Search

letting nature back in

at home and further afield

Tag

South Africa

Scrutinized by buffalos at the Kruger National Park

On a morning drive at Kruger National Park, seeing a large group of buffalo approaching we stopped our car to watch. They came closer and closer and then they stopped too. We had thought that we were watching them, but it turned out that they were also watching us.

Continue reading “Scrutinized by buffalos at the Kruger National Park”

Abstract photos from Kruger National Park

Light, texture, pattern and other elements attracted my camera lens to capture some abstract images while on our visit to the Kruger National Park.

Continue reading “Abstract photos from Kruger National Park”

Three dwarf antelope: Steenbok, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer

We were fortunate to see three species of dwarf antelopes on our recent trip to Kruger National Park. For an idea of their size, they stand no more than about 60 cm (23.5 in) tall at the shoulder and the average weight of individuals is in the region of 8–13 kg (17.5–28.5 lbs).

Continue reading “Three dwarf antelope: Steenbok, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer”

Elephant rumbles

When I was a child growing up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, elephants had not yet been introduced into our provincial parks, and so apart from sighting elephants on two brief trips to Kruger National Park, it was only in the early 1990s on slightly more extended trips to Botswana that we spent more time observing elephants – usually from our vehicle but sometimes too as they walked by, or even into, our camping site.

Continue reading “Elephant rumbles”

Just saying hi!

This week things have got a bit hectic so I am just saying hi and postponing the post on elephant communication until next week.

Continue reading “Just saying hi!”

The secretarybird and the rising sun

A secretarybird with wings outspread and crowned by a stylised rising sun, tops the South African national Coat of Arms. The light, energy and splendour of the sun signifying the rebirth of every day at sunrise, and the soaring flight and power of the secretarybird are intended to inspire confidence and evoke potency.

Continue reading “The secretarybird and the rising sun”

Wordless in the aftermath: KwaZulu-Natal July 2021

This week in the aftermath of the widespread looting and destruction across much of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng I have few words. Although a semblance of calm might seem to prevail and road delivery routes are opening up, suffering and bereavement, sadness and pain, loss and fear, anger and resentment remain.

Continue reading “Wordless in the aftermath: KwaZulu-Natal July 2021”

What may emerge from the ashes of destruction?

We have a crisis in our land. Reports of an orchestrated insurrection seem increasingly credible.  The political campaign ignited an explosion of destruction, and according to many analysts, it exploited and was partly fuelled by the misery and hopelessness of dire poverty and high unemployment levels that afflict a high percentage of people in our country (with youth unemployment being over 50%).

Continue reading “What may emerge from the ashes of destruction?”

Journeying from freshwater pans to garden pond

One of the most beautiful fresh water pans in the northern Zululand region (Maputoland) of KwaZulu-Natal is the Inyamiti Pan in Ndumo Game Reserve.  The pan is fringed by fever trees with their pale yellow bark reflecting in the water, especially in summer when the water level is high.

Continue reading “Journeying from freshwater pans to garden pond”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑