I have been lucky to have several talented writers and photographers agree to write guest posts for Notes from Africa. As I had done a “looking back” post for my posts last year, I thought I’d do the same for my guest bloggers.
Before beginning with my favourite guest posts though, I’d like to thank family and friends who have shared their stories and photos, for me to use on my blog. Special mentions here go to Theo and Piet van Zyl, Heyns Kotze, Connie Jonker, Sarita & Thinus Botha. They’ve generously handed over memory sticks filled with their photos when they’ve returned from an interesting trip. Willie (the one I live with!) also has contributed enormously to this blog. Although he’s written some “guest posts”, I’ve included my favourite of his posts in my own top posts list.
So now to my favourite guest posts . . .
Click on the red links or the accompanying photos to go to individual posts.
Guest blogger: Skadu
Skadu’s blog Microfishing in the World Pool documents her life on Gabriola Island (British Columbia, Canada) in images and words. At the beginning of last year, we discovered a mutual interest in fantasy (think “Lord of the Rings“) online role-playing games. Since she had given the subject a whole lot more thought than I had, she agreed to write about her views on role-playing games in two wonderful posts: Fantasy, Reality, Dreams – Part I and Fantasy, Reality, Dreams – Part II.
These are excellent essays on what role-playing games are about, and I would think would be of interest to gamers themselves, people who just want to understand more about gaming, and also people who know gamers (and are confused about the attraction!).
Guest blogger: Lu
Lu from The Unwitting Traveller – an excellent blog combining photography and stories about her travels around the world – shares with me the “curse” of having very vivid dreams. In response to my post about having somebody else’s dreams, she wrote about her own dreams in the post Befriending Mr Sandman.
Guest Blogger: Jos
Jos Badenhorst works for a local forestry company and lives at a nearby forestry station. He shared the interesting story of a “leopard cam” which they put up in one of the forests, in the post If you go down to the woods today. Yes, they photographed a leopard, and a whole lot more!
Guest Blogger: Estie
Estie is not only my sister-in-law, but a friend with whom I share a love of nature and crime fiction. She’s contributed to my blog a number of times, but my two favourite posts are from a trip which she took to the Eastern Cape interior.
The first is the The Valley of Desolation post. This place just looks so surreal and other-worldly to me – an ancient landscape. And the name Camdeboo National Park sounds really ancient and different too. “Camdeboo” has evolved from a phonetically similar Khoi word meaning “green hollow”. I’m not sure how green this hollow is!
and the post: Cactus labyrinth, because I like cacti and have never seen so many big ones in one area.
Guest Blogger: Karl-Heinz
Karl-Heinz did a series of four posts on his trip to Namaqualand and the Tankwa Karoo. I had two favourites amongst them. First, the post about the Namaqualand National Park. Karl-Heinz and his wife Sonette went there last year during the height of the Spring wild flower display. It was stunning to see the carpets of bright flowers in what is usually a dry and drab Karoo landscape.
and the post about the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The Tankwa Karoo is another amazing ancient landscape. Below is one of my favourite photos of Karl-Heinz’s trip there. “Tankwa” could be translated as “turbid water”, “place of the San”, or “thirst land”. Which all sound very appropriate to me.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed these guest posts as much as I have.