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The circle of Life

The circle of Life
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1995-09
Categories: River
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-19 13:37
Viewed: 7706
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
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Life, only once we can live it!
Oh, what a great, solemn thought.
Soon will our journey be over,
Soon will the battle be fought.

Live is not a highway from the cradle to the grave, but a parking place in the sun!.

The sunset side of life’s steep hill is leading, to God and home and rest and endless day.

Just words from various people I have learned to value along life’s pathway.

My Dad passed away this morning just after 02h20 - he was in his ninetieth year, frail and vulnerable. He was a person’s person, well loved wherever he went. Life was good to him; he and my Mom were married just over 65 years.

So here is a sunset, dedicated to him, who spend so many days of his life under the same African sun, who saw more of the beauty of our wildlife than I have ever experienced, because Africa was still wild, free and very much untamed when he was young! Predators were vermin and exterminated whenever and wherever encountered. I remember my first lion from before I was 4 years old – a large female, with so much fat, that we made a whole sink tub full of soap from her fat.

The place is Moremi in Botswana, in the Okavango Delta, a wonderful place to be. Picture taken from a flat-bottom boat with a point and shoot on Sensia 100 slide film.

Sunsets have a promise of a new day, of rest to come, of a fulfilment, because day is done. So I’m feeling a little sad, a little glad and also a little mad, but there is the promise of a new tomorrow. In closing, something from Louis L’Amour, that great Western Writer : Nobody can ever take another person’s place – everyone has to blaze their on trail.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-11-19 14:06]

My wife and myself are very sad to learn your's father loss, and we present you our sincere condolence.
Your shot and your words are a great love proof.

Our hearts cry with yours.


Callie, baie jammer om te hoor van julle groot verlies. Ons meedelye en sbaie sterkte aan die gesin in die tyd wat voorle.

Pragtige foto en pragtige woorde.


Beautiful photo Callie, I wondered where all the beautiful light of your photos came from, now I discovered with this post.
I feel joy to read the wonderful life your father had, with a nice family like you, until his 90´s. I am sure he must also be happy wherever he is now. I send my sincere condolences to all you.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-19 17:51]

Dear Callie. My mother died two years ago. I spend the most possible time with my father who has 80 years and half. I share with you and your family all the sympathy of which I am able.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-11-19 18:43]

Beautifully said and very poignant, Callie. Your photo of this sunset is a wonderful testimony to a man you obviously loved and admired. May he go in peace and love.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-19 18:56]

So sorry to hear of your loss Callie.
Our thoughts are with you.
Its a beautiful shot and a wonderful tribute to your father.


Callie, Breathtaking shot with unique mirrored reflective effects captured with skill. Very beautiful! I empathize with you. My father passed-on 5 years ago suddenly & I can't help but miss him at times. I do know this. God is the only unchangeable reality: wherever you are, in life or in death, he will be there..My thoughts & prayers are with you.

I have learned, over time, that the people who leave us a little bit hungry are the people we remember most vividly. When they are alive, we reach for them; when they die, some part of us follows after them. My father believed in cycles—the wheel of birth, and life, and death, constantly turning. My hand was tiny when he held it in his and led me to a blackened field weeks after a fire had burned part of our ranch. He showed me green shoots peeking out of the ashes. New life. I let go of his hand for too long, pushed it away, before finally grasping it again, trusting that even in his dying, I would find new life.

Callie, I wish that the memories of your father would carry you through this time of need, until the healing set in.

Ek het stilte gehou en gebid dat God jou en jou familie die krag en genade sal betoon om die moelike tyd deur te gaan. Mag dit julle in die tyd ondersteun.

Hi Callie
So sorry to hear of your loss Callie.
Our thoughts are with you.
Beautiful picture, I'm sure your Father would had loved it.

It's a beautiful sunset Callie, and a very nice tribute to your father. My condolences to you and your family at this time.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-20 10:39]
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Dear Callie, I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you.

It's a very nice thing that you can post a picture here at this time. It provokes thought, displays lots of emotion and simultaneously provides us with something we can enjoy. I'm sure your Father would be moved at this gesture.

Great picture and great words for a great life.


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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-20 11:45]

Yes Callie, Everybody has his own race to run. You will miss your Dad, but he has now gone home to his Father. My condolences.
Great Sunset

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-20 12:02]

It's a perfect, beautiful tribute to your Dad, Callie. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss...

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-20 15:45]

Callie, ons is baie jammer om te hoor van jou groot verlies. Jy en jou gesin sal in ons gebede wees en ek hoop dat die mooi herhinnering jou altyd sal bybly. Hierdie beeld is gepaard gaande met jou woorde is baie toepaslik en ek is bly dat jy dit met ons deel.

Julle is in ons harte en ons gebede.


Japie, Phyllis in kinders

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-11-21 7:39]

Een van de mooiste zonsondergangen op de site, de rode kleuren en de gele weerspiegeling in het water is gewoon fantastische, is het nog altijd zo warm in SA. now?
My compliments for this!

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-21 9:55]

Excellent , peaceful shot and very nice tribute to your Dad. I am sorry about loss your Father. My heart is with you and your family.


Hi callie i'm sorry for your loss :o) i'm sure he went to a better place and is looking down at your picture with a big smile.
beautiful shot, very nice red tones, beautiful reflection on the water and good compo, very well done!


Jammer omte hoor oor die verlies van jou vader. Pragtige woorde en 'n wonderlike foto, dankie dat jy dit deel.

Al die beste & sterkte vir jou en jou familie in die tyd.



Callie, I'm so sorry I haven't commented on this before, mainly to offer my condolences at your loss, but also because this is one great send-off you've made to remember your dad by. Without knowing him, I'm sure he'd have appreciated it hugely. I hope your mother is doing okay despite her loss - and you too, of course ;-)

Great sunset Callie and what a nice way to show the respect to a man who obviously was not only your father but also a best friend. My condolences and respect - may he rest in peace. I am sure he will always be with you in your mind when you are out there in the bush.

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-05 8:56]
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Callie.
Life itself is a mistery... that's why the most important thing to do is to walk our own path, as your father did. As you do.
Great sunset and words.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-11 6:13]

Beautiful Callie, your picture and your words. 4 weeks have passed since your dad died and you posted this photo. I hope you have got over his loss, as much as we can ever get over remembering a life of one who has given us so much love. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother too.

Thank you for your comments on my first photograph on TN. My husband's grandmother just passed away Monday and I was touched by this photograph. Your picture is so beautiful, just imagine what it looked like for your father from heaven!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-11 22:04]

Very moving note and picture Callie!
It confirms how precious this gift of life we get to experience for a time is...
And, how very precious those special people placed in our lives are...
It seems your dad lived during a wonderful generationl time for the area he lived in...
It sounds like he had a very good life. What a privledge to have known him as your dad it must be...
I'm working on my 23rd year of marriage; how fortunate I'd feel to know 65 years with this woman who is my wife...
My dad is 82 now, and the old rascal is on a snow skiing trip as I write. He plans on stopping by the house for a night after his trip before he heads home. I look forward to some moments to cherish and grateful for as long as they are allowed. This April I hope to do some swamp paddling with him in South Louisiana, and hopefully take some pictures. Some of his tales he has wrote out can be found here.
Besides the sadness of your dad's passing, I share a piece of the joy having known him must have been for you evidenced by this beautiful picture and your note!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-22 12:13]

Hi Callie.
Beautiful shot of sunset with great color.
Well done.

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