Saturday, 15 October 2011

Aesop's Fables in the Magaliesberg!

On a recent visit to the Magaliesberg (escaping from Jo'burg...), I found myself looking for Aesop's animals. My friends from Emoyeni Retreat Centre pointed to tell-tale signs. Porcupine had been swishing his tail. Had there been a dance last night?

A large cat (Leopard or Lion?) had passed the same way a few hours earlier, perhaps retiring to a shady cave for the day. We headed up and over the rocks towards Castle Gorge. Was this not the kind of place where Jackal might lead Donkey to an unfortunate 'rendez-vous' with Lion?  Could that be the rock behind which Lion might have hidden?

Or how about here?

And could this be where Jackal tricked Klipspringer into the kloof for a delicious drink of water?

The Magaliesberg Range dates back to some 2 billion years ago.  Aesop's Fables date back to about two and a half thousand years ago.  What tiny specks of dust we humans are in the passage of time...


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