Cattle on a Hill

Cattle on a Hill, 5 December 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
Cows in the stubble with their young. (It is early summer in South Africa.)

I captured this impromptu photograph whilst out among the hills, late yesterday afternoon, and shared it with a friend. “It complements your art,” he said. The inverse, however, is true: my art seeks to complement it—indeed, the Overberg1 inspires the Theme (Wonder), Subject (Natural Beauty) and Style (Simple Lyric Poetry) of my work. Here, every resource must be husbanded, and the minimalism of the landscape is the result of drudgery. Both shape my attitude to words when I extol this region in verse.

  1. A rural region of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

An Exaltation

A Flock on the Foothills, 18 October 2019. Copyright 2018 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
To my left, a flock on the foothills.
When I survey pastoral scenes such as these, I wish that I could outstretch my arms and embrace them! In my desperation, I do so with words—fumbling lines that do none of it justice. If I could write poetry so sweet, verses so simple—silences so sustaining!
Sheep on a Hill, 18 October 2019. Copyright 2018 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
To my right, a flock on an eminence.

Photographs taken 18 October 2019.

A Steenbok?

Steenboksberg, 19 October 2018. Copyright 2018 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
Steenboksberg, taken exactly one year ago next Sunday, on 19 October 2018.

It is my custom on Sundays to venture out among the hills just before daylight. Twice now I have spotted on one of the hillsides an antelope browsing.

Though on both occasions it was too distant for an accurate identification, I believe it to be a female Steenbok1 (Raphicerus campestris)2.

I base this solely upon the general shape and colour of the creature—and the name of the nearby mountain, Steenboksberg3 (Steenbok’s Mountain)!

  1. Afrikaans for “stone-buck”, pronounced [steeyin-bok].
  2. Steenbok (Wikipedia)
  3. Afrikaans, pronounced [steeyin-boks-behRCH] with a trilled [RRR] and the [CH] in “loch” (not [ck] but the guttural [kccch]).