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Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

Simple; what is Simple?

The iOS 5 in-built dictionary describes Simple as ‘easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty’.

For me, the most simplicity can be found in nature…

The simplicity of a sunset, but the profound beauty it can bring. If only economics could learn from mother nature.

A fan palm tree blowing in the wind; the sound made by the leaves as the wind blows through can only be heard to be appreciated.

A flower, it’s only purple. But man does it’s beauty shine through when the sunlight hits it just right.

…and, as if to be a culmination of the individual parts that make up the whole, this scene of the Thamalakane riverfront is reminiscent of an orchestra, a symphony divine to the senses, but definitive of the word simple because it is easily understood.


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The Thamalakane River

Through Maun flows the Thamalakane River. The river derives its flow from the Boro River, which itself is one of the main channels that drains the Okavango Delta. The Thamalakane in turn feeds the Boteti River, which begins its course at Toteng, almost 70km South West of Maun.

The Thamalakane River

I’m sure most, if not all Maun residents will recognise where this is. For years the river would dry up during the dry months and only have water again during the rainy season, when an influx of water comes in from the Okavango Delta, which gets its water from the Angolan Highlands and the Kavango River.

However the past few years have seen big floods and the revival of waterways once thought to be extinct, and as such the Thamalakane flows year round. Even the boundary fence of the Lechwe Centre Educational Park has gone under, as can be seen in this next picture.

View of The Educational Park

As a result of the flooding, the park has been closed to the public the past two years as water resides even inside the park, which it never has before.

These pictures form part of the ‘thamalakane river’ album, be sure to check out the rest of the pictures here.

Happy last few days of 2011! ­čÖé


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Christmas Day excitement

Yes, I know, Christmas was three days ago. But hey, can you blame me if I only got over this now?

A hippopotamus in the Thamalakane River

I tell you, it’s not often that you get to see a hippo, even when you have a river such as the Thamalakane flowing through your┬á home village. So when a sighting does occur, it is usually coupled with excitement, more so that we spotted this particular boy (or girl) on a family outing to Samedupi on Christmas Day.

Now the event didn’t last long, under 2 minutes I should say, and the hippo kept diving under (we only saw his head, like in the picture above, twice), but just the mere fact that there was a hippo to be seen was enough to send jolts of excitement through the group. The little ones were most excited, with the older group members lifting them up to say “there, there, do you see it?”.

Wild animal visitation and sightings are not unheard of in and around Maun, with the occasional reports of elephant and sometimes buffalo coming close to the village. This is because of Maun’s proximity to the Okavango Delta.

Happy festives everyone!