January in South Africa is summertime, and this past January during a trip to Kruger, we came across a hyena enjoying a midday soak in a cool puddle among rocks beside the S114 in the southern part of the park.
My December column has posted over at Expat Focus. Please take a moment to follow this link to read it, share it, and support my work there: Christmas Birds in South Africa And as always, a few more photos for my readers here, to accompany the column… In other news on this Manuscript Monday, I’ve … More Christmas Birds
Did you figure out where we’re going yet? I’m giving the final clues in today’s post. The following map is one: I’m also announcing the winner of the last contest for creating another special Flat Stanley. Congratulations to Leo R, of WalktoRio2016, who won the contest with this memorable entry: Morning Dew I woke up … More The Pee Poem
I came across this huge, artificial Baobab tree in Lynnwood Bridge last night, and I knew you would want to see it. How beautiful is this tree? Here in South Africa, the baobab tree is often used during the festive season in lieu of pine trees. You might remember I wrote a tiny bit about … More The Lighting of the…Baobab?
Good grief! I saw a recent WordPress announcement that November is National Blog Posting Month. NaBloPoMo. Seriously? I guess that’s a thing now. In fact, it seems anything is a *thing* and every month is something-or-other-month. So I’m adding my own. In honor of the winners (yes, two people tied for first place!) of the … More NaNoFlatMo? What Month is it, Anyway?
It’s Sunday! What are you doing today? Today’s the last day to enter my Before & After Contest. All you have to do is organize and clean something. Anything. It can be as small as a desktop, or a refrigerator, or as large as a whole room. BE CREATIVE! Be sure to send me BEFORE … More Join Me on My Next Adventure!
There is a weekly photo challenge on WordPress to create Cover Art. Since I’m always imagining cover art for the collection of South Africa essays I’m submitting to indie presses, I already had the photo in mind that I would use. Here is a cover I’ve considered for my work. What do you think? I … More Cover Art
Happy Friday, friends! Love, Marla
When I was choosing a photograph to give you today, I decided to focus on what we saw on our recent road trip: Sugar cane. We were passing the fields of Selati Sugar, near the Malelane entrance to Kruger National Park. Depending on which field you passed, the cane was in several stages of growth. … More Sugar Cane and… “Sugar Cane”
This was our 6th trip to Kruger National Park in the 16 months we’ve lived here. I know we need to explore other areas of this incredible country, but we’ve accepted that we are just “those” kind of people: the ones who get hooked on wildlife, on the beauty of the park, on the endless … More A Leopard Eating McDonalds