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The Pear Tree in Bloom, 25 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

Look who blossoms, yet again in mid-winter! Here in South Africa, July is the second month of the season, but the weather is mostly autumnal, with crisp and clear days: misty in the morning, but later sunny.

Seeing the pear tree covered in flowers this early should come as no surprise, yet the sight never ceases to amaze. Naturally, I recited to it “A Pear Tree”—and I think it approved of my modest effort to praise it.

The Pear Tree in Bloom, 25 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

I was fortunate, this week, to photograph an African Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides typus) in flight. It is a large bird of prey, approximately 60 centimetres (24 inches) in length.

African Harrier-hawk, 14 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.