An infinitesimal fish and a fishy church

Having skipped a few weeks, I am making a tiny contribution to the WordPress Photo Challenge again.

My daughter needs a magnifying glass to survey this fish properly. In fact it is so tiny if you look at it from the side you won’t see it at all… Photos 1 and 2 were taken at the Montagu Saturday market a beautiful village in the Western Cape province of South Africa, once crowned as the most beautiful village in South Africa. A wide variety of eclectic items can be bought from equally eccentric vendors. The market happens to be dwarfed by a big white church but not the one in photo number 3.

The market will dwarf this one as it is a model of the church in Baardskeerdersbos (Beard shavers forest), which is a really tiny village also in the Western  Cape of South Africa and can only be reached by dirt road, but alas has been discovered by the city folk. Read more about the village here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baardskeerdersbos. A baardskeerder is the Afrikaans name for a Solifugae which is often mistaken for spider but more closely related to scorpion.

In the photo I tried to make the model, which is about a meter in size, appear as if it is a real building, being the church in photo number 4. I took quite a few photos and was about to take a photo similar to the one in the 5th photo when the battery died on me 😦 .  I meant to go back but as it never happened I include this photo taken by Tillie Coetzee so you see the model in context. See copyright and access data underneath that photo.

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This specific photo not taken by me – http://www.panoramio.com/photo/92721688 copyright by Tillie Coetzee. At this location you can see  photos by her taken of various churches.

Actually churches are supposed to be fishy:  Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19

Even the recently deceased Leonard Cohen picks up on this in his hit song Suzanne  (this is a brilliant song of 2 lovers with an amazing twist):

And Jesus was a sailor when He walked upon the water,
And He spent a long time watching from His lonely wooden tower,
And when He knew for certain only drowning men could see him,
He said “all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them,”
But He Himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.

And you want to travel with Him,
And you want to travel blind,
And you think maybe you’ll trust Him,
For He’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

 

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12 thoughts on “An infinitesimal fish and a fishy church

  1. Die klein dorpies lewer soms die beste verrassings op. My ma se suster, Tant Hannie, het jare in Montagu gewoon en ek het van my lekkerste vakansies by hulle deurgebring. Die geelperskes! O wee, nou is ek sommer hartseer. Dankie vir die terugblik op mooi herinneringe.

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    1. Dankie dat jy so getrou kommentaar lewer. Ek het al verskeie krer gekamp in en om Montagu en natturlik is daar ‘n Joubert huis – museum; pragtige van :). Sal duidellik nog iets oor Montagu moet blog! Terllops ek het die post opdateer en ‘n lied van Leonard Cohen ingesluit.

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  2. Mal oor die foto van jou dogter met die minivissie. En Baardskeerdersbos — Afrikaans sê dinge darem op ‘n lekker manier. ‘n Baardskeerder is mos ‘n soort spinnekop, nie waar nie? Iets soos ‘n bobbejaanspinnekop? Stel jou voor ‘n hele bos van hulle. Ek hol so vinnig weg …

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  3. Bly om te sien jy het die verkiesing oorleef! Jy moet regtig vir ons,’n storie skryf daarroor. Ja dit is ‘n spinnekop-agtige nie-spinnekop. Ons het juis in ‘n bos gebly maar eerder nie vir gesin gesê wat dit beteken nie!

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  4. Help my asb reg hier….. watter foto is die model? Bekyk dan diè en dan daardie foto maar my kop weier om sin te maak. Ek gaan nie omverskoning vra vir my dik kop nie, voel soos ‘n nul op ‘n kontrak vandag.

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