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Treasure

Treasure is best shared.


LITTLE PINK FLOWERS – Johannesburg, South Africa

TREASURE

Sugar pink
candy floss
Spring fresh
Flowers

Caught in Nature‘s
light show,
you’re Laughter
brought to Life

What a Gift
to the World
that you share your
Treasure!

Quotes to consider:

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Lynn Pearson

“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Bible

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” – Buddha

“Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

. . . and some more pics, because I just couldn’t contain myself to one 🙂

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Awakening

Awakening → Awe


BEE DRINKING FROM WATER LILY – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

AWAKENING

Enticed
by Morning’s
first
Caress

her Heart
swells
to embrace
the Sun

Warmth
from without
Light
from within

She is
all at once
immersed in
Radiance

Quotes to consider:

“We are near awakening when we dream that we dream.” – Novalis

“If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.” – Gail Sheehy

“I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Creativity comes from awakening and directing men’s higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni-verse and are appointed by Heaven.” – I Ching

“The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.” – Jacques Maritain

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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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World Book & Copyright Day

In recognition of today being World Book and Copyright Day, I’d like to share some inspiration especially for those who honour the urge to write, regardless of the challenges posed by the process. The following quote is included in Napoleon … Continue reading

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Delight

Delight > Drugs


ELEPHANTS IN MUD-BATH – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

It is freely available – anytime, anywhere 🙂

Quotes to consider:

“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children, that makes the heart too big for the body” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.” – Emanuel Swedenborg

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius
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Eyes

Eyes express eternity.

TIGER'S EYES - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
TIGER’S EYES – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The eyes have one language everywhere” – George Herbert

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Circumstance

Circumstance is subject to change.

OXPECKERS ON HIPPO - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
OXPECKERS ON HIPPO – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” – Bruce Barton

“The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance.” – Viktor Frankl Continue reading

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Patience

The rewards of patience far outweigh the pain.

TORTOISE - Witwater Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
TORTOISE – Witwater Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

“He that can have Patience, can have what he will” – Benjamin Franklin

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.” – Unknown Continue reading

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Integrity

Integrity is what you experience when your head and your heart are holding hands.

MAN UNDER TREE - Masai Mara, Kenya
MAN UNDER TREE – Masai Mara, Kenya

Quotes to consider:

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” – Unknown

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson

“A little integrity is better than any career” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Beauty

Beauty is about being.

ROSE IN BLOOM
ROSE IN BLOOM

Quotes to consider:

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” – Confucius

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” – Kahlil Gibran

“Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective.” – Unknown

“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break.” – Sara Teasdale

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller Continue reading

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