Another realm

The challenge from the Daily Post for this week is out of this world. I have tried to take photos of the moon, but they are poor. My camera phone and I have not agreed about zooming in. Failing an extraterrestrial satellite, I have chosen a rather unusual photo taken through a window.

The snowstorm which reached the UK from Tuesday this week, known as #TheBeastFromTheEast, reached us overnight on Tuesday-Wednesday. We have a variety of birds, which visit the garden. The tracks in the snow on a path are intriguing. There are obvious tracks from a cat and from hopping birds. One trailing track joined to bird prints has puzzled hubby and me. Was it a skid before landing? Do birds trail their tails?

Tracks in the snow
Tracks in the snow

It may not be out of this world, but it is certainly out of our world and into the realm of nature.

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Beloved plants

The photo I have chosen for the Beloved challenge from the Daily Post is of some cacti. They are the descendants of one given to me by a beloved great-aunt, who died in her eighties, while I was a child. The original plant became too large to keep indoors. Some of its descendants are possibly a similar size now, but have been put outside, where they are surviving our winter temperatures. New plants appear around the base and the ones in the photo have been repotted and (in my view) are ready for a new home.

Agaves and the tip of an Aloe
Agaves and the tip of an Aloe

The species is a variant form of Agave Americana. The variegated leaves in the foreground belong to Aloe variegata, another plant I have had for many years. I have forgotten its provenance.