What’s in a name?

Afrikaners call it a ‘Skoenlapper’ but I’ve never seen a ‘Vlinder’ (=Dutch) repairing a shoe. The English name it ‘Butterfly’. Have you ever seen one on butter?

The Big Sand Slide

(in Afrikaans: grootzanddrift)

VETplant

Is Afrikaans for (literally): FAT plant. It’s the equivalent of succulent plant. Here is one:

A book review: The Boer War

It’s very unusual that I write a book review although I read many books. Writing a book review in a photography blog goes beyond usual but since I like the unusual … 😉 I’m living now for fourtheenandahalf year plus almost two months in South Africa and have read many books about its history but this …

‘Foggy’ Adeniums on the ‘Stoep’

(‘Stoep’ = Afrikaans for ‘Verandah’. It originates from the Dutch ‘Stoep’ but the Dutch ‘Stoep’ is not a verandah; in fact it’s just a small step-up in front of a (front-)door sometimes covered by a mat to wipe your feet off… This Dutchman in South Africa has a south African ‘Stoep’ including ‘Braai’ – ‘Braai’ …

‘Die Uitvreter’

‘Uitvreter’ is the Afrikaans for somebody who parasites on others. In this case a parasite plant that grows in trees.

‘Weltevreden’ homestead

One of the few left original Cape Dutch farm homesteads in the Breede River Valley. Pity that the owning family (6 or 7 generations) has replaced the tatched roof with one of cheap maintenance free corrugated steel. ‘Weltevreden’ is Dutch/Afrikaans for ‘Content’.

Street Photography 10: The Border

Living at the edge of the village has its advantages. Our street borders a stream (“Vlei” in Afrikaans) with an abundance of winged wildlife. Every morning I let the dog out and we are greeted by ducks, seagulls (the ocean is only a few kilometers in bird flight) and other birds I don’t know the …

Street Photography 7: Doggy Walk

Living at the edge of the village has its advantages. Our street borders a stream (“Vlei” in Afrikaans) with an abundance of winged wildlife. Every morning I let the dog out and we are greeted by ducks, seagulls (the ocean is only a few kilometers in bird flight) and other birds I don’t know the …

Street Photography 6: On the Look Out

Living at the edge of the village has its advantages. Our street borders a stream (“Vlei” in Afrikaans) with an abundance of winged wildlife. Every morning I let the dog out and we are greeted by ducks, seagulls (the ocean is only a few kilometers in bird flight) and other birds I don’t know the …