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Oh South Africa, How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways.

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I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

Of your oceans, coastlines, and mountains,

Filled with new friends and endless beauty.

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Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay
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Atop Table Mountain with Cape Town City Bowl below. Photo courtesy of Zach Kelleher
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Madonna and Child Falls in Hogsback
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Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
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Coastline in Hermanus
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The Central Drakensberg Range
 

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most active need, with sun and wind, flora and fauna.

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Baboons at Cape Point
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Franschhoek wine region
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African (Jackass) Penguins at Boulders Beach
 

I love thee freely, as a traveler strives for adventure.

I love thee purely, as they turn from the mundane.

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Chester the diabetic cheetah can’t survive in the wild so he gets walked twice a day at Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary
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Kayaking in Kelp
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Exploring the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn – look for the feet in the middle
 

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my best-lived days, and with my childhood’s dreams.

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Elephant bulls play fighting in Addo Elephant National Park
Cape of Good Hope

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Table Mountain and Lions Head seen on a windy day from the water
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Watching the sun rise behind Table Mountain after hiking up Lion’s Head
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Shelly’s mother couldn’t lactate so this 6-month-old giraffe needs help in her infancy.
 

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my hard times in Eastern Africa. I love with the breath,

Smiles, laughter, of all my life; and, if immigration permits,

I shall but love thee better after a road trip in Namibia.

10 thoughts on “An Ode to South Africa

  • February 9, 2016 at 2:51 am
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    Beautiful pictures – thanks !

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    • February 9, 2016 at 3:08 am
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      Thanks, Reto. It’s a beautiful country!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 3:05 am
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    Great Work with Much Love & Passion!

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    • February 9, 2016 at 3:09 am
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      Thanks, RC. The diving’s pretty good, too!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 7:51 am
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    Marbree!! I LOVE your photos!!! And I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA too!!! 🙂 If was one of my favorite places to visit. I love the people I met and oh the places I went. Keep loving life Marbree!!!

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    • February 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm
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      It’s a wonderful country, isn’t it? I’m so glad you’ve had the opportunity to visit South Africa and hope you have another chance to do so.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    Lovely! Nice personal expression with thanks to EBB (sonnet 43), yes?

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    • February 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm
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      Yes, thanks to EBB, sonnet 43. 🙂

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  • February 9, 2016 at 10:49 am
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    Another 6 weeks for me to go in this SA I fell in love with. You were around to see the anguish of the decision time to stay on for another 3 months. Great decision and I will be back. Enjoy Namibia and send yr itenerary etc as it is also on my to do list. Glad to have been a small part of yr journey in SA and Swaziland.

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    • February 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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      Glad to have your company for part of my journey here, as well. Enjoy the remainder of your time in the Rainbow Nation!

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