fish!


Feeding the pelicans (Sept. 2018)


And right after I made this shot, this little seal was catching a nap…


Seals belong to my favorite animals (Sept. 2018)


And after all this hard work of catching animals, I thought a little snack was in order. 😉


Catching up with fellow bloggers whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a croissant (Sept. 2018)



And here are the guidelines for The Changing Season if you’re interested in participating:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to Su´s original monthly post, she can update it with links to yours.

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

58 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – August/September 2018

    1. Thanks so much, Ju-Lyn! It was a lot of fun taking these pictures and will miss the bees busily working on my flowers, they always make me smile. 😊
      Croissants are my weakness. 😉

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      1. Have you ever tried French-toasting your leftover croissants? (I know that sounds ridiculous … who has leftover croissants, right?). One of my blogger friends posted a version she had at a cafe, and I tried it making it and it was very good! (although I must admit I like French-toasted everything!)

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      2. Wow! That does sound rather scrumptious! Though I´m not sure I will ever have left over croissants! LOL! But maybe I should just buy one or two more next time, though I can´t guarantee that they will be around long enough to get French-toasted! 😉 Thanks for the tip, Ju-Lyn! 😀


  1. Brilliant captures of those bees Sarah.Very tricky! I love your flowers, must be so nice to see them grow on your balcony. I love hearing what you’ve been up to. Have a fab weekend 🙂 xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Gill! 😀 It was really tricky, but fun too, though no one would have guessed hearing me swear all the time whenever I only caught a blur! 😂 Have a grand weekend, too! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris! I really enjoy taking their picture but now that it’s getting colder I hardly get to see them anymore so I need to specialize on something else during the next months.
      Have a wonderful October too! Cheers! 😊

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  2. All of your photos are stunning Sarah. Really like the lightheaded bee, the baboons and the seals. Lizzy is cute too. I must send you a pic of Veggie, my son’s lizard. May I ask when is your birthday? Have a fantastic and creative weekend. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Dominique! How lovely that your son has a lizard as a pet! My Lizzy, since she´s only made from cast-iron, is very easy to care for! 😉 Going to share my birthday in an email, okay?
      Wish you a wonderful and creative week ahead! xoxoxo

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  3. I was happily making wow faces at your bee photos, then I saw the baboons and went totally mooshy. All of your photos are lovely Sarah and I’m so glad you are getting such great use from your new camera.
    I’ve never seen a pomegranate growing before; it’s very cool 🙂
    Thank you for being part of The Changing Seasons 🙂 xxxxxx

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    1. Aww – thank you so much! I know you can exactly imagine the fun I´m having with my new camera – it´s just amazing! And I only use the kit lens so far which as you know has its limitations. Have been heavily hinting to my mum that I would love to have a macro lens for my birthday(+christmas+easter). 😉 xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I think it is a happy place for bees, maybe even more for them than for me as there´s hardly any space left for myself with all those plants! 😀
      Have a wonderful day!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Peter! And yes, catching them did indeed take a lot of patience! 😀 I guess I spent several hours this summer photographing them on my balcony, my neighbors either must have thought I was crazy or trying to spy on them! 😉

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  4. You make me want to learn photography, something I’ve been promising myself a long time. I really love the way you followed your lone bee, even noting her darker color. Your commentary pulls me along with the story, engaging me in your month and the lives of all your subjects. As for the young primates – kids will be kids even when they’re baboons. A completely enjoyable photo essay.

    I don’t do photography,(yet) but maybe I’ll look into The Changing Seasons to see if poetry or articles meet the requirements. It would be fun to be part of a community.

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    1. That´s wonderful, Sharon! And I´m sure you´re going to be a natural when it comes to photography! And I´m also sure you’d love joining The Changing Seasons, it´s such a lovely way to reflect over the past month and often makes me see things that I haven´t really noticed while I was doing them, if that makes any sense. And of course, seeing what the others were up to is even more lovely. 🙂

      I find photography very stimulating and inspiring as I often paint after photos, like with the elephants, and it makes for a nice change at times to create a picture in under a second than say an hour! 😉

      Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

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  5. Sarah, these are all fantastic shots, especially the bee photos! There’s a sense of accomplishment when catching a bee in flight or even on a flower. Your flowers are gorgeous, too, and your snack break looks yummy! Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead, dear friend. Sending hugs and lots of love. ❤🌻🌺

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    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! And you’re totally right about that sense of accomplishment when catching a good bee pic! 😉 If I wouldn’t want to risk getting a blurred pic I would actually do a little happy dance every time it works out! 😀
      Have a lovely weekend ahead, too, dear friend! Hug&Love! xoxo ❤

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  6. Great photographs of the bees in flight. I love watching them too. I’m surprised your lizard doesn’t scare them away. 🙂 I’m so ready for the next change of seasons. Sept/Oct. I love the cooler weather when we can finally get it but the bees are going inside the hives more now. Your pomegranate tree is very pretty. My son had some in his yard but the ants ate the fruit before anyone could get to them. No wonder they are so expensive. Baboons are fun to watch. Have a lovely weekend ahead.

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    1. Thank you very much, Marlene! Yes, I’m very glad Lizzy doesn’t scare away the bees. 😉 And I can completely understand that you’re ready for the next change of season, this last summer was a very hot and dry one around here and I’m quite glad not to need to water my plants as much as I had to during the last months. But I know I’ll miss my bees! Ah, well, that’s what photos are for, right?
      That was bad luck your son’s pomegranates were eaten by ants and I hope he’ll have more luck next year!
      Have a beautiful weekend too!

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