Wouldn’t you like to try Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak or use Gollum’s ring to disappear? You’re not alone. Nature’s been working on the problem of not being seen for millions of years.
Because it’s been with us since the beginning of time, bird music always seems somehow right except, perhaps, when it comes from a hadeda. But that could be our fault.
Out there in the watery blue beyond are whole communities linked to the Earth’s cycles, which we’re only just beginning to understand.
Everybody collects something; photographs, souvenirs, ticket stubs, teddy bears or just junk … but some collect more than others. Considerably more.
Gazing across the wild, rolling nothingness of the Kalahari or the ramparts of the Drakensberg, have you ever wondered how that bit of scenery got there? To geologists, the answer is all in the name, but ask them to elaborate at your peril.
In a pool, long, long ago, a platanna died but its journey was only just beginning.
Next time you bound across the acacia-studded savanna of Africa in your 4x4, stop to take a closer look at the small stuff around you. Everything has a story to tell.
Many crazy journeys have been made in pursuit of science. None equal the sheer madness of the one taken to Cape Crozier in the middle of a black Antarctic winter.
Travellers, especially in Africa, often worry about malign bacteria waiting to lay them low. What you may not know is that most of the bugs are in you and doing a sterling job of keeping you safe.