Time to get back to Earth, and my balcony where I seem to see more birds than anywhere else. This morning I saw the Great Spotted Woodpecker in a nearby tree, and the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker a few days ago, but regretfully when I reached for my camera they both flew away. I do have some success with the little Firecrest as it visits my balcony fairly regularly, but never stays long enough or still enough for me to focus my camera for a good shot, before it also flies away, however today I am sharing a few images, but first some succulent plants.
I was given the large plant as a Jade Plant, but was never sure if it is the correct name, so if anyone knows it's name I would be grateful if you would let me know, and the one surrounding the Jade Plant, I never knew it's name, although I like the many bright rusty red flowers it produces
I have been reliably informed that it's scientific name is Crassula ovata.
Seen from below
The surrounding succulents
The Firecrest emerging from a planter, perhaps looking for insects.
I got another shot when it flew to the top of an old stalk, but had to move quickly as the Firecrest was extremely active and I also had to lighten the image a little, as it was still a little dark on my balcony.
On another occasion I managed to capture three images.
The Periwinkle is now in flower so I'm sharing it today, even though the photo was taken on a grey day.
When the first flower appeared I took a photo on a sunny day.
Another plant on my balcony
The Blue Daisy Felicia amelloides
It's got quite leggy, but I'll take some more cuttings and insert round the pot and it will soon fill in. This plant was born of cuttings taken from the mother plant in the garden.
I saved the best until last.