Wild Horses at Sunset on the Bot River Estuary

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Today at sunset I strolled down to the “lagoon” otherwise known as the Bot River Estuary. Lo and behold, the wild horses were grazing on the grassy banks in the distance about 200 meters (650 feet) away.

The Bot River Estuary lies at the edge of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa. Fortunately I had my camera with me and I decided to get nearer and take some photos. As I approached them the three stallions in the herd watched me carefully before deciding that I was not a threat. In the fading light I was able to take a few — uploaded here for your enjoyment. Continue reading “Wild Horses at Sunset on the Bot River Estuary”

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Terry Kobus Hermanus Based South African Artist

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Local artist Terry Kobus is known for exquisite paintings of South Africa’s indigenous Nguni Cattle. Armed with a camera and his artists sketchbook he rides a mountain bike into remote rural areas where these unique indigenous cattle can be found.

Terry works in oil and on wood and canvas to capture the magic of the grasslands of Zululand, the Drakensberg and the Transkei wild coast. He has exhibited internationally and has a number of works featured in international collections. If you wander down Hermanus’s main street you will find him in his Originals Gallery. He has a working studio there where you can see him at work. Continue reading “Terry Kobus Hermanus Based South African Artist”

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Rhino Massacre in South Africa Continues

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In South Africa, home to 90% of the world’s population of rhinos, a war against internationally funded rhino poachers is losing ground.

Last year 333 were killed, nearly half of them in the Kruger National Park. The year before that it was 209. The year before that, in 2008, the total jumped to a staggering 83 rhinos from a previous year total of only 17. The accelerating numbers are a real cause for concern. In the first three months of 2011 it’s already reached 81. This is in spite of some rigorous countermeasures. Continue reading “Rhino Massacre in South Africa Continues”

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South African Sunset Painted By The Master Scientist

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This photo was taken just after sunset with a Canon Powershot A460. If you painted this incredibly beautiful sky just this way . . well, it would look as if you changed your mind somewhere, wouldn’t it?

The Bot River Estuary lies against the foothills of the Kogelberg mountains in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and only 20 kilometers outside Hermanus, South Africa. At bottom right part of the Kogelberg mountain range is just visible.

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South African Sunset over the Bot River Estuary -- Photo: John Bradfield. Taken with a Canon Powershot A460

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 — 2011)

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“I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else.”

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (27 February 1932 – 23 March 2011) died yesterday morning at the age of 79. Continue reading “Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 — 2011)”

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Marilyn Monroe American Icon

Without any acting experience, Marilyn became a Hollywood media star and a legend in a career that spanned 16 years and 29 movies.

Born Norma Jean Baker (1926 – 1962), Marilyn Monroe began her career as a model and landed her first film contract in 1946. She made her first appearance on the cover of Life magazine in April 1952, where she was described as “The Talk of Hollywood”. Marilyn was catapulted to fame after her picture appeared on the cover of the first Playboy magazine in 1953. Continue reading “Marilyn Monroe American Icon”

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Smoke and Fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – Day 2

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The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is in the heart of the Overberg about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa

By late yesterday afternoon the wind was a factor, blowing strongly from the south-east. The fire was moving rapidly into the mountainous area north of the N2 national road, threatening farms in the area. Continue reading “Smoke and Fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – Day 2”

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Smoke and Fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

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After sunset the fire continued to burn as it marched over the peaks of the mountains in the distance at left casting a bright yellow glare in the night sky.

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve on Fire
The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve on fire
Within minutes, yesterday afternoon, this fire had blossomed from a wisp to a towering column of smoke. The vegetation of Fynbos contains plant matter with eucalyptus-type oils that burn very quickly.

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Japanese Tsunami and the Amazing Resilience of Japanese People

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Day five and utter devastation and mounting problems face the deeply shocked survivors of the worst Japanese seismic event in history. The Japanese people, in the first moments realised that something was different from the intensity and duration of the movement of the ground.

The one-meter drop in sea level which occurred immediately after the 8.9 level earthquake confirmed that this was a seismic event big enough to generate a deadly tsunami. People on the coast began evacuating immediately. Continue reading “Japanese Tsunami and the Amazing Resilience of Japanese People”

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Psalm 117 the Shortest Psalm in the Bible

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In my research for this post I discovered a fair number of divergent opinions on the exact number of verses and chapters in the Bible. There are many good reasons for this — including the many variations of modern translations of the Bible.

Compare the text shown in the photo with the text below. It is different. The original King James Version (KJV) which was completed in 1611 is considered the most authoritative of the English translations in use today. It is the basis of the figures quoted here. Continue reading “Psalm 117 the Shortest Psalm in the Bible”

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