Global Warming is real around my home town…

I see a lot of politicians around the world trying to deny the effect of Global Warming. Some call it just a myth. But each month sets new records as the warmest month in human history. And it is wreaking havoc around the globe. Some places get a lot more rain than usual.

But here in the Limpopo Province of South Africa nature forgot to send rain, this whole season long. The effect- it is the first time in my 22 years living in our town, that our town’s dam is drying up completely. This is our main water supply.


This is the last remaining water in our dam, with water levels now getting too low to pump any water out anymore.


This lonely rock would in a good year be more than 10 meters under water… 


Even my Pick-up (Bakkie!) is going boldly where it has never been before…. 

Fortunately our town has a new government after the last Local Government Elections. While the previous regime did nothing to ensure water supply, the new Municipality is keeping us up to date about the water supply, and have started to order the drilling of a few boreholes, something the previous mayor and friends failed to do in the past 6 dry months. We also get water pumped in from Pretoria, our capital. The previous town council became in arrears with their payment of water, so supply was severely limited.

Fact remains- it is very dry around here. We need rain very soon in this new spring season, as nature is having a very bad time, plants and animals dying from thirst..

I hope I can post a photo with an overflowing dam soon…

The Longest Day…

While some of you have enjoyed the longest night in the history of Planet Earth yesterday, it was the longest day here in the Southern Hemisphere.

We are finally having a little bit of rain here in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is also hot summer days- and when the sun shines, it is ideal riding time.

So, dear Biker for Live… (sic)

Yesterday I had a lot of fun. This old Biker took his daughter and a friend to visit another dear friends in the neighbouring town at sunset.


What a Ride it was! The clouds were building up over the northern horison, beautiful high cumulonimbus, promising another spectacular thunderstorm soon. The western horizon was clear of cloud, with the most beautiful golden shower of light. The wind was like Baby Bear likes it, not too hot, not too cold. Just right. And spending some quality riding time with friends and having good coffee with them- what could be more perfect on the Longest Day?

I had fun…

Found in Nature- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

I want to share my photo of an Impala ram with you. A lot of American readers might ask where a Chev Impala occurs in nature, but then… it was named after this small antelope in Southern Africa…  There are quite a lot of them in our region, which is renowned for it’s game farms.


Another Bushveld Wedding!

This afternoon I have the great privilege to conduct the marriage ceremony of my younger colleague, and his beautiful fiancé, at a Lodge outside our town. My daughter is doing the photos for this wedding, her first solo gig…  Yesterday we went to go look at a lot of backgrounds for the family and brides photos. I also took my camera along, for I love this place- regular readers will recognize some of the scenes immediately…


May they bring lorries full of love to this union…


May love be the chain that holds them together when the road gets rocky


May they be happy wherever the wind blows them…


I don’t hope they will use the phone to call it off before 4 pm today!


Wherever they will stay, may it be happy home!


At 4 PM we will tie the knot…


So may they be happy together from today onwards…





Share my world week #39- Cee’s Challenge

Share Your World – 2013 Week 39

1. You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?2. Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

3. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

4. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose?


1. No, I would take the money, and take my wife on a Bucket List holiday (remember a US$ goes far in our country!)  Would it be enough for airplane tickets to go and have a picnic under the Redwood trees in California? I would love that very much! Also- a childhood friend is a pastor in Brentwood, California, I would dearly love to visit him again…

No photos of the Redwoods… yet…

2. Yes I believe in eternal life- I am a Christian pastor, I should… 🙂

Stained glass window in John Knox's Church in Edinburgh, St Giles Church.   Yes, I'm a Believer...

Stained glass window in John Knox’s Church in Edinburgh, St Giles Church. Yes, I’m a Believer…

3.  Some days it feels like a tragedy with the hero going down in flames, like Icarus.  But just sometimes it is an action movie, and for these moments I live!


I used to be a good shot in the Army, I am a bad hunter… (around here that is the definition of a Vegetarian…) I love being in nature, even with my hunting rifle (a World War II Lee Enfield Mark IV, customised with a Tasco 4X 40 scope) but I do not like to kill…

4. After all I have read, I would like to spend a weekend alone in the Smithsonian Institute… I have never been to the USA (yet…) but in everything I have read, that is the one institution I would love to visit…

No photos of the Smithsonian Institute… yet…

The Path in the Bush- Cee’s Which Way

I like to share parts of my world in the South African Bushveld with you… Mainly because it can be so totally different from where you call home… 

This is one of the photos taken on my walkabout Saturday Morning, in the Bush about 15 km from my home… On these paths you just never know what you are going to see next in the line of wildlife, trees, or birds- we are blessed with the most amazing species of all those all around us…



In Hollywood the tourists drive around, looking for the stars’ homes. We have one too! This is the home of Pumba the Warthog from Lion King… but he was not home…




This is his brother, living about 8 km away at another holiday resort (taken in September this year)



And this is just some of the scenes that you can find along the way here in my part of the world…  (maybe I am stretching the boundaries of this challenge a little bit here… 🙂  )

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Festival of Leaves- Week 5

After yesterday’s walk in nature I do have a lot of new photos to share over the coming weeks!  Last week I shared a water lily’s leaves. This week- I don’t know what this plant is called, my South African friends who knows their flora might help… it was just so small and cute fine little  leaves, that I thought to share them this week.

_MG_1216Canon 400D, f 5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 200, focal length 220 mm (55-250 IS Canon lens)

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Sunday Stills- Trees

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Trees/ Fall Colours?

Posted on October 20, 2013 by 

Easy challenge this week, for those of us who can, lets make this a fall foliage challenge too..:-)


_MG_0119 _MG_0130 _MG_0356 _MG_0788It is Spring in South Africa. So I will just share some of our local trees as they are at the moment, or were in the last 2 months…