The African Bush

The African bush has a colour which is often understated, pastel in appearance. Because of this it communicates a peace, a tranquillity, but you can’t be taken in because it’s a tranquillity in the midst of an unpredictable wildness. This shot I took reveals the colours well. While taking the photo a Natal Robin settled on a branch above and posed.




About Don

My name is Don Scrooby and I live in the United Kingdom. I have a deep love for nature and open spaces and one of my great loves in life is sketching, particularly in pen and water colour and occasionally in pencil. I’m quite new at the art and I sketch mainly from photographs I’ve taken, but also enjoy outdoor sketching. My sketchbooks, although no great shakes, are important to me and I decided to create my blog in order to share some of their contents with those who may be interested.
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24 Responses to The African Bush

  1. The robin is unbelievable – those colors are awesome!!


  2. Forest So Green says:

    Beautiful photos, I like both of them, Annie


  3. Excellent photography, perfectly accented by your descriptions.


  4. It is always fascinating to me that as a whole Nature is a certain colour palette and carries a serene emotion, yet as you study its parts it takes on another dimension. Moss, lichen, fungus, bark, feathers, etc. each their own uniqueness. Lovely post Don, as per usual.


  5. ladyfi says:

    First pastel colours and then the vibrancy you would expect from Africa in the second shot. Gorgeous!


  6. Holli says:

    Beautiful pictures. The tree looks like it blends into the background. That bird is beautiful, now I’m wondering what it sounds like.


    • Don says:

      Sounds quite loud and rich (that I know doesn’t help much Holli) but it also has an amazing capacity to mimic all sorts of other birds and local sounds.


  7. Mary says:

    Incredibly beautiful Don – love all the textures and the bird is stunning.


  8. Hudson Howl says:

    THE BUSH. Word wise, an interesting name, one that punctuates the prominence it has over and surrounding man. We use the term here as well. These two pictures of yours, represent the infinite tiny specks of detail that make up a broad, encompassing, engulfing landscape. They show what gets lost in the big picture. There is the saying, ‘Can’t see the forest for the trees’. Flawed thinking? There is wisdom and insight in reversing that phrase. To understand the forest/bush you have look at the tree. If one tiny speck or pixel is removed the landscape has changed. Sorry, along drawn out response for ‘Cool pics Don, I can dig it’.


    • Don says:

      You know Hudson you have a beautiful way of articulating the very essence of things. Thank you for this. It’s precisely what I was seeking to do. It’s certainly not long and drawn out. Beautiful comment – Thank you.
      I also love the word “bush.”


  9. wisejourney says:

    Love the bird … Such a joyous pop of colour


  10. Shweta says:

    Beautiful moment to capture Don. I liked both the pics and the contrast of colour and vibrancy when one looks at them.


  11. Don…this bird…have mercy is beautiful!


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