Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Anything's possible

I know that my blog posts to date have been a bit varied in subject matter but in essence, I've written about the love that God has for each of us, however that is not all I'm interested in. The universe and Earth and, of course, myself, but more interested in how God brought this about and what it means to us as Humans today.
Scientists are very clever, no doubt about it, but do they have the correct interpretation of the universe?  What if the world is really expanding and so is the Universe.
What if everything we know about the universe is a load of bunkum? What if there never was a "Big Bang?" What if everything we see is growing from within?
 That would certainly challenge a few of our most prestigious mathematicians.
We've given the planet a static life, or should I rather say a stable form. What I mean by this is, that's how big the planet is and that's how big it's always been, but what if we're wrong? What if in the distant past the Earth was smaller, a lot smaller? Less mass less gravity. That would certainly explain the ability of huge dinosaurs to be mobile while it has been proven that in today's world their bone structure would not allow this. There must be some explanation.
Here's another thought, what if the extra mass that has made up the Earth has come from within and the planets are the embryos of stars, just still in the formation? Jupiter is on the way there but with a long way to go, so is Earth.
The question is, what's at the center of the Earth, what could possibly be happening in there that would create this extra mass and where does it come from? Is it possible?
I don't know. Things are very complicated at the moment, what with dark matter and dark energy and black holes and so on, but I have the feeling that in the not too distant future humanity is in for a wake up call and everything will fall into place the way it's supposed to.
And how does God fit into this hypothesis? I think God and the universe are a bit bigger than all of us put together. There is an explanation out there but it will only be revealed to us in God's time, maybe never. Can you imagine how bored you would be if God hadn't allowed challenges into the equation?
There are numerous blog posts and websites dealing with this subject that make a lot of sense. Google expanding earth. Lots of love, Geoff.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday morning coming down

Well here we are, Tuesday in full swing, Are you?
Hello everyone, I'm at Toni's place this morning going over the work she's been doing with my photographs. She really is quite talented.
Gemma on Myle's hand.
Here is one picture she manipulated using some of my pictures, very pretty.
This is the kind of use one can make of good photographs if you are into that kind of thing. Toni is in the process of setting up a web service that caters to the need of people who want their pictures manipulated to suit their own desires. Not everyone has the time or talent to do this kind of work. When she eventually gets a website, I'll post links here.
In trying to get my pictures uploaded to Shutterstock I'm having to do quite a bit of work. I have to choose pictures over 4 megs to begin with then find "Tags" to suit the image, this is where the hardest part is. How would you describe the above image to get people to visit your site. Hand with child walking on it, flowers with little girl, a father's love, and so on and so on.
I spent a whole lot of time yesterday trying to sort my pictures into some sort of filing system When I came to write my blog post, no data available, and then a power failure. Oh well, I bought more data this morning and the power is on again, so it's time to get back to work.
I really do have to get this blog to start making money for me, I have to earn a living from it now that I'm no longer working for Setbuild.
Things I still need to do include getting a credit card and linking to various sites that handle billing and e-mail listing, we'll see how far I can get with that today.
For the moment I'm going to post this and then get on with all the bits I need to sort out today, probably not the credit card yet. Have a fantastic Tuesday and I'll be back this evening.
Blessings from Geoff in South Africa.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday evening

Hi.
It's Sunday evening, a cold one with no electricity for 4 and a half hours. I did manage to work on my photographs before it went off. I want to post my pictures on Shutterstock, but there are certain requirements with regard to quality and size. It's a learning curve and it takes work and dedication, quite challenging really. I need to do a whole lot more reading and learning.
Wish me luck and say a prayer for me. Lots of love, Geoff.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I miss Cape Town


Winter has come creeping through the door, across the tiled floor and into my feet. It's winter in the southern hemisphere at the moment. Fairly mild so far but there are those days when sitting at the computer for any length of time can result in frozen digits at both ends. Anyway this too shall pass then it's your turn. Minnie has learned to spend a lot more time cuddled up in her bed, Archie too, while Olive and Tiny have discovered the advantages of electric blankets, mine that is.
Johannesburg isn't like Cape Town, here the rains come in summer while in Cape Town thins are very wet right now. There are other areas that are different, the air is brown during the day, pollution, and rivers aren't at all potable, very polluted in fact.
I've been looking at pictures I took while in the Cape and oh how I miss Cape Town. Right now I'm trying to think of ways to get back where I belong, it's not impossible. We'll see what transpires.

The way forward

Table Mountain from the hill, sunset.
Hi. Trying to make sure I post every day, it's invigorating. There is much to tell and show, where possible.
Okay, so the last two posts, I think, give some idea of how this could work. What I'm thinking is:

  • I need to find a worthy conservation idea. The previous attempt was indeed very worthy but without success. That could still change, nothing's impossible. 
  • I need to focus my efforts by writing about it every day, show how I'm doing and the steps I've taken. 
  • What still needs to be done.
  • Post lots of pictures so you can see what is happening. My pictures are great by the way, I may offer downloads , we'll see.
  • Get linked to affiliates. That is where Yaro Starak comes in. His advice so far has made complete sense and I like the way he writes. I'll probably take quite a few of his on line courses.
  • I need to open a credit card account, haven't had one of those for many years. That's going to take quite a bit of effort, you know, proof of residence and so on. It will have to be solely for this project.
There are a lot of things for me to do but that's okay, I'll get round to all of them in due course.
Now, on to other things.
South Africa's economy isn't doing so well right now, things are getting very expensive. Salaries aren't great and money goes out the door very fast. At the moment I've got enough to survive for a couple of months, if I'm frugal.
The type of work I like doing, show stands.
Things between Myles and myself didn't work out, which I can understand and I'm okay with it. The two of us have different work styles and preferences, not easy to deal with but we did try. I'd been feeling, for some time, that I wanted to change my career and use the computer more. God hears us when we are lost and this is the result. Thank you Lord.
I don't know if this is going to work for me, I do know it works for others and the whole thing happened at the right time, losing my job, getting the link from Toni, me wanting to do this already.
God is good, he will carry me through.
For I know the plans I have for you,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Jeremiah 29.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dream Big

This is a letter I wrote a long time ago, unfortunately things never materializes. My own ignorance of course but it has taught me about cloud funding hugely. It was posted as a complete document from my e-mail archives. Not everything worked perfectly, since I don't have "Office" on my computer and it has taken quite a bit of effort to get this to work but hey, here is the post I was supposed o do for today, enjoy.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Cape Town could have its own game park?   

I live on a farm on the cape west coast that borders the Blaauwberg conservation land encompassing Blaauwberg Koppie and a substantial area of dune and flat land. Northwest of these properties are the small suburbs of Melkbos Strand and Duinefontein. To the west is the coast road that separates them from a declared conservancy that stretches to the coast. The area from north through east and down as far as southeast is farmland. Southwards are Tableview and Blaauwberg with big bay to the southwest. The farm and conservation areas mentioned above lie within a greenbelt that stretches from Bigbay northwards and inland as far as Malmesbury. There is an amazing diversity and abundance of life that exists here, taking refuse and thriving. If one has the energy to climb to the top of the hill, the reward is breathtaking and definitely worth the effort. The fact that ones vantage point is set within natural surroundings is a bonus.



The view looking south                     Robben Island to the West 












Green Tortoise

If ones ascent is more leisurely and more attention given to the undergrowth and surrounds, one has the opportunity to see what really thrives here. Fynbos is indigenous to the area as are a wide variety of orchids and many other beautiful plants found nowhere else.
In winter, mushrooms and lichens take advantage of the moist atmosphere to send forth their spores. Mosses turn green, spreading over rock and root creating faerie-like gardens in the damp shade of the overhanging bushes. Multicoloured bracket fungi sprout shelf-like from tree branches and trunks.

    fields of flowers
 Bracket fungus and moss
           mushrooms                   
                                                                                                         
                                                           











Insects are few at this time but snails come out in numbers, taking advantage of the dewdrops covering everything like a sprinkling of diamonds. Caterpillars too come out to feast on the new vegetation while some beetles, such as the ladybird, get a chance to show off their brightly decorated wing cases in the reduced undergrowth clutter.

                         
   ladybird  

  Snail                                                                                                                                       
When the rains are good the land flourishes, life takes a breath and makes the most of the abundance. Tortoises roam about; birds are nesting everywhere, some such as plovers and quail, laying their eggs on the open ground. The flowers are starting to show at this time, firstly white changing to yellows and oranges and finally to blues and purples.

       Caterpillar                                
                  
                                                                                                                      

There are wild buck and a variety of wild birds and creatures here. Porcupines make their homes here, snakes too such as the Cape Cobra and the Mole snake but they are not abundant.
The whole green belt acts like a giant sponge sucking in the smoke and carbon di-oxide generated by the city, converting it to essential oxygen.

                       

              
With global warming and environmental issues finally being recognized by governments around the world, one wonders whether concrete steps will be taken to correct emissions and if so, when. We cannot keep pointing fingers at the world governments and accusing them of doing nothing. Governments are huge lumbering entities that are unable to make any rapid changes even when the very existence of life is     threatened, the best they can do is make excuses why they cannot do anything. There are however more citizens in the world than governments and citizens are not as ‘encumbered’ as are governments when it comes to taking action. We do not need to make excuses. If we cannot expect the governments to sort the environment out, then it up to us, the ordinary citizens to implement change.
Life is precious but very fragile and incapable of coping with the destruction of the atmosphere, the oceans and the land brought about by the activities of man. We are an integral part of the planets living system and need to adjust our thinking in order to ensure a future for not only our descendants, but the whole planet.

Here is an accomplishable proposal that encompasses both nature conservation and carbon dioxide reduction.

What I would like to do is;
*     Establish a non-profit organisation for the acquisition of the farm in order to attach it to the existing conservation area.
*     Enlist the assistance of conservation, veterinary and botanical experts and students.
*     Provide suitable facilities and premises for the above as well as entomological laboratories and quarantine holding pens utilising the existing farm buildings.
*     Create training facilities for students and learners focused on conservation, tourism and ecologically sustainable land use.
*     Provide facilities for the creation of bio-friendly power generation.
*     Create a tourism driven economic unit that does not impact on the environment adversely.
*     Provide shop space for crafters and artists whose work reflects the culture of the area in which the project is being undertaken.

Labour and personnel will be sourced from the immediate area and all efforts will be directed towards the rehabilitation of the indigenous fauna and flora and the upliftment of those in the area

How I intend doing this;
*     Establish a website outlining the goals and aims of the project.
*     Post photographs and video footage of the area in question on the website allowing browsers to down load p.c. backgrounds and screensavers at a nominal fee.
*     Post regular video footage of what is happening at the moment with each project as well as interesting supporting footage from experts and other sources.
*     Request browsers to sponsor parcels of land of 1 square meter as a donation towards the project of their choice.
*     Enlist the assistance of “face book” users to spread the concept amongst their friends asking them to visit the website.

What I need to make a success of this and how you can help.

*     Help with establishing a non-profit organization.
*     Give advice concerning the most effective means of attracting sponsors.
*     Provide office equipment and computers to facilitate research and administration.
*     Offer moral support.
*     Media coverage would be a great help.

This project cannot be accomplished by one man alone and is a good opportunity for anyone who feels like doing something constructive to get involved. Sitting on the sidelines and making excuses why we cannot do anything is no longer an option. We need to do whatever we can now, later may well be too late.

Your consideration in this matter would be appreciated.
Kind regards
Geoff Maritz
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Thanks for reading that, I hope it taught you something about the beauty God has provided us with here on earth. Love Geoff.