My Sweden

I suspect this is going to be be the first of a number of posts on this theme …. these four pictures really are My Sweden:

  • The Falun red paint at sunset on the barn at Äsperöd;
  • The 3 am dawn light over the fjord;
  • The Swedish flags snapping in the cold autumn winds;
  • And, of course, a taste of snaps out in the forest at sunset.

Roddy's Courses

One of the topics we examined in the IPPE 2017 course was food, particularly our consumption and the sustainability of food production.  Here’s the link (below) from Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff project (we are already in her community map for screening the Story Of Stuff). Anna Lappé’s video is an equally critical take on Agri-Business.  The website is called Food MythBusters, here’s their description and the first part of Anna Lappé’s video.

“The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them…

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Stormy Sunset over Grahamstown

This last two weeks have been extremely wet in Grahamstown which has led to the main road from Port Elizabeth collapsing completely.  There are some great pictures here in Grocott’s Mail. On Thursday, after 10 days of rain, we got a day of warmth and sunshine which led to the most spectacular and menacing storm clouds building up towards sunset. So I dashed out from home and up to the hills above the bypass with my camera.  By 6.30 the sun was dipping behind whole formations of cumulo-nimbus and I took lots of pictures. Many are probably too dark for posting but here’s a selection.

Welcome to African Futures

Just in case anyone navigates here looking for my Rhodes University African Futures course here is the link: http://africanfutures.wordpress.com The image below is also clickable.

I was intending to set up the African Futures site next year but the move from Rhodes University’s Web Based Learning platform became urgent.  RUconnected (Rhodes’ customisation of Moodle) has become increasingly unstable so I decided to spend a couple of hours setting up the new site before anything serious happened and I lost my material, course structure, links, embedded videos, eBooks etc. The big benefit is that the site is now open to anyone who cares to come by.

A weekend at Cintsa

Spending the weekend with Harry at Cintsa was a little tricky .. after all were we at Cintsa, Chintsa or Chinsta (see first three pictures below)?  And was it going to be a bachelor weekend for the two of us or were we going to be two Grumpy Old Men … I leave you to guess.

In any case we had a great time. The weather and light were nice for photography on the Friday evening and Saturday morning which is when I took most of these pictures. Palm trees taken with the black and white filter, squatting below the weaver birds’ nests, waiting for the sunbirds to sing and, as usual, night photos with long exposures: in other words the usual culprits! Fortunately the humpback whales were too far out for me to even try and photograph them. So I could just enjoy watching the mothers and calves breaching and twisting out of the water in unison, see the vertical tail waving and watch the splashing and bashing of the water that was going on. Here’s some great YouTube footage of Humpbacks breaching.

Saturday was also the handover of the international rhino anthology to Amitabh Mitra, Harry’s publisher in East London.  You can read about that and see the photographic record in For Rhino in a Shrinking World.  We came home on Sunday to the damp and drizzle of Grahamstown …

Grahamstown’s Urban Development: Maps, Photo Pairs, Excursion Guide

I used to have a website devoted to Grahamstown’s urban geography before Apple wrote off Mobile Me and support for iWeb.  It described how the city grew, showed the segregation and apartheid areas and had pairs of photographs showing how the city has changed.  All of those images are now in the gallery below. The Excursion Guide 2009 gives more explanation about the city, it is what we use when taking undergraduates around the town.