If you’ve lived on the continent, especially in the Kalahari or the Rain forests of the west coast, you can understand how the sights, smells and sounds elsewhere in the world can keep sending you into flashbacks of your former existence.
This picture: takes me right back to watching 6 big tuskers in 1976, feeding on the edge of a big lagoon in Chitabe area of Botswana, with my friend John Enright. This was after an hour of high stepping it over swamp mangroves and coming out on a sandy strip all torn up with elephant trails and feeding by breaking off the Makolwane palms for the nuts. How I wished I had my camera that day instead of the 458 Winchester. Truly magnificent animals! They deserve our respect and protection.
This picture: takes my into the village of Buyuku near Sasse, outside of Buea in 1966 where I worked for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I was visiting a village celebration and the kids were all practicing their drumming and dances in order to show their stuff to their elders. A prime example of how kids of all ages learn by modelling the behaviors of their older siblings and their parents. Great fun here with my to-become wife, Jill, an IVS volunteer and Mickey Johnson, also PC Cameroon 1966.
This one! Wow, 1973! Riding our horses, owned by George Riggs of Ngami Trading in Maun during the big drought in which all of the rivers including the Shashi, seen here, had dried up and kids were taking the last fish out of a pool with their short spears!
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