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…

Festival of Leaves- Week 8

As most of you are enjoying a nice autumn, we are having spring. I still have a lot of leaf photos to share of my walk in the countryside a few weeks ago. Here is another 3 of newborn leaves in nature…

Refreshing dewdrops on new leaves

Refreshing dewdrops on new leaves

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Delicate- Ailsa’s WTT

Travel theme: Delicate

Posted on November 1, 2013


“Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.” – Oscar Wilde

“Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill.” – Neil Gaiman


I am not a delicate kind of guy- I like motorbikes, and airplanes, and Cape Buffalo. But just sometimes my eye do catch a delicate thing that sometimes takes my breath away. Here is just a few examples, never seen before on my blog.

The first two photos I took at a glass blower factory in Monschau, Germany. They had the most delicate glass work, and these rose holders caught my eye…

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That was a long time ago, in 2004. But I have not nearly exhausted last week’s walkabout in the field’ s photos!  What amazes me is all the delicate signs of new life in nature during spring. Have you stopped and looked at the new leaf budding from a tree?  That is a work of art…

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Flower Friday



I don’t know what these are called- help if you know….

I don’t have many words this morning, as I have to go and get my bicycle out of it’s winter slumber. It is time to quit being a lazy fatty, and start getting to be a super athlete again.  So in an hour’s time my butt will hurt and my legs will be screaming in pain…  Maybe I will write a lamentation later on today…

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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