Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies from birds to airplanes

The Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team is the official display team of the South African Air Force. Their aim is  to inspire the youth, promote aviation and showcase the skill of SAAF pilots to the general  public. The team flies the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II ‘Astra’ in a 5-ship formation aerobatic display.flight1
Based at Air Force Base Langebaanweg on the South African West Coast, the Silver Falcons are all full-time ab-initio flying instructors at the Central Flying School.


To date, 100 pilots have been selected to fly in 76 different teams for the Silver Falcons.  Each pilot is assigned a unique, sequential number. Whenever one or more team members  change, a new team number is also allocated.


Floral Friday: ‘Serenity Pink Magic’


 Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Serenity Pink Magic’ IMG_7618

This vigorous, cheerful African daisy is graced with a yellow to purple eye surrounded by white petals with blush pink tips; it’s a compact “filler” annual that works well in hanging baskets or containers.

IMG_7617 They prefer cooler temperatures of the spring and fall seasons, and will bloom throughout summer if they receive morning sun and afternoon shade.IMG_20150911_163052 No deadheading is necessary, new flowers will cover the old.IMG_7621



Floral Friday: Nemesia ‘Aromatica scarlet’

Nemesia is a genus of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs which are native to sandy coasts or disturbed ground in South Africa. Numerous hybrids have been selected, and the annual cultivars are popular with gardeners as bedding plants. In temperate regions the annual cultivars are usually treated as half-hardy bedding plants, sown from seed in heat and planted out after all danger of frost has passed.IMG_7612

The flowers are two-lipped, with the upper lip consisting of four lobes and the lower lip two lobes. Wikipedia

Free-flowering, well-branched plants produce an abundance of scarlet red flowers in spring and fall. Cool temperatures and high light levels will greatly benefit these plants. Excellent for use in mixed combinations, containers, and hanging baskets.