postcards from West Africa–animals and plants of Ghana

Where’s the chicken? Can you see his red wattle and white tail feathers? She would be tiptoeing through the sewer. Lives up to our notions of free-range chickens…or does it?

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These are one of those gigantic size pots of “tropical” you might see at the WalMart greenhouse.

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A baby goat sitting beside a path.

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Something similar to Karl Vorster grasses…apparently they’re agricultural feed here.

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Many wandering Eeyores. I have seen them wander the countryside and pull carts too.

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If you can give me a botanical name for six of the following plants, I’d be glad to send you a postcard from Ghana…

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I have yet to see the crocodile at the creek, but the local kids swear there is one.

This would be one of the half dozen cows pasturing in this area. Whoever owns them is mighty wealthy. I’ve been told the milk is hard to get used to. Even finding powdered milk here is tricky. Must get it a three hour drive away.

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It’s maize harvesting season. Looks an awful lot like corn, doesn’t quite taste as sweet. Roasted on a fire it can be a great snack though.

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We’ve seen three meter high millet grown here too.

This particular dog belongs to the missionary kids. Her name is Susie–a very mild bush dog.

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I saw a baboon forty five minutes outside of town. It was adopted as a lady’s friend. These are not a common sight here though. Apparently Gorillas do exist not too far away.

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It’s not a rainforest, and its not the sahel, but there are plenty of trees.

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The dawa dawa that produces huge pods.

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The shea butter tree that produces the stuff in many lotions. It might be on one of the pics above, I’m not sure.

Probably not how I’ll grow my pullets two springs from now…Africa has had a grasp on free-range for quite some time though.

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I wish I could show you the lizards. They’re hanging outside my back door. But they’re too fast.

Haven’t seen bacon, but we were invited to a good old fashioned, stick him on a spit, PIG ROAST. Mighty fine chops he had.

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You say goat, I say sheep. The difference between a goat and sheep here is in the tails. A long tail denotes sheep. I’ve been told the kids don’t understand the rhyme: Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool…cause they don’t have wool. (and who would need it with this heat? I was told today that this isn’t hot, +48 is hot–I’m sure it would be, I will not be around long enough to find out. +38 with a humidex is hot enough for this Canadian).

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These are the goats. And they are the most common animal of Africa?

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What? You thought it was lions and giraffes and monkeys? Wildlife, congregated at your local zoo, or wildlife parks around Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or sub-Saharan Africa. Camels in the north. Gorillas in the Interior Mist. Eland (like deer with horns) all over. Monkeys in the forests. Africa is a big big BIG continent.

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