The biggest of the stalls

Can you Digue it?

No trip to Antananarivo, or Tana as the locals here on the island of Madagascar call it, is complete without a visit to the Digue Market. Prices for the souvenirs crafts touristy junk are set astronomically high (like ten times what they should be) by the traders, and by the end of a short visit…

Chicken and crabs for sale

Children of Tana

It’s really difficult figuring out what to photograph in a place like Antananarivo, Madagascar. The place is so diverse, so rich photographically, that one needs to decide on a theme before heading out. I, of course, love taking photos of children, which is what I defaulted to. Herman, it’s about now that you should stop…

Paddies

Back home after all these months

On Saturday morning I flew to Madagascar, one of my homes away from home. I have been visiting the country since around 2003 and lived here from 2009 to 2011. It all feels so familiar, as if I was last here only last month: the same sights, smells, and swimming pools water-filled potholes. Here are…

Pretoria News

Mandela and the mystery ear object

A few days ago I wrote about the new Nelson Mandela statue in Pretoria – and the bunny in its right ear. I also discovered something in its left ear – something no-one else had written about – and I was intrigued. Our local newspaper in the city picked up the story (well, because I…

Stark, dead tree

A beautiful death

Just to change the tone compared to my last few posts – a picture of a dead tree. I took this in the Rooisand Nature Reserve between Kleinmond and the Arabella Country Estate in the Western Cape. The area was ravaged by fire in 2011, I believe. The tree didn’t survive but does make a…