Will one ever understand.??

What drives a person to take their own life?.. What thoughts are so dire that the only way out is death?

A friend has passed by his own hands and those left behind cannot understand, what was so bad, that talking and or prayer could not have saved a life….

It is not those that go, but those that remain behind that suffer the sufferings of death…

I found this and felt in his honour I’d share it…

Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live – Author Unknown

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
to bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
but how many were sorry when he passed away

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Clippety-clop.. this is the end of the lot…

These are the last of my Grey Crowned Crane that I took not long back… so you can smile broadly and expect something else… I still have to find something to photo, so that I can share it with you….

“What is making that noise down there ?”

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“Is it a bird, or a plane or a fish burp..??”

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“Pheeeew must be a fish burp….”

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“Think I’ll move over and join the others…”

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“What was that .?? another noise I don’t know…”

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and then a final photo……..

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Three little maidens from school are we…..

Many, many, maaaaannnnnyyyyy years ago, when in my first year at high school, I was shanghaied into playing a part in this Gilbert and Sullivan production of Mikado…. I was to play a maiden…

Now I have to thank my lucky stars that it was not a major part, but rather one of the young maiden chorus group… now stop that laughing… I may still need to visit a shrink in years to come…

When these three ducks or Cape teal came swimming around the corner the song came back to me as if it was yesterday…. Now I know I need psychologist….

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Three little maids from school are we

Pert as a school-girl well can be

filled to the brim with girlish glee

Three little maids from school……………… hell I have a shiver going down my back….

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Can you that know me, picture this body playing the part of a school girl ? Dressed in a pinafore reaching the ground…. and a bonnet six foot high (slight exaggeration) on my head and a forehead of curls that were made using curling irons ??  Didn’t think so… you don’t know how I prayed for the proverbial things to drop that my high voice would become a deep thunder……

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But any way here is a few other photos of the Cape Teal…

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Plover or Lapwing, does not matter, a Blacksmith it will remain….

The blacksmith lapwing or blacksmith plover (Vanellus armatus)

This bird I knew as a plover, yet someone decided it should become a lapwing… now I have searched high and low and cannot find a decent answer as to why it has become a Lapwing…

So, any one out there that wishes to help me with a definitive answer, please feel free to do so…

This little guy I know as the Blacksmith Plover was not in the least concerned about what I called him. He told me so… he said “Plover; Lapwing, who gives a damn, so long as I remain a blacksmith man” so until I have an explanation… he remains a plover….

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Hobbly Nobbly Dinkum Do.. I got a snoz unlike you…

When you wish upon a star,

Just beware of where you are,

Noses grow, ask Pinocchio,

Knob-billed ducks can tell you so….

How would you like a bill like this…

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This duck has such a knob on the bill one tends to miss its beautiful colours….

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Want to know more about this duck ?? Click on this link….

Lorna? Phyllis? call her what you want… she’s a beaut..

Here are a few more of the Grey Crowned Crane I captured the other week, Like the flamingos, I can’t get enough of these photos, as well as the cropping such close ups afford…

Enjoy these few that I just love… A star burst ??

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I am so watching what you are up to… wow I do love that eye…

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Have a great week all of you…..

Well I’ll be a monkeys uncle…. something upcoming..

I have been a little quiet yesterday and today as we moved down to Kathu… We have a small house here to move into and that has kept us pretty busy, driving down and then cleaning the house.

No sooner were we finished cleaning up, when the wind came up .. strong enough to blow a few trees down and of course to refill the house full of dust and sand once more….

I mentioned to my son about my flamingo photos. His answer was “Did you take them at Kimberly?”

“WHAT???? where would I find flamingos in Kimberly???” my answer….

“Google it.!!!!”

Is that the only answer one gets these days.??… well I did and that is where the monkey enters the picture… CLICK HERE TO GO TO THRE LINK FROM WHICH I SHARE A FEW FACTS…

How is it I’ve never heard of this before today (yesterday actually)…???????

“The flamingos of Kimberley’s Kamfers Dam offer a rare and lovely sight – thousands upon thousands of these pink birds stretching for as far as the eye can see. This area is one of only four breeding sites in Africa for lesser flamingos and is a must-see for any birder.”

DAMN….(excitement) it is only 2 hours drive from here…

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Not my photo, but sorry in the future you are about to be inundated by such photos…

“Kamfers Dam is a permanent wetland just minutes by road from the iconic old diamond mining town of Kimberley. Some years there are around 20 000 birds at the dam; but sometimes the population can rocket up to 50 000 birds and more.”

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“The lesser flamingos flock to this dam because it has an abundance of algae, the favoured food of these filter-feeders. Apparently the amount of algae in the dam has been put at 750 000kg.”

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Sorry all… I will be visiting there next week and you can be assured I will insure every battery I have is charged and ready… and then….. MORE FLAMINGO PHOTOS…. yahoooooooooo….