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Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth

In Port Nolloth, a small town on the north-western Diamond coast of South Africa, nature comes back most obviously in the form of the pale shifting sands of the dunes and desert. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The sand of Port Nolloth”

Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns

This photo shows a mother goat with her new-born baby, having just given birth in the street outside the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in the small Eastern Cape town of Tarkastad. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The presence of nature in small towns”

Total eclipse of the moon

On Friday, 27th July, we were fortunate enough to see a total eclipse of the moon. This eclipse is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Continue reading “Total eclipse of the moon”

Liquid reflections

This is a copy of an Agfa slide taken by my father in the 1970s. It features liquid reflections on the surface of the water of the Fever Tree-lined Inyamithi Pan at Ndumo Game Reserve in northern Zululand in South Africa. Continue reading “Liquid reflections”

Sunrise, sunset

This was the sunrise on the day after my mother died. She died on the 23rd April 2018, two days before her birthday and the day before the anniversary of my father’s death. Continue reading “Sunrise, sunset”

Paleolithic

Ordinary objects rendered slightly alien in space and time, in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. Continue reading “Paleolithic”

Bottle variations

These old bottles were all dug up in a long-disused household rubbish pit behind our house. Variations include bottles for medicines, tomato sauce, beer, lime juice, milk, hair oil, Vicks, Marmite, and liqueur. Continue reading “Bottle variations”

Silence from the radio

Stowed away in a storeroom that got flooded in a storm, this old valve radio suffered some water damage. It is now silent and awaits repairs. Continue reading “Silence from the radio”

Weathered wood and woven wire

This weathered wood was found in hot sand next to a sandy road in Botswana many summers ago. It was weathered in desert extremes, scoured by sand and bleached by the sun so as to resemble bone: the bones of a tree. Continue reading “Weathered wood and woven wire”

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