Culture, Lifestyle, Travel
Misty Mornings and Dusky Afternoons….
Misty Mornings and Dusky Afternoons….¨Day´s sweetest moments are at dawn;
Refreshed by his long sleep,
The light kisses the languid lips of Night,
Ere she can rise and hasten on...¨ - Dawn – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It is time. Your internal clock decides
Days of Summer Past...
Days of Summer Past...
¨Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st¨ - William Shakespeare
Summer… So many charged, enthusiastic and exciting ways
Time to Blossom!
Time to Blossom!
¨The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus,
it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing...¨
How can one describe the bright, spiritual blossoming effect? It is rather an
Blown Away... ¨The wind lifted me up into the trees,
where I danced to the rhythm of the evergreen,
swaying to the tune of the northern breeze,
frozen in timeless melody...” - Christy Ann Martine
Dawn is breaking… The ¨down to the bone¨ cold
Christmas in July!
Christmas in July!¨Christmas is forever,
not just for one day.
Its for loving, for sharing, for giving…
Not to be put away like bells,
lights and tinsel…
The good you do for others,
is the good you do for yourself...¨ - Norman Wesley Brooks
Ever had such
A Winter Wonderland!
A Winter Wonderland! ¨Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand,
and for a talk beside the fire,
it is time for home...¨ - Edith Sitwell
During the month of June, a sudden chill swept
The Greatest Show....
The Greatest Show...
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement;
the greatest source of visual beauty,
the greatest source of intellectual interest.
It is the greatest source of so much in life,
that makes life worth living¨ -
An Intricate Ecological Art piece….
An Intricate Ecological Art piece…. ¨Everyone who works with love and with intelligence,
finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art
a kind of armor against the opinions of
other people...¨ - Vincent van Gogh
It is early
The Brightest Skies....
THE BRIGHTEST SKIES... ¨If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields,
has the power to move you, if the simple
things of Nature have a message that you
A Predatory Paradise....
The Predatory Paradise…. ¨Even the bravest of creatures have fears,but it is not enough to stop them from
moving on the paths they are destined
to walk upon….¨ - Unknown
Every single person across the globe starts their day differently. For
A Kalahari Symphony....
A Kalahari Symphony….
¨Listen. Can you hear it?
The music. I can hear it everywhere.
In the wind....in the air...in the light.
It´s all around us. All you have to do
is open yourself up. All you have to do...
is listen.¨ - August Rush
Team of Thunder and Lightning
Team of Thunder and Lightning ¨Thunder is good, thunder is impressive;
but it is lightning that does the work...¨ - Mark TwainThick clouds start rolling in over Deception Valley Conservancy with the song of the Cape Turtle Dove, being the only
TRUE LOVE.. ¨Beneath a moonlit sky,
adrift in pleasure,
bonding their love together.
Many summers came and went,
her love never swayed,
in celebrations of their summers together.....¨ - Final Voyage – Bill Kamen
The word ¨Love¨, is such a strong word!! Add the words
Heart of a Lion....
Heart of a Lion…
¨ Even if mountains will be put in your way,
The only thing which counts is a strong will
And a heart like a lion
Nothing will be unreachable then
and respect will be your companion...¨ - Petra Yasmeen
A strong will,
The Fresh Start!
The Fresh Start!
¨… A New Year,
A fresh start,
An opportunity to grow
A chance to glow
A moment to reflect
A time to let go
Itś your show
It´s the year you will let the world know
That you are the King of your own show¨ -
A Festive Kaleidoscope...
A Festive Kaleidoscope….
¨...Fancy festivals of fleeting flowers flash their faces
Gatherings gallop through the gleeful and grateful families
Homes harvest happiness and honor their gifted season
Interesting intricate images ignite passion and peace
Jovial jumping jesters to the jolly young and old
Kaleidoscope kitchens with
The Green, Green Grass of Home....
The Green,Green Grass of Home…
¨...The green, green grass of home,
follows me, no matter where I choose to roam.
The blades of grass, weak branches sway upon the breeze,
and the birds singing tunes that to the ear so often please...¨ - Mad
For the Love of Deception
For the love of Deception...¨From earth's furthest corner
To the closest leaves
Love glues the gap between
Two hearts upon a branch...¨ - Eyan Desir (Commitment)Love, dedication and true commitment are what were spread all over Deception Valley Lodge the past few weeks.
Oktoberfest at Deception Valley Lodge....
Oktoberfest at Deception Valley Lodge…..¨….Once back on form, he's set to pounce!
He's on all fours again!
As if on springs, he'll leap and bounce
Before he counts to ten!
This little jewel is known to prowl
And ambush suddenly...
He even makes
Gentling a Wildcat...
Gentling a Wildcat….¨Beyond the wildcatś plundering quest,
for swift and easy as a bird
it mounts, and scarce a leaf is stirr´d
It runs, it flies, it springs, it leaps,
As graceful as the antelope,
yet cruel as the tiger grim….¨ - Isaac
It is all about Rosettes...
It is all about Rosettes….
¨Empirical justice is the sword he wields,
a traveler of astral light; journeyman of
the stars…. - M.L Kiser about the Leopard¨
Our guests couldn't be more blessed. It all started with the celebration of World Painted Dog (More
The Silent Giants
The Silent Giants
¨You whose feet pounded the earth,
the hard earth into powder in ancient times,
so that green things might grow.
You are the protecting spirit of Africa.
You are the whisper of our stories in the
wind that has
Hunters of the Dunes
Hunters of the dunes….-Come with me, hold tight my hand,
Whilst I show you my beloved land,
Africa’s blood washes through my veins,
From Bushveld glades to savanna plains.
Have you ever heard the lion roar…. - Alf HutchisonWhat a special
Wild Honey…....fresh from the stings of killer bees
her notable resilience
like a spring tulip
for she is a survivor….
~ Honey Badger – Vanessa DunnWe all know the saying ¨Africa is not for sissies¨. The Kalahari is a perfect example of this, as
¨I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I intended to
be¨ - Douglas Adams
A Journey full of surprises, love and ambition was led the past two weeks at Deception Valley
A Place in Africa
PLACE IN AFRICA…..This is the place of struggle
Of desert plains and thorn trees
Where pathways end and hunters track game
Of horizons and frontiers
Where journeys start and sunsets bleed red
~ Wayne Visser – I know a place in AfricaAfrica, Botswana, to be
¨Fall, leaf, fall;
die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree…..
- Emily Bronte ¨With Autumn full on us, and Winter approaching ever so rapidly, the atmosphere at Deception Valley Lodge will wrap you
The gods must be crazy
Xi and his San tribe of Ju'/Hoansi bushmen are living happily in the Kalahari Desert. One day, a glass Coca-Cola bottle is carelessly thrown out of an airplane and falls to Earth unbroken. Initially, Xi's people assume this strange artifact is a "present"
The Kalahari refuses to acknowledge that May is the beginning of the winter. Temperatures dip to 5 degrees Celsius at sunrise but by noon the birds and game flock to waterholes to refresh themselves in the afternoon heat close to
Still magical 35 years later
The allegorical story of Xi, a member of a San Bushmen tribe in the Central Kalahari, who received the unexpected gift of a glass Coca Cola bottle dropped from the sky, still enchants audiences over the world, Xi's tribe lived