“Why are you taking photos of this one? He is for eating.” K.B. stepped back to remove his shadow from over my camera.
Lying across a dirt trail near my campsite in southern Africa I was tracking the movements of a large caterpillar. Camera pressed to my face I waited for it to reappear from the dead leaf litter. Its vibrant colors against the late autumn browns of the wooded campground were even better with the sun filtering through the trees.
Monday’s library program, Zim, Zam and the Smoke That Thunders, has been postponed until early 2018. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Week festivities!
Meanwhile in southern Africa the country of Zimbabwe was put on hold while our friends there awaited the outcome of military activity (aka “coup-not-coup”) and the potential ouster of one-time hero-turned-President-turned-Autocrat: Robert Mugabe.
The currency of electricity from our Zimbabwean friends reaches across the ocean. They are excited, and filled with more hope than they knew they still had. During our years living in South Africa we made many friends from Zimbabwe. They often related their frustrations and fears about the state of rule, circumstances of their families back home, and frustrations with what seemed like unending limbo.
Limbo has ended.
Now it’s time to hope that the new Zimbabwe matches the expectations of the majority of its people, and gets itself positioned more conscientiously to help its citizens, and hone its strengths to become the global powerhouse it can be.
Come learn about our own travels in Zimbabwe, as well as Zambia and Botswana in the region around Victoria Falls. The new program dates for this and other events will be announced in early 2018.
Back in the U.S.A., and hoping to share a few stories with you…in person!
3 great (and 1 silly) reasons to attend my presentation on South Africa at the Indiana Free Library next Thursday, July 12th!
1) You like to travel or dream of travel, and are curious what South Africa has to offer.
2) You’ve always wondered what it’s like as an American to live years in another country far from home and family.
3) You’re a teacher, and looking for inspiration/ideas to include South Africa in your 2017/2018 lesson plans.
4) You’re Mar-Curious, and just want to see if I can still manage to entertain you for an hour.
Join me, and experience the presentation that my poor husband, Kurt, has had to survive as I worked to create a bit of edu-tainment for you.
Indiana Free Library
845 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
The Community Room is located on the second floor.
I have to admit, this one had me stumped. Kurt and I were going through photos of our first trips to Kruger, in late winter/early Spring of 2013, and came across this photo I took of a pretty yellow-and-white bird in a bush.
Having spent the last two years cramming birds of Southern Africa into my brain from a few identification books, I was sad to realize how little I still knew of the variety of birds here.
In the end, I had to send the photo to a bird guy (not to be confused with my snake guy, or my chicken guy) because I just wasn’t sure.
Before I give the answer, who wants to guess? Your clues are (other than the colors and that beak): Kruger Park, woodland setting, early springtime.