Monthly Archives: January 2010

Horseback Safari!

I was treated on Sunday to the most magical few hours horse-riding with wonderful friends and wild game. If you ever have this opportunity, do not pass it up!

We rode at a beautiful place near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg), which stocks Wildebeest, Zebra, a variety of Buck, Jackal, Porcupines, among other things…and a gorgeous male giraffe. He is dubbed “George” by the locals, but is COMPLETELY WILD.

Here are a few stunning pics, courtesy of Tuija Jantunen (from Finland) and Andy Hanmer, which show something quite spectacular: Tuija and her mare Destiny interacting with the giraffe! We thought that loneliness may have made him more friendly, since his mate died a little while ago. The good news for George is that he will soon have some more females to play with 🙂

…and a pic of me with the awesome little gelding Warrior, who has the biggest heart and surest footing ever! THANK YOU, Warrior, beautiful boy!! HUGE thanks also to Shaun and Janice who let me ride him!!

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Adaptation

Adaptation = ability and/or art


CHAMELEON – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

It can involve instinct, creativity, or some combination of both.

Quotes to consider:

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” – H. G. Wells

“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.” – Nolan Ryan

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
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Inspiration

Inspiration is the wind beneath the soul’s wings.


MARTIAL EAGLE ON TAKE-OFF – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

We fly infinitely higher when inspired by something greater than ourselves.

Quotes to consider:

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
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Invictus

After anticipating the movie Invictus for many months, being South African, and watching it recently, I’m compelled to comment. On the whole, it is undeniably an excellent film (with Oscar potential) and extremely thought-provoking. However, it left me feeling, in … Continue reading

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Youth

Youth = body and/or mind


WARTHOG WITH PIGLETS – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

The vitality and exuberance of youth can exist in the body with/without the corresponding mindset, and in the mind with/without the physical attributes.

Quotes to consider:

“Youth has no age.” – Pablo Picasso

“To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable” – Oscar Wilde

“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love” – Sophia Loren
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