Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl

I met Bubo (Bubo Capensis) during an evening stroll and was happy when I realized he wasn’t scared of me. He didn’t even seem to think of flying away. He sat on his branch, orange eyes taking me in, as well as his surroundings, while the wind was playing in his ear tufts.  He lookedContinue reading “Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl”

Adventure #1:The Idea

***Release “Healing Rhinos and Other Souls – The Extraordinary Fortunes of a Bushveld Vet” as Podcast and Audio book. (Just let it go! It’s been ready for a while, but my old friends, Ms Perfectionism and Ms Procrastination interfered… )*** How are ideas born? Where do they come from? Why do they sometimes linger forContinue reading “Adventure #1:The Idea”

Encounters #2 – Jiminy Cricket

When out and about, adventuring, experimenting, traveling or simply walking, I’m often amazed at the sheer variety and beauty of what I encounter along the way. At the same time I feel humbled, because I realize how little I know. So:
“Open your eyes, take note, read up – and learn something new.”
Randomly, random facts, at random times.

Greetings from Gabon

An elephant wakes up from having been fitted with a tracking collar that will help protect him and his kind from poachers, and shows that he’s more awake than… Enjoy – and watch to the end! It reminded me of Walter Eschenburg – a lot! That’s just the sort of thing that could have happenedContinue reading “Greetings from Gabon”

Travels with Kapuscinski (1) – Why? or “The Delight in Life”

He is a wonderful travel companion; tireless, humble, inspiring, full of understanding and wisdom. One couldn’t wish for better, more enlightening company. The great Ryszard Kapuscinski. When I first read his books, I had the strange sensation that there was finally somebody who understood… In “Travels with Herodotus”, Kapuscinski muses about the need to travel…Continue reading “Travels with Kapuscinski (1) – Why? or “The Delight in Life””

A Serious Sense of Humour

… Willem’s expression suddenly changed. ‘Walter, Walter, die ding word wakker! – She is waking up!’ There was more than a little panic in his voice. The truck just carried on slowly, the driver completely oblivious to what was happening behind him. From Walter’s vantage point, things looked quite safe, so he leaned out ofContinue reading “A Serious Sense of Humour”

Giraffes …

‘Mr Eschenburg? It looks like both tendons are torn,’ the specialist remarked. ‘You should have come earlier… How did you manage to do this anyway?’ ‘I was running through the veld after a giraffe and I stepped into a hole.’ The doctor laughed politely. ‘No, I actually need to know what really happened.’ ‘Ja, well,Continue reading “Giraffes …”