Sunday, July 1, 2012

This , That and Away

Tomorrow I'm heading North again for a few weeks to do some work on the House - I feel a sense of urgency to get as much of the heavy work done while I still enjoy relatively good health.

I'm unfit though, having pigged-out in front of computer and TV for the last month - I'm looking forward to a week of aching muscles ... :)

Watching worldwide events unfolding on TV has reinforced my belief that Global Chaos on an unprecedented scale is not only inevitable but, looming imminent.

With this in mind, a main priority is to finance and install a Solar-Powered pump on the borehole which would guarantee an independent Water source.

On a lighter note, a few random pics which I hope you'll like:


Grass like Snow.


A touring Motorcyclist on a remote gravel road - what's interesting about this guy is that he has a camera mounted on his helmet, allowing him to take pics all the time - how cool is that?


The Fur People alerted me to this Helmeted Terrapin near their cage - I was surprised to find it so far from water but, I've since heard that they're sometimes found in the most unlikely, inhospitable places.


Quiver tree -
Aloe dichotoma


A bird perched on an island in a sea of grass.





Two Dung Beetles vie for possession of the Ball.








This pic was taken from a moving car - a Woman in the middle of nowhere, carrying her possessions on her head.

Most rural African Women learn, from a young age, how to balance and transport sometimes unbelievably heavy loads on their heads for long distances.

The only thing I've ever seen a Man carry on his head is a hat.


I have no TV at home and don't feel confident about my Internet connection - I hope to be able to post occasionally but, even at best, my time on-line will be limited.

Keep well hey.




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29 comments:

  1. As usual your photos are wonderful Graham. For me they truly capture the spirit of Namibia....
    I am sure you are going to find that a few weeks of no TV and some physical work will get you a bit more optimistic?
    I personally avoid watching the TV as much as possible - call it burying my head in the sand if you wish - but TV / news etc. hardly ever shows the "good" that's happening out there. That being said, when I have "enforced" rest at home (no work in other words)I get very down about the state of the world - even without watching TV.
    Have a good trip and take care of your back.
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue - yes, watching the news definitely affects my mood, as does inactivity - I also watch Russia Today which, while displaying an anti American and European bias, does present both sides of a story and shows how the Western media manipulates our minds ... as for Al Jazeera, I've discovered that it is just a CIA front ...

      ... hehe yeah, I've had three months of a pain-free back but I'm sure that'll change soon ...

      You keep well too hey.

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    2. Your photos and posts are always great, Graham. And evoke the nostalgia in me for good ole Namibia. I love the biker on the remote road. Grant wanted to buy me a camera - mounted helmet but being a woman I pillion a bike, keep my balance, enjoy the surroundings and take photos with two hands. I have a little Sony "mik-en-druk" especially for this purpose and have had many of these quick-pics published in magazines. I love your bird capture - amazing. And yes, you're right the only thing I've ever seen on a man's head is a hat, ha-ha! Have a great time working on your house. Blessings. Jo

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    3. Thanks Jo ... :) ... yeah, the reason I like being passenger is that I can take pics of the passing scene - tomorrow I'm travelling solo and won't stop unless a scene really grabs me ... take care hey.

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  2. Safe trip back and I hope the internet connection works if somewhat slowly. I miss you when you are gone. These photos are gorgeous especially the white grass. I can also see the sea of grass rolling in the wind. Love the shot of the bird of prey and that camera fixed to the helmet is a great idea. You are right when do you ever see man carrying anything other than their hat..... no comment!!
    Take care and do not over do it. Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - I hope I can get a good internet connection too ... hehe yeah ... I couldn't balance anything big on my head even if my life depended on it - I love the pic of the woman above for the umbrella hanging askew from the top of the box ... I'll try remember to take it easy ... :)

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  3. Back pain - nature's way of telling you to slow down and carry on tomorrow... But don't suppose you'll listen!
    That bird of prey pic - went in real close and boy it's sharp, and a catchlight in his eye too. Fantastic. And through you I can see that grasses are the thing to photograph in your part of Africa, so many shades and textures in the different varieties.
    Do please take lots of pictures of your house progressing, I always find that so interesting...
    Hope your pets have survived OK.
    Caroline

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    1. Haha Caroline yeah, I know that saying "never do today what you can put off for tomorrow" ... :) ... thanks, I find it very difficult to photograph birds and the one in the pic was sheer luck ...

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  4. HI Graham,
    I cancelled my cable last fall, however I do have a newsfeed on Facebook. The irregular weather pattern is enough to alert me that something is just not right, yes here is that sense of imminent looming of chaos or change in the air. Even on a personal level the changes that are taking place are accelerating compared to the past...enjoy your work out...and yes prepare for complete self sufficiency...I envy you ..I am completely at the mercy of whatever happens.

    We women have hard heads

    or so I am told :)

    Love the pics!

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    1. Hehe thanks Monica - if by 'hard heads' you mean that women are resourceful, I totally agree - I often wonder what people who live in towns and cities can do to to protect themselves from things like power outages, water shortages and civil disturbances ... sometimes I wonder if I'm being too pessimistic but whenever I think about it seriously I can see no other outcome to the problem of human overpopulation ...

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  5. I especially enjoyed the photos of the grasses. Possibly like the American prairies before they were turned under. As always, thank you for all the photos of scenes we'd never see. I am looking forward to pictures of your house renovations when you are able to post them.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - yes, grasses are fascinating and at times I wish I was a more skillful photographer to better capture their beauty ...

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  6. I hope your back holds up & you can get your work done before the "end of the world"!

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    1. Hehe thanks Fran - I hope that the world ends before I do otherwise all my worrying would have been in vain ... :)

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  7. Gave away my TV about 10 years ago, best move I ever made. Don't worry much about the state of the World now. I can't do much about it anyway. Great pics.

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    1. Thanks Phillip - yes, TV does poison the mind - while there are many people who try to change the world for the better, it seems that their efforts are being swamped by the pressure of overpopulation and basic human greed ...

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  8. I think your plan to finish the house and have it be self sufficient is a good one. May you have all the energy you need to do it.
    I liked the video and the song. It gave me goosebumps when Johnny Clegg started singing in an African tongue, which I presume is Zulu.

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    1. Thanks for the good-energy wishes Penny - I think I'll take advantage of the cooler weather to finish the last of the rockwork ... then work inside in shade next summer ...

      Yes, the language is Zulu ... here's the chorus:

      O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma
      (we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon)
      O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba
      (we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth)
      Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama
      (we are crossing over those dark mountains)
      Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka
      (where we will lay down our troubles)

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    2. Very beautiful! Thanks for the translation. I hope your building work is going well.

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  9. Have a good and safe journey and a good time at your home. Look forward to seeing more pics.

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  10. Awesome pics man, how's those bird's nests? They're huge!

    That doodad on his head is a video camera, a very very very nice one ... did i mention it's nice?

    As for TV and news, out there you have no need of it at all ... although a solar powered pump sounds very much like what you need :)

    Have a good trip
    peace

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  11. I don't understand your feeling of global chaos. It seems the world has been in chaos forever. Take care and be careful working on your house.

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  12. How could you find such a beautiful sing Graham! You never stop surprising me. Thanks for the pics, and the words. Have a good time up there and come bach soon hehehehe.
    Big hug man!

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  13. The color of that grass is amazing. The woman is fabulous. Here in the U.S., global warming seems to have arrived. Together with storms that blew out the electric grids for thousands of people, so your idea is great. Solar power you will always have that. I'm wondering if global warming may not drive people even more crazy and the world toward even more chaos.

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  14. Thanks for your comments Calvin, David, Bill, Oswaldo and Inger - I'm sorry that I can't reply individually but my Internet Connection sucks big time ... I'm working on it ... Keep Well you all ...

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  15. Hi Graham .. I clocked in - had a good look at lovely Africa, noted all your comments - so true .. and that the solar powered pump sounds a very good idea - may it come to fruition soon.

    Love the photos - sea grass, lady .. and that bird .. great to see .. cheers Hilary

    PS - I've noted the lack of internet .. I'm jsut glad to see the photos and catch your news ...

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  16. Back still holding up?
    Caroline

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  17. Great song by Johnny Clegg, lovely photos. Dont work too hard

    LG

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  18. Thanks for the comments Penny, Hilary, Caroline and LG - I'm fine and back on-line again ...

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