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Patterns

Patterns have purpose.


ZEBRA PATTERNS – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


ZEBRA PORTRAIT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

PATTERNS

Nature’s babies note
their mothers’ markings;
Zebra foals imprint
mares’ patterns

Wild dogs follow the flash
of parents’ tails,
Lion cubs spot the black
behind adult ears . . .

But what of humanity –
makers of mistakes,
thanks to the gift of
free will?

Our patterns too
serve a purpose,
teaching lessons
long after leaving

negatives belong
to the winds of change,
positives provide the framework
for fulfilling lives

Quotes to consider:

“To understand is to perceive patterns” – Isaiah Berlin

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” – Unknown

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character…” – Stephen R. Covey

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” – Richard Bach

“The same gold is fashioned into various articles; just so, the Lord has made the many patterns of the creation.” – Atharva Veda

To illustrate a few more of wildlife’s patterns:


AFRICAN WILD DOG walking away – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA


LIONESS looking away – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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The Case for Clean Water – Blog Action Day 2010

Don’t spill, you’ll waste it! Precious drops sink into the hot sand as I mentally admonish myself, pouring water from a 25l canister into a basin. It’s time to wash my hair and there’s not a chance the shower will do it. A scant spray at best, I’d hog our whole supply that way. This is the Central Kalahari Desert and water is scarce, so we’ve brought all our own. Along with a potent reminder not to take things for granted. Such as the basic essential that we’re blessed to have on tap back at home. Like countless other people, but unlike almost a billion around the globe. Here are a few pics to set the Kalahari scene:


DAVE doing the manly thing – Central Kalahari, Botswana


‘SOMEBODY’S WATCHING YOU’ – Central Kalahari, Botswana


LIONESS on the prowl – Central Kalahari, Botswana


STORM BREWING – Central Kalahari, Botswana

It’s Blog Action Day today, which means that thousands of us are posting about Clean Water, this year’s extremely worthy topic. Accordingly, today offers the perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU, and for that matter, in writing. Having recently visited Lesotho, Dave and I witnessed women carrying water from rivers to their rural dwellings, high on hillsides. Back-breaking work, to be repeated in endless cycles. Our Blog Action Day team have provided significant insights into the world’s water crisis, including the statistic that “African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is still usually not safe to drink.”


WOMAN CARRYING WATER – Lesotho, Southern Africa

The Lesotho rivers appear clean and likely are, fed from the majestic Maluti mountains. But we can’t be sure, nor of the mineral make-up of the water. Jason Green from Protector Treatment Systems drew my attention yesterday to their revolutionary solution that removes “contaminants such as silt, colloidal particles, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, cysts, metals, fluoride and arsenic” and can “be powered and operated by children”. His business partner, George Rose, is quoted in their press release as saying: “I’ve seen people in Africa with skeletal fluorosis who can barely walk due to the mineral content of their water supply.” To read more, also of the pilot project in Kenya, visit www.protectorsystems.com.

This is just one example of the positive effort being applied to this issue internationally. Big up to the whole Blog Action Day crew for their part in it too. They offer a simple way for us to contribute, by signing their petition to “Stand for an International Water Treaty to Provide Clean Water Everywhere”. You can do that here: Sign Petition. Good for them also for making us mindful. Last week I blogged about teaching our puppies to swim, without a passing mention of the privilege of a pool. I won’t wait for our next trip to the Kalahari to say THANK YOU again, with sincere appreciation for an abundance of Clean Water.

Finally, speaking of Botswana, water and lions, here’s a pic of the thirsty cats that we found in a shower (from my post: Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!) :


THIRSTY LIONS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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Trust

Trust = Treasure


GROUND SQUIRREL EATING FROM HAND – Mabuasehube, Botswana

A temporary home from home, Losoloago Pan shimmers her welcome. Oppressive desert heat drives us straight to our freezer, emerging with cans of half-frozen mango juice. Stretching, we soak it in, along with the silence. Like shrugging into a familiar shirt, we begin the process of unpacking. Some way off, the silhouette of a Spotted Hyena, less hairy than its Brown brother, lopes behind bushes. We know from last time that both may be about, unusual as it is for their territories to overlap. They’ll visit later no doubt, when the flames of our fire begin reaching for the stars.

The gurgling of a Hornbill catches our attention. Dave is ready, aiming his Nikon into the overhanging thorn tree, which provides scant shade for our rooftop tent. Not to be upstaged, a Francolin scampers towards his feet, followed by some Ground Squirrels. They’re shy at first, growing bolder when we offer little bits of bread. Teeny paws pull our hands closer, light as the brush of eyelashes to cheeks. Never before have we interacted this intimately. Tentative, but determined, they test the limits of Trust. The pleasure, of course, is entirely ours.

Quotes to consider:

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald

“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough” – Frank Crane

Here are some more images to illustrate the scene:


LOSOLOAGO PAN, Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


HAND FEEDING FRANCOLIN – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


GROUND SQUIRREL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!

Little compares to the quiet symphony of a bush shower. Hot water is preferable, regardless if it spouts from a tap, bucket or bag. But the essential ingredient is open air. That perfect blend of shampoo mixed with wildness. It holds a primal pull. Midday is best, mellowing the burst of freshness from drying off:


CLEANSING SUNLIGHT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg

Sometimes, however, caution is prescribed, like once at Mabuasehube in Botswana. Our own campsite barren, we investigate another, only to find that we’re not there first. A pride of thirsty lions precedes us. Maneuvering our vehicles into a safe scenario, we oblige with a steady trickle, before retreating to let them drink. It’s clear that the water tastes delicious to their tongues. You’re most welcome, magnifient friends, with all our love 🙂


YOUNG MALE LION LOOKING FOR WATER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


LION DRINKING IN SHOWER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


LIONS EXITING SHOWER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

LIONESS LICKING HER LIPS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


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Communication

Communication > Language

JACKAL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
JACKAL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” – T.S.Eliot

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” – Stephen King

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who has forgotten words so I can talk with him or her?” – Chuang Tzu
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Wariness

A little wariness goes a long way.

GROUND SQUIRREL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
GROUND SQUIRREL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quite different from distrust, pause for consideration can limit collateral damage.

Quotes to consider:

“Being confident is of course a good thing, but at the same time one must always be wary of being over-confident.” – Cass Gilbert

“Familiarity breeds contempt.” – Aesop / Apuleis
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Teamwork

Teamwork does the trick.

LIONS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
LIONS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

1 + 1 > 2

Quotes to consider:

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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