Tag Archives: weekly photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: The colours of the rainbow..

Colour defines Africa. Across the world, people assume it’s a  Black/White thing, with colonialism and politics dominating the conversation at the mention of Africa’s hues. But over here, we revel in the true colours of the continent and it’s cultures.
IMG_2202

There are the red Himba people, proud traditionalists and fiercely independent. Red ochre, herbs and fat help to enhance the natural beauty of the women.

IMG_2418

And yes, there are green forests – plenty of them. The most beautiful green in the whole wide world, however, is found next to unexpected little streams in the desert.
breekyster 2010 140aBlue is for the sky. No Telephone poles, no power lines, no sign of man’s invasion. Africa’s blue heaven is a statement of her unblemished purity – a haven of peace when you leave the cities and the townships behind.

IMG_3188.

It’s not that man doesn’t add colour to the environment. In the remote bush pubs tourists and lorry drivers leave mementos to spice up the scene.

IMG_3001Yet. nothing beats the colours of a real rainbow, like this permanent one at Victoria Falls. The symbolism is there for all to see: despite the raging torrent, the cascade and the noise, the rainbow hovers quietly to assure us that beauty can be found if you view anything from the right angle.

Weekly Photo Challenge: En Route…

Escape! Get out of the city and the rush! The engine’s steady growl is the confirmation that you’re leaving the mad world of pretence behind and that you no longer have to put up with all those artificial smiles in the office.

aa

Now it’s only the open road, peace, tranquility.

aa1The tar stops and the gravel road beckons. Mountains ahead promise isolation.

aaThis is more like it! A splash of green suggests water nearby as the sun beats down.

aaAt last: freedom….

e4Now: change the default setting to: Recharge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken – a sad and common tale

There once lived a two friends in a poor suburb of a large city. The one was happy to continue his father’s business as a carpenter, but the other always wanted more; he swore he’d rise  rise above mediocrity.

b3He bought a flashy car with money he borrowed, and set out to establish himself as an important businessman in the city.

b2His business thrived, allowing him to approach the bank for another loan to buy a villa near the sea.

b1He’d often invite his carpenter-friend over, bragging continuously about the modern conveniences in his mansion. The carpenter was impressed with his friend’s wealth and often expressed his admiration for the success his old friend achieved.

b4“How can you afford such luxury?” The carpenter marvelled at the splendour of it all. His friend laughed and said anybody could live like a king: “Dream big, my friend. Impress people. You’ll see how easy it is if you talked to some moneylenders.”

IMG_3510But the carpenter didn’t do that. He loved working in his father’s old shop where he fashioned chairs and tables for the rich people’s houses.

b5One day, a strange thing happened: the bank demanded repayment of their loans. They used words like ‘inflation’, ‘credit squeeze’, ‘world-wide recession’ and ‘regrettable circumstances’.

b6The wheels of industry ground to a halt and the businessman went bankrupt. The bank sold everything he had, forcing him to live on the streets.

IMG_3122On a cold and rainy night, he breathed his last and was buried in a pauper’s grave.

Trip 2012 415The carpenter lived to a ripe old age, often remarking on the luxurious life of the rich and the famous. “But,” he’d then quickly add, “it just isn’t worth the sacrifice.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nature’s Power

Many, many years ago, there once was a vast lake  – an inland sea – where man and animal lived happily. And Man was instructed: “Take care of the wall I made to keep the water in bay. Make sure the lake does not find the way to the sea”.

orangeNature provided a good life for all and her abundance was proclaimed upon the rocks.

water 5Man became lazy and did not notice the trickle of water that started draining the lake.

IMG_2451The trickle became a stream…and the water gushed down from the lake.

11

it found it’s way through the desert, carving ravines and washing away rocks and trees, until only the barren landscape remained.

water 3And then it reached the sea, where Nature’s anger crashed into the rocks on the shore….

water 2The message: if we don’t look after her, Nature will take revenge. Taking care of her doesn’t require much effort – but if we neglect those small duties, the consequences will be disastrous. The way things are going, Nature will leave us destitute…

water 6

Weekly Photo Challenge: Life in Motion

A few years ago at the Cape Town 100-Miler, I realised that Life is like a series of 100-mile races against time.  We all start off with starry eyes, filled with abundant enthusiasm.

a

Along the way, some support helps us along.

bBut, in the end, it becomes a lonely journey – it’s up to you to take the next steps. Nobody else can run your race for you.

188_8895

There’ll always be the fast ones – the winners who make it look all too easy.

IMG_8899

But, with enough courage and conviction, we have no choice: press on! (Even past the point where you simply feel like quitting).

188_8885

At last! The goal you’ve worked so hard for!

cTriumphantly you sag down in a chair. You’ve done it! Now for a well-deserved rest….and then the next race awaits. You’ve completed  only one step of the process we call life – and will have to keep it up until you cross that final finishing line…

189_8912

‘Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’

From, Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Birds in the Animal Kingdom

As dawn approaches the mountain on wings of clouds, it is time for Nature to start a new day.

c

An early meerkat caught unawares – for the moment! He’s up unusually early, scouting for scraps…

a He’s lucky to have escaped the serval, who slept a bit later today.

b

An industrious mole pokes the last sand out of his tunnel. Time to go to bed…tonight he’ll continue mining for roots.6a

Down in the valley, the hippos don’t care much about such small things. They have water and food. In an hour or so, they’ll sunbathe before returning to their pool.

abfClever Mr Jackall busy soaking up a bit of heat. The nights are getting to be quite cold in autumn, and hunting has been slow. But today? Today he’ll find something to still that gnawing hunger.

a

Ah, yes, the start of another day in Africa… Will they all survive when the sun sets?

a1

Only time will tell…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blurred Memory

“…And that, son, is exactly what a desert elephant looked like. Close your eyes tightly, and imagine what a wonderful creature it used to be.”

begin 2004 080“Gee dad! Really? They used to live here?”

“Yep…right here, in the desert. It was a long time ago, when they were still protected.”b2

“Wow! I would have loved to see one.”

“They were quite magnificent. For a while it looked as if they might have been saved, But….”

b5“Aw no, dad! Don’t tell me…”

“I’m sorry, son, but they didn’t survive, I’m afraid.”

“And now, dad?”

b4“We can only imagine them.They once lived here…free and harmless. Only their memory lives on.”

“But I’ve never seen one, dad! I can’t remember something I’ve never seen!”

“That, my son, is true. Unfortunately the poachers didn’t care.”

Weekly Photo Challenge – the freshness of an African dawn.

There’s something about the freshness in an African dawn…

405The misty waterfall seems to hold its breath as the sun lurks just below the horizon.

IMG_2159Even the clinging bushel of reeds light up in anticipation.

mattanu 085aA lone giraffe welcomes the comforting rays of light, relieved at surviving another night.

100_1493aWhile a tired lion rests after a night of hunting.

Zambia ekspedisie 112aThis is the time for the intrepid traveller to saddle up: Africa awaits, fresh and eager,  to display her charms.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls of Grief and longing

Walls know stuff. They’ve seen the arguments, the passion and the joy of living. And, long after the people have left, they tell the story.

IMG_3247A lover knocked, the door opened, arms reached out for comfort.

IMG_3246Put your hat on the shelf over there, she said, smiling coyly.

IMG_3248Dancing to the kitchen, she asked if he’d like some coffee.

IMG_3315I even stoked the geyser, should you want to freshen up, she said.

IMG_3094I have no time, he answered heavily. The war….

IMG_3339And he left her standing in the doorway, waiting.

IMG_3267She’s still there. She, the walls…and the sand…