Tag Archives: South Africa

Shapes of Winter

24 Jan

As much as I do not like being cold, there are some wondrous sights to be seen in the great outdoors this time of year – if I can prise myself away from Hobo’s warm and comfy cocoon that is.

Or, better still, if the John is out and about with his camera and feeding me the pics as I toast my toes in front of this beauty…IMG_20150114_074740

Probably the biggest log we’ve had in the Squirrel to date.

Outside, muddy puddles become works of art…IMG_20141230_100820IMG_20150117_103759

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Pretty patterns everywhere…IMG_20141226_085808

Fascinating.

And this…?
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Can you see what it is yet…?IMG_20150104_102918Of course – a very frozen car.

Up close, it looks almost alive, like a surreal frozen forest…IMG_20150104_102918

And the river…IMG_20150120_160823Icing over too.

Be careful where you park your bike though…

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If you need to make a quick getaway.

Speaking of which…
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John’s airstrip looking a little frost-bound.

And the adjacent field somewhat waterlogged but John has the solution…IMG_20150117_111246

Digging drainage channels, although it looks more like a waterfall to me.

So that’s the real world: a wintry mix of ice, water, mud and slime as dished out to us so far this season.

But BB’s head is often elsewhere.

Somewhere warmer…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 041

Somewhere brighter…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 042

Somewhere stunning…100_1603100_1730

Somewhere the days are longer…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 008

Somewhere exciting…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 027 (3)011055

Somewhere far away but never very far from my heart..IMG_0412

South Africa. Maybe next year.

More from My Window

24 Apr

Starboard side, by way of a change….

Pretty aren’t they? I’m no expert on wild flowers but, if I am to believe the Collins Gem guide, it is the Cuckoo flower. AKA  Lady’s Smock, Milkmaids and Meadow Bitter-Cress, it is found in marshes and damp meadows. That was the clincher – it is that here for sure. It’s edible too. Hey, a new salad ingredient!

There’s much more photo opportunity portside, the towpath being across the river, and the people watching potential is brilliant. But I am loathe to point my camera in the face of the ‘innocent bystander’ and have been ever since my time in South Africa 2010.These women clearly did not want their picture taken, something of which I was blissfully unaware until John pointed out I was about to get stoned.  And not in a good way. See the one on the right, arming herself with a rock as the one on the left covers up?

I had no wish to offend or frighten these people; my actions borne out of ignorance of their culture. For that I am sorry.On the other hand, these boys positively relished being in focus and flashed gorgeous grins at my camera. There was a dead cow in the bakkie – see the blood running onto the road? A feast for the family.

Both shots were taken on approach to the Kei River bridge during the run up to Christmas, a particularly manic time on South African roads, as we returned from our epic road trip to visit John’s boys at their anti-poaching unit up near the Mozambique border.

Some towns were totally gridlocked.

So, it remains to be seen whether I brave the towpath people shots or not. I don’t want to upset anyone and you never never know do you?