Sunday, October 3, 2010

Up In Smoke ...

Jason Hernandez - The Smokeman

Hey Friends,

Tomorrow I return to my home in the North again. I can't believe that two months have passed so quickly - Isn't it strange how slowly time dragged when we were young and how the years just flash past when we get older?

I hope to get some building done. Summer is here and the next two months are Namibia's hottest - I'll have to plan my days so that I work in the shade as much as possible, hopefully we'll get some early rains.

As most of you know, it's very difficult to blog at home because of my lousy internet connection there, so this blog will probably be static for the next two months.

I haven't prepared any drafts for automatic posting because to me the most satisfying part of blogging is in interacting with you, which I can't do on the smallholding. Automatic Posts just seem so hollow and impersonal.

I must confess that I'm suffering from an information overload right now and am actually looking forward to a world without TV or broadband internet access ... 'got to get ourselves back to the Garden'

My e-mail addy is on my profile page so if you've got news, (like you're planning a visit to Nam), or even just to say 'Hi', please do write - I check mail from time-to-time.

Thanks to you all for your visits, comments and interaction over the last two months, I've really enjoyed it.

I wish you health and good cheer - see you in December.


ps ... I couldn't resist sneaking this one in - For my recent Giraffe post I thought that I didn't have a pic to show how Giraffe splay their front legs to drink but I found some among my hundreds of unedited images:


Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Few Bucks ...

A few of the Buck to be seen in Namibia's Etosha National Park:

Kudu - Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Widespread throughout Namibia.

Damara Dik-Dik - Modoqua kirkii
A tiny buck, with a shoulder height of about 40 cm.

Black-faced Impala - Aepyceros melampus
Restricted to an isolated population in northeastern Namibia.

Gemsbok - Oryx gazella
Widespread throughout Namibia, even in the desert.

Springbok - Antidorcas marsipialus
Early travelers relate that they saw herds of hundreds of thousands of these buck which took hours to pass.

Steenbok - Raphicerus campestris
Solitary animals ... I've not seen many of them but they are widespread throughout the subregion.

Sorry, I just couldn't resist posting this lucky shot of a young Kudu jumping again.