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Cat in a crook

As we were driving along on a dusty road on a cold, windy day in the Kalahari, Willie’s eye caught this African Wild Cat in the crook of a tree ...

Lioness with cubs - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2014

Kalahari babies

We are on another pilgrimage to the Kalahari. Here are two of the cute babies we have come across on our travels. More photos to follow on our return home.


And now my watch has ended . . .

He was blood of the dragon, but now his fire has gone out. He was Aemon Targaryen. And now his watch has ended. from A Feast for Crows – GRR ...


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Three old favourites by John le Carré

Let me begin by saying that I don’t usually read spy thrillers. ...
Carve Beyond Reality

Carve Beyond Reality – Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Ru-an Hsu, one of the organisers of World Wood Day, (see World ...
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Rosie’s new blog

Our dog Rosie now has her own blog! From  Life with a ...
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World Wood Day – 21 March 2013

As some readers may already know, this blog is primarily about nature ...
Hanging out in the tree tops

Hanging about in the tree tops

What do you do if you’re passionate about trees? You climb them ...
Kleinmond lagoon

Looking back – what did you miss?

This is essentially a “best of the last eighteen months” post i.e. ...

New Year’s Day beach walk

This is a guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa. Full ...
Postcards from Australia: Landscapes

Postcards from Australia: Landscapes

Originally posted on Notes from Africa | photoblog:
This is a ...

Under the sea

A guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa This song immediately ...

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There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. ― James Carroll These photos were taken at a local bird hide which looks out over a lake. It’s very peaceful there, although not always quiet. Breezes rustle through the reeds, frogs croak, insects […]

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Statue of Nelson Mandela, Parliament Square. Image by Warko via Wikimedia Commons.

Fishing with Mandela

Guest post by Willie A tall grey shadow has been cast over South Africa for almost a week now. South Africans have many emotions about the passing of one of the most iconic figures of our time.  When the massive display of grief on the passing of Nelson Mandela becomes a bit overpowering, it is […]

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African Wild Cat in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2013 ©WMB/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

For this week’s photo challenge on Focus, I’ve chosen a photograph of an African Wild Cat which was taken last week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This photograph was taken at quite a distance, so it proved to be a little tricky to keep the cat in focus instead of the background.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour, which Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains as follows: “In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time […]

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The Inca Trail

In the footsteps of the Incas – part 1

Originally posted on justcallmegertie:
There is one word that is universally understood and that expresses the same intensity of feeling in all languages. Wow! What started out as a tick on my bucket list, ended off as a personal pilgrimage for me. But in the end, I completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I…

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Tsava's capture. Image: ©Hannah & Darius Mellet

Not your everyday occupational hazard!

Hannah was first featured on this blog in a post called How Hannah got her Peanut “back”,  about her role in raising a baby rhino. Now she’s back to tell another personal story about the occupational hazards of working with wild animals in a game reserves, and the worries that she, as a Reserve Ecologist’s […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the crowns of some really huge (71.5m or 234.5 feet) Karri gum (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees. To see more photos and information go to the post What do tree surgeons do on their day off?

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