Sunday, June 17, 2018

Newest Book: Where Oceans Collide

Just back from the printers, my tenth travel book. 
For followers of this blog, some photos you have already seen, but have now been reformatted and finished for publication.

Take a glance at some photo/comment highlights........

  Cover photo: The deep cold Atlantic Ocean barrels down the western coast of Africa...

Meeting the warm Indian Ocean at the Cape of Hope, 
where many a sailor and ship met their demise...

What the eye sees...

The Swaziland high mountain plains are drenched with rain...

The mountain peaks scrape moisture from the clouds, 
leaving parched pastures below...

And the dirt farmer ekes out another year...

Even the big and the strong fight to survive...

Using all of their strength to make it through another day...

The circle of life is a daily struggle...

with each newborn opens a new beginning...

As the population booms, the malnourished struggle to survive...

Where old customs die hard when confronting a modern prosperous society...

Resentment and distrust are bred when societies collide...

Two faces of South Africa, different lives, different cultures... with a shared destiny.

Old scars bear tales of struggles, conflicts....

Collisions reside in the struggle to nourish and thrive...

Back cover: With age comes wisdom, from wisdom... survival.

© 2018 by Jan H. Daub.
The book author retains sole copyright to the words and images in this book.

Just a glimpse, however the book is not available 
for purchase at this time. Sorry.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my work.

Ride safe my friends,


Monday, June 4, 2018

Why Jackal and Lion aren't friends- African Fable

Once upon a time Lion and Jackal were very good friends. They always hunted together.

One day Lion killed a big fat eland. Wanting to hunt some more to feed his big family, 
Lion asked his friend Jackal, 
 "Will you go fetch my family to carry this large animal to my home?" 

As soon as Lion left, Jackal instead gathered his own sneaky family 
and they had a fine feast of eland.

Lion tired of hunting after finding no more game. Returning home, he asked his wife: 
"What did you think of that fine eland I killed?" "What eland?" his wife snarled. 
Startled, Lion asked if Jackal didn't call them to bring the eland home. 
His angry wife replied that she hadn't seen Jackal all day.

Furious, Lion stormed to the waterhole to find Jackal with a full belly lounging there. 
Lion pounced but Jackal was too quick, diving down an empty burrow amongst 
the large roots of a tree. Lion could only grab Jackal's leg that was sticking out.

"Now I have you!" growled Lion, but the ever clever Jackal replied:

"No, no, that's not my leg, that's a tree root. 

Don't believe me? 

Why don't you find a rock and hit it? 

Then you'll see. If it is my leg, it will bleed." 

Letting go to go find a stone, Jackal instantly dashed away and climbed a mouse-skin rope 
up to his house on a rocky ledge. Angry Lion tried to follow but the rope couldn't hold 
his heavy weight, breaking, dropping Lion to the ground with a thud. 

Lion has never forgiven Jackal for stealing his eland. 
From that day on, Jackal is always wary, staying well away from any lion. 

Fortunately Lion learnt to hunt with other lions in a pride 
and never befriended the Jackal again.

Ride safe, my friends. Never steal from a lion or... turn your back on a Jackal.


p.s. Thanks to the folks at Raptor Retreat, South Africa for sharing this fable.