Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fish and mantis
I've bought my first African artefact - a guy was selling wire mobiles in the street and I saw a fish one I liked - made up of five of these wonderful colourful constructions (above). I asked him how long it took him to make it and he said "one day"; he said he'd sell it to me at a discounted price of 120 rand because he hadn't sold anything all day (it was ten o'clock in the evening). 120 rand is about seven quid, which I happily gave him. My SA colleagues told me later this was a fair price, for a day's work, here.
The other photos is of a visitor in my garden - or rather on the back porch; it was sitting (or standing?) immobile on the table and barely budged when I moved up close to take the photo; it's still there - a type of mantis, I think, rather than a stick insect. It's about three inches long, and if it was in a tree I don't think I'd ever have seen him.
Posted by Marsian at 1:12 PM