If an object of great beauty costs a life to produce, is it something we can really afford?
My life has been somewhat colourful and over the years I've been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar. My present passion is the impact of humans on planetary processes. I am married to the novelist and poet Patricia Schonstein and we have two children, one an architect, the other studying genetics at the University of Cape Town.
If you have posterity in mind, the worst thing you could do is to get buried in a box.
To raise awareness of the elephants’ plight, August 12 has been declared World Elephant Day. Getaway and Wilderness Safaris are giving you the chance to share your best elephant images and stand a chance to win a four-night safari into the heart of Zimbabwe.
For the past 10 000 years, species have been figuring out how best to feed, clothe, intoxicate and otherwise delight us to their own ends. Humans may have been suckered into cherishing their chemicals in order to spread their seeds.
Sitting around a campfire, beers in hand after a day’s game-watching, talk often turns from what was seen that day to how to describe creatures in clusters. Here’s some information that could bag you admiration, and a free beer.
Wouldn’t you like to try Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak or use Gollum’s ring to disappear? You’re not alone. Nature’s been working on the problem of not being seen for millions of years.
Because it’s been with us since the beginning of time, bird music always seems somehow right except, perhaps, when it comes from a hadeda. But that could be our fault.
Out there in the watery blue beyond are whole communities linked to the Earth’s cycles, which we’re only just beginning to understand.
Everybody collects something; photographs, souvenirs, ticket stubs, teddy bears or just junk … but some collect more than others. Considerably more.
Gazing across the wild, rolling nothingness of the Kalahari or the ramparts of the Drakensberg, have you ever wondered how that bit of scenery got there? To geologists, the answer is all in the name, but ask them to elaborate at your peril.