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Butterflies of the Great Thirstland

The Kgalagadi desert’s butterflies featured in this post resonate with two posts from last year reflecting on resilience and fragility (symbolised by desert flowers) and the need for hope (symbolised by butterflies). It is just over a year since South Africa recorded its first confirmed case of Covid-19 and those posts were in response to the burgeoning uncertainty and fear as the pandemic’s inexorable infection rates escalated across the world.

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Ring-necked doves, Namaqua doves and a lanner falcon on the hunt

Although I love the four species of doves and pigeons that visit our garden, there are several other species in the country that I have missed seeing in these travel-free times. In this post I showcase the almost ubiquitous ring-necked dove (except in our specific neighbourhood it seems) and the Namaqua dove, which I have mostly seen in the more arid regions.

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Finding resilience and fragility

Across the globe we are facing the uncertainty and challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Here too in South Africa a State of Disaster has been declared as the number of people who test positive for the virus increases by the day. Continue reading “Finding resilience and fragility”

Weekly Photo Find: Wild grasses protecting desert sands

I got down to grazing antelope eye level to take this photo of wild grasses in Mabuasehube Game Reserve in Botswana. The horizon behind the dry pan in the distance can scarcely be seen in the brightness of the early morning sunshine backlighting these grasses and their lovely plumes of seed. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wild grasses protecting desert sands”

Weekly Photo Find: Big sky landscape

Far away from suburbia, Mabuasehube Game Reserve in southern Botswana. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Big sky landscape”

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