Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.” – William Shakespeare If it’s true that one swallow does not make a spring, as Aristotle already knew, does it then mean that many swallows do make summer? That should mean that wherever I go in Portugal, there’s eternal summer, for the swallows are everywhere. BlueContinue reading “Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas”

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Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper

Gary Grasshopper or Luke the Locust? May I introduce you to Gary Grasshopper. This elegant individual belongs to the Acrididae, and there are 356 different species. Some of them are winged and others wingless, but all feed on grass and leaves and are active during the day. Gary’s antennae have less than thirty segments andContinue reading “Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper”

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 …”

Encounters

“I didn’t really lead an exceptional life. I mean, I didn’t invent the light bulb, nor was I ever an explorer and discovered exciting new places, nothing like that – which is what people normally write about. But maybe there is a theme to my life. My love for nature. I suppose that’s a recurringContinue reading “Encounters”