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Emmarentia Fountian


This is one of the many fountains at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. It is a fantastic place to go walking, with rose and herb gardens, bicycle trails and dams. I quite like the way the angle of the shot shortens the top end of the pond to make it look like a cross.
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G

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Bird of Paradise Flower – Strelitzia


This post was inspired by the consistently excellent work of Don Charisma. Go check out his post. Red And Yellow Flower. This is the South African version of that plant.

This incredible flower is from the plant family “Bird of Paradise”. I am pretty sure that the name comes from its resemblance to the remarkable flying creatures.

I took this photo while staying at a very dodgy guesthouse in Orkney South Africa.

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Love and respect.
G

Praying Mantis


This is the biggest one that I have ever seen. Totally deserves a quick post.

Are you ready for one of the funniest words ever? In Afrikaans, which is the second language spoken here in South Africa. A Praying Mantis is called a “HOTTENTOTSGOT”. How cool is that? I wish I was involved in naming some stuff 🙂 No wait, I wish I could hear you trying to say that out loud. LOL.

These photos were taken in a hurry so please don’t expect too much.
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This one was actually quite friendly and was totally unfazed with me picking it up and looking at it.
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Named Praying Mantis due to its praying like stance or more likely for it’s deadly hunting style. You decide?
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On a happy note. After mating the female bites the males head off. I suppose that is one way to keep a guy faithful.

As always.
Love and respect.
G

Who doesn’t love Sunflowers?


This is a bit of a redo. However, I think these photos are worth it.
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This sunflower field lies next to an abandoned Gold mine in Welkom South Africa.mine1
Welkom is an old gold mining town or city situated in the Freestate province. When driving in these parts, it is incredible to see how many gold mines are scattered all over the landscape. The concrete tower in this photo is called “the headgear”. This houses the huge pulleys that feed the cable used for the lift system. The lift is commonly known as a cage.
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As always, thanks for reading
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G

A dry river bed in Namibia


I took these on the road between Rosh Pinah and Swakopmund in Namibia. It is quite a long uneventful drive that mainly consists of sand and dust. It is hot and dry with temperatures going as high as 40 degrees Celsius. This is an unforgiving place. A breakdown here could put you in serious danger of dehydration and over exposure to heat.
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After hours of nothing, the road gets a little bumpy and there is a sudden bend. Around the corner I find myself surrounded by color and the sounds of Cicada Beetles and birds. Totally AWESOME!
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What an awesome place to have a pit stop. There is a cool breeze blowing that makes the heat bearable. No people for miles, quite an incredible feeling. The feeling that all my money, stuff, contacts and loved ones are in this moment totally irrelevant. I have no cell phone signal and I am truly alone. All I have are memories and stories and a longing to be home that is constantly with me.
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On the road again.

As always.
Love and Respect
G