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Appetite

Appetite ↔ Action


FEMALE KUDU EATING – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


MALE KUDU EATING – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

APPETITE

More than a motivator,
marker of hunger,
it drives decisions,
sometimes destiny

Herald to action,
heartbeat of life,
this humble impulse
will be heard

Embraced,
befriended,
Appetite begs
not only for food

Managed,
directed,
it offers a door
to understanding

Quotes to consider:

“A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty” – Seneca

“Reason should direct and appetite obey” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have.” – French Proverb

“Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.” – Horace Greeley

“As we become purer channels for God’s light, we develop an appetite for the sweetness that is possible in this world. A miracle worker is not geared toward fighting the world that is, but toward creating the world that could be.” – Marianne Williamson

“Doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age” – William Shakespeare

For another peek at Nature’s perspective, here are some lions feeding on a Wildebeest kill:


LIONS FEEDING ON WILDEBEEST KILL – Welgevonden, Waterberg, SA

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Apple iPhone is birdsong to my ears

This blogging world is super cool. What a great way to discover new things and interact with awesome people around the world. Last week, we were horrified to learn about the fatbooth iPhone app, which appallingly adds weight to an ordinary mug shot. This was thanks to an excellent post by Agrigirl: It’s Only Funny Until Someone Gets Hurt. Take a look – honestly, seeing is believing! Tammy mentioned more apps, inspiring me to investigate and, quite frankly, take my iPhone more seriously 🙂

My number one app, though, is Sasol eBirds. Dave, being my personal techno-wiz, loaded it for me (if it weren’t for him, I’d have an ancient Nokia). So, if I’m feeling like a bush fix in the middle of Jo’burg, I simply tap in, close my eyes and listen to a few calls. Within a virtual moment, I’m lounging in the luxury of the African wild. Of course, when literally there, we have the bonus of identifying birds and reading all about them.

Or even engaging in conversation, such as recently at Welgevonden. A Mocking Cliff-chat (impressive bird knowledge courtesy of our friends who are accomplished birders) took a shine to the lodge bar. Whipping out the iPhones, we returned its warbling (“loud, melodious mixture of mimicked bird song”). It’s so delightful that I’m going to share it with you – via my iPhone, Sasol eBirds app, and Wordpress’ brilliant Post by Voice feature 🙂

But first, here’s a picture:


MOCKING CLIFF-CHAT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

As well as two photo’s of birds that have my all-time favourite calls. These are the Woodland Kingfisher, abundant in the Waterberg during summer:


WOODLAND KINGFISHER – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

. . . and the African Fish Eagle. It occurs here in South Africa, but is a more common resident of the Okavango Delta in Botswana:


FISH EAGLE TAKING OFF – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Now, for the audio of all three . . . ENJOY!

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Journey

Journey = Joy


‘GEARBOX’ – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg

‘Gearbox’. Not for nothing is it named that. Gnarliest road on the reserve, it snakes steeply up the side of a spectacular valley. As we approach, I engage my core, calling on my inner yogi to straighten my spine. It’s one of the ways I maximise the pleasure of being in the bush. Along with breathing deeply. And looking for little things among the magnificent. Pulling aside to let another vehicle pass, we spot a Chameleon. The feather touch of its feet feels like love on our skin.

Further on, a Kudu bull leaps across our path, the heaviness of his horns tilting his head. Chattering Monkeys peep from treetops, sending a Warthog bolting from beneath. It kicks up the scent of faintly bruised bushes. As we stop and start, warm air contrasts with cold wind on our faces. A mystical moon begins to rise. The main gift of the game drive is its focus on the moment. There is no destination. Instead we return to the same place we started, each experience unique. All the Joy is wrapped up in the Journey.

Quotes to consider:

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” – Matsuo Basho

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles” – Tim Cahill

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end” – Ursula K. LeGuin

As an afterthought . . . here’s a pic of the little guy:


CHAMELEON – Welgevonden, Waterberg, South Africa
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Closure

Closure ↔ Creation

AFRICAN SUNSET – Wlegevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Wrapped in woolly scarves, gloves and beanies, we stop the open-topped Land Cruiser beside a dried up waterhole. Some hadedas squawk off as a lone Rhino marks his territory. “Like a fire hydrant!” Claire comments, while we cluster around sundowners, sniffing fresh air. Savanna Dry, G & T’s, Miller’s, Captain and Coke, all contribute to the colourful conversation, accompanying more-ish snacks. Tangy cheeses and paté, chips and biltong are stroked by the sun before it snuggles into the bushveld.

Another disappearing day beckons us back to a blaze in the boma. Special sightings linger on lips, including a rarely spotted Gymnogene, barreling Bushpig, as well as Lions and their cubs on a Wildebeest kill. Africa, you breathe with closure and creation!

Quotes to consider:

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment” – Carl Sandburg

“A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
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Conservation

Green over greed.

FLOWERING BUSH – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Every day is Earth Day.” – Unknown

“We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.” – Francis Bacon

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come.” – Chinese Proverb

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther
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Cooperation

Cooperation is crucial.

WARTHOG TRIO – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” – Bertrand Russell

“Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.” – William Arthur Ward

“It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived.” – Unknown

“We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” – William Shakespeare
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Leisure

Leisure renews life.

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.” – Thomas Hobbes

“All intellectual improvement arises from leisure” – Samuel Johnson

“We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace” – Aristotle

“Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never” – Benjamin Franklin
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