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Preserving Penguins and preventing seasickness…

Those of you who’ve read about My Books, will know that our endangered African Penguins are close to my heart. This stems from childhood, when my late father sailed on our national research ships to the Southern islands and Antarctica, sometimes returning with penguins and seals. Despite the passing decades, I’ll never forget them, nor the pungent cocktail of diesel and oil mixed with the sea, so characteristic of the Cape Town docks. The docks of the old days, before the development of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

So it’s wonderful to learn of support for the world’s penguins. My fabulous Facebook friend, Dyan deNapoli (The Penguin Lady) is in the process of launching her book The Great Penguin Rescue. Documenting a devastating oil spill that threatened 40,000 African Penguins, it will no doubt be a PHENOMENAL read, so take a look! For anyone unfamiliar with these birds, here are some pics of the Boulders Beach colony in Simonstown:


AFRICAN PENGUINS – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUINS – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUIN – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUIN – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Dyan also recently drew our attention to a stunning new website of the Global Penguin Society, which ‘is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species, fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management and community education.’ High five to them for all for their amazing effort!

As an aside about sea travel, Dyan offers invaluable advice for preventing seasickness: ReliefBands. She apparently felt no discomfort during five days of crossing the Drake Passage (to Antarctica and back) on a stabilizer-free ship, while others on board were beyond green. The bands ‘have a metal plate that sits against your wrist and provides an electrical pulse that stimulates a nerve, reducing peristaltic activity in your stomach’.

This recommendation came in response to a query on my Mom’s behalf, as she plans to visit ‘The Ice’ next year, shortly after turning seventy. Hard core women, or what? I can’t take the thought of those hectic seas, preferring to stick much closer to coast-lines, but these bands are a definite for future dive trips! I’ll task my Mom with photography 🙂

And how’s this for a cool side benefit? A user testimonial for ReliefBands mentions going on Adventureland rides that kids adore, with ‘NO ill effects whatsoever’! WOW, if that’s possible, perhaps there’s hope for me to read in cars. Now that would be AWESOME 😀 Continue reading

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‘A Feathership of Partners’ for Birdlife SA

While on the subject of conservation, we have some special photo’s to share. I posted these last September, but the sequence is so exceptional that it bears repeating, particularly since WordPress have introduced their great Gallery feature! Over the years, … Continue reading

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Global Day of Action – “Hands Across The Sand”

Here’s something special that SANCCOB are doing in Cape Town today: participating in the global Hands Across The Sand initiative.

This morning, people who care are joining hands across the sand at Blouberg Beach, wearing green and bearing placards that say “Yes” to clean energy, while doing their bit in a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Rocky, SANCCOB’s endearing ambassador penguin, will be there as a living reminder of the threat of ocean-related pollution to sea birds. African Penguins have recently been reclassified as ENDANGERED, as per the IUCN Data List, with oil pollution rating as a key contributing factor in their declining numbers. Their plight features in my first novel, OUT OF AIR (see My Books).

Here are two pics of these engaging birds, which Dave took last year at Boulders Beach:


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Uniqueness

Uniqueness contributes colour.

Its celebration brightens the world.

Quotes to consider:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” – Henri Matisse

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
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Skill

Skill is learned.

It requires patience and perseverance.

Quotes to consider:

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” – Unknown

“Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity” – Erik Christopher Zeeman

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” – David Starr Jordan

“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.” – Albert Einstein
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Personality

Personality is provocative.

It’s no co-incidence that The Lion King‘s Zazu is one of these!

Quotes to consider:

“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” – Mae West

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” – Albert Einstein
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More Madikwe Magic

Our recent return to &Beyond‘s Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve was a total treat. It’s impossible to convey the full extent of the magic with only a few photo’s, so for many more highlights, have a look at my Facebook album: Madikwe – June 2010

To kick off with, here’s a pic taken in the early morning at one of the dams.

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Commitment

Commitment takes courage, returns treasure.


LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER BARING ITS BEAUTY – Masai Mara, Kenya

What if a bird failed to follow the urge to fly?

Quotes to consider:

“Leap and the net will appear” – Zen saying

“. . . the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. . .” – W.H. Murray (‘The Scottish Himalayan Expedition’)

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” – Dr. Rollo May
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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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Spreading the word for endangered species…

Big thanks to Jenny at www.andnow.co.za for spreading the word about the EWT Saddle-billed Stork survey in the Kruger National Park, as well as for featuring some of Dave’s images! Have a look at her informative article, which gives great background to these beautiful, endangered birds: Saddle-billed Stork. While you’re there, she’s included an excellent post on another of our sub-continent’s struggling species: the African Wild Dog.

Here are two wild dog pics of Dave’s, taken at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve here in South Africa, in case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them 🙂

MUDDY WILD DOG - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

WILD DOG ANTICS - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Jenny discovered my post, Saddle-billed Stork Survey, after browsing this blog courtesy of the www.sa-venues.com interview with Dave, so thanks again to them for featuring that!
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