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Doors and Doorways

Doors and doorways always fascinate me.
Here is a collection of such images.

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Gaffing a seal

During our trip to see pelagic birds off Cape Point we followed a long line fishing vessel fishing for kingklip. The birds follow the vessels to collect the by-catch. You can see the scrum in this picture.

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Sometimes the birds get caught too. See the nylon in the birds beak? There is most likely a hook attached.

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Seals also follow the boats and collect escapees and by catch
Here is a seal tucking into a kingklip dinner.

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The problem is that seals get a bit enthusiastic about collecting the by catch and escapees. To discourage the seals the fishermen lure them in then gaf them. Don’t believe me? Check out the following sequence.
fisherman waiting.

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Got him.

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And haul him in.

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A little higher perhaps?

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The food the seal was scoring was the heads that were being tossed off the boat by the fishermen. We watched as the heads were carefully collected around the stern of the boat. A pointless bit of cruelty, but then I am not a fisherman.

Dunno you decide.

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Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

I was privileged to attend the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service in Cape Town.
It was humbling and encouraging. We have come so far since 1994. The crowd mourned in unison. I was honoured to be part of that crowd.

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More pictures here:
Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

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Deuteronomy Goes to the USA

This is an old story, but worth putting back here:
When my grandson Sami was born, Niki Botha knitted him a toy dragon. Debate raged on how to transport a dragon, albeit a toy dragon to the USA. When I bought a rucksack, the problem was solved. Deuteronomy claimed the back seat of rucksack.

This is a picture of him practicing riding on the back seat of the rucksack.

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Sami with the Dragon