Spring is in the air!
Smile warm as sunshine.
Make way, festivities
About to start
Spring preluding summer,
Just one colour I ask.
Boys in Pink – Finnish Sauna
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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
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This is the kind of spring I’m looking forward to
But no, not yet there…
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“Imagination, not intelligence made us human.”
~ Terry Pratchett
Fantasy – a creation of the fancy
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I’m fascinated by the long-legged and long-necked cranes.
Kurki / Common Crane
I’m hypnotized by the loud trumpeting call that can be heard from a distance.
I’m captivated by the dancing display, leaping with wings uplifted.
I’m mesmerized by their ability to work well together.
I spend every opportunity I have in spring trying to capture their grace.
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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.”
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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 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
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.
Talk about the huge gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa is an everyday conversation. Transformation is painfully slow.
But with Pezula as a neighbour, one can’t help but get inspired to create their own mansions.
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
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