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…is not an option.

There’s nothing glamorous about the weather and the outdoors at the moment

but one has to keep wading in order to find beauty.

Kuikka / Black-throated Loon

Kuikka / Black-throated Loon

For more on the theme please visit Ailsa

Spring

This is the kind of spring I’m looking forward to

Colourful

Colourful

 

But no, not yet there…

Ice fishing

Ice fishing

For really colourful interpretations, please visit Ailsa.

Fantastic!

Imagination, not intelligence made us human.”

Terry Pratchett

Fantasy - a creation of the fancy

Fantasy – a creation of the fancy

For more on the fanciful and fantastic themes, please visit Ailsa.

Grace in a Crane

I’m fascinated by the long-legged and long-necked cranes.

Kurki / Common Crane

Kurki / Common Crane

 

I’m hypnotized by the loud trumpeting call that can be heard from a distance.

The Stride

The Stride

 

I’m captivated by the dancing display, leaping with wings uplifted.

The Take-off

The Take-off

 

I’m mesmerized by their ability to work well together.

In sync

In sync

 

I spend every opportunity I have in spring trying to capture their grace.

For more on the theme, please visit Ailsa

Energy is everything

Solar-powered Hoekwil Township

Solar-powered Hoekwil Township

Everything around us is made up of energy. To attract positive things in your life, start by give off positive energy.”

For more on the theme, visit Ailsa.

On Transformation

Transformation is such a loaded word in South Africa, more so when we talk about social and political transformation. Nonetheless, transformation has to happen because nothing stays the same.

The Protean - tough yet beautiful

The Protea – tough yet beautiful

Protea is the national flower of South Africa and the flagship species of the Cape Floral kingdom. People of the South like fynbos are tough yet beautiful, and present themselves in astounding variety of shapes, sizes, hues and textures.

Indigenous people of SA - The Khoisans

Indigenous people of SA – The Khoisans

From skins to stilettos, growing middle class (often termed Black Diamonds) with opulent wealth that is almost vulgar, where a majority of people still leaves below the breadline.

Pezula Estate

Pezula Estate

Talk about the huge gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa is an everyday conversation. Transformation is painfully slow.

Double-storey Shacks

Double-storey Shacks

But with Pezula as a neighbour, one can’t help but get inspired to create their own mansions.

The Outeniqua Mountains

The Outeniqua Mountains

Transformation is a tall mountain for us to climb but hopefully on reaching the top, one can marvel at the resilience, diversity, the positive transformation we so desperately desire, and all that makes South Africa a beautiful country.

The view of Wilderness from above

The view of Wilderness from above

For a fun and less heavy take on the theme, please visit Ailsa

 

Doorways

“Come in. Come in, my child

We mustn’t lurk on doorways. It’s rude.

One might question your upbringing.”

Mvezo Komkhulu Museum in Umtata

Mvezo Komkhulu Museum in Umtata

Doors and doorways keep opening up,

Inviting me in as I make my way around my home country

on a short visit.

Every home has a door

Every home has a door

As I engross myself in a process of writing a memoir, I decided to visit my childhood home. It was sold to another owner 28 years ago. I visited last week, and I could still recognize these doorways of the remaining structures.

What remains of my childhood in Engcobo

What remains of my childhood home in Engcobo

It’s good to be home.

Rural home - Port St John's

Rural home – Port St John’s

For more on theme, visit Ailsa

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