suggestion of Blog in Draft...
sometimes this way works and sometimes not........
> apologies dear bloggy pals - everytime i think i have the picture
> upload thing worked out it proves me wrong! anyhow here are the
> missing pics from the last couple of posts
>> first the spider-hunting wasp crawling up friends hairy arm - that
>> spiders body is bigger than the wasp..ugh..(actually i think the
>> wasp was bigger than 10mm)
>> followed by sunrise and palm tree - from Selinda Sunrise post...sigh
not for the squeamish! here is a real life horror story found on my very stoep one sunny afternoon.Spider Hunting Wasps - this one about 10mm long with glossy blue wings and red orange eyes and feelers - was found wandering around carrying a heavy burden close to the underside of its body. Obviously a prey item it was looking for a place to stash it. On closer inspection it was the body of a spider - probably a wolf spider -it was still alive but the wasp had removed its legs (ugh sorry - i am squeamish about this) having immobilised it with a paralysing sting.We dug out the insect books and according to information the plan this wasp has is to bury its prey in a crevice or safe place and lay an egg inside it. After about ten days the egg will then hatch and feed on theimmobilised but still living spider before spinning a cacoon around them both. It will then lie dormant for some months until conditions are right for it to emerge and perpetuate the history of its species.sorry but it gives me the chills - and though truth may be stranger than fiction - there are some human stories that horrify in similar ways. Its the paralysed victim scenario that i cant quite deal with i think - even though i know everything in nature has a role to play.just thought i would share that with you. Oh and check your neighbourhood, these wasps do not only occur in Africa!!!
The Okavango River forms the worlds only inland delta in the kalahari
basin of Botswana. It is a miracle of life as a whole pulsing vibrant
river fans out forming islands and oxbows before disappearing into the
sand. From space it looks something like a birds foot. From the air
it is a wonderland of blues, greens, white sand, herds of animals -
great and small, patterned and plain, and great flocks of birds.
Water is life and here a myriad of life forms exist under the water,
on the water, at the edges, in the forests and plains surrounding the
water, and in the air above.
In all the old photograph albums of people who have lived for years in
Botswana there are the inevitable photos of floodwaters - saturated
grasslands and forests, overflowing pans; in a desert country the
arrival of new water is far more interesting than the world events
happening far away. It has to be recorded, measured, discussed.
To the east of the Okavango is the Kwando River that flows through the
Selinda area into Lake Zibidianja and then on to Linyanti and the
The two rivers are linked by a dry channel bed known as the Selinda
With recent water levels rising water has been pushing into the
Spillway again from both sides. Speculation is rife as to whether the
two shall meet again this year. It is 27 years since the Spillway last
flowed in any direction. The tradition is to light a fire in the
middle - when they are close - and let the floodwaters put out the
fire. Progress is being watched carefully and wagers are being taken.
ok geography lesson over for today. I hope i can upload some pictures
of water, then we are off to the Spillway to see how far the water is.