And now a brief respite from the wildlife photography.

As many of you know, I like signs.  Signs that tickle my funny bone or give me the “Baroo?”* .

Some may remember my visit to Scotland where I captured a few of my favorite signs there.

Here are a few from South Africa (with apologies to my ZA friends if I chuckle inappropriately…it’s what I do).

We passed this truck on the first day.  Daughter Person claims that I should have this sign permanently affixed to my car as a warning to others.**

"Abby Somebody...Abby Normal?"

For those State-siders, here’s the full picture.  In the States, our trucks would have the sign “Wide Load” (though in this case it was pretty damn long too).

Full construction set on one truck

Also on the road, I saw a sign twice.  Unfortunately, I was driving both times and couldn’t get the picture.  But, it made me go “Baroo?” nonetheless, so I recreated it.

Vampire owls, maybe?

Also on the road, I saw the following.   And here all along I thought we were in South Africa and not in the Western US.

Didn't see any cowboys though.

Driving through one of the towns, we saw this one.  It just tickled me.

Not the good stuff...just 'ok'.

On this next one, I’m not sure which one is “Fresh”, but the combination just caught my eye.

No, we didn't try either

During our travels, we did some site seeing at a place called “The Potholes”…a very deep canyon cut by a river.  The words were in English, but the pictogram was universal.

But he's falling silently at least

And this was near the parking area.  We didn’t go down this path.

Still wondering about some of these

Now that last has me a bit baffled.  I’m not picturing an eight year old tugging at his father’s shirt, “Please, Daddy, please…can’t we go to Lichen World?  Please?”  And I’m still not all that clear about what the hell ‘Blindfolds and Sticks’ or ‘Tapping Rail’ are meant to be…maybe we should have gone down the trail to see.

Now, I’ve got a few more ‘sign’ pictures, but I’ll tuck them in with other posts…I have to milk this thing for all I can, right?



*I like that phrase.  Stolen with great glee from Stephanie…explanation here.

**No, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…little twit.


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9 Responses to “Signage”

  1. Lynn Says:

    these are really great ! you have an eye for the unusual.. 🙂

  2. Mitzi G Burger Says:


    Fresh comments. Write in this box for free blindfold (you will not be able to read the comments.) Stick provided to whack commentators.

    Beware, abnormal comments travel this highway.

    If I had less lame ways to pay homage to your outstanding signage, I’d draw a picture of them.

  3. nursemyra Says:

    You’re abnormal Gnukid

  4. daisyfae Says:

    need that ‘abby normal’ sign on my arse… for multiple reasons!

  5. kyknoord Says:

    What? You passed up the opportunity to go to Lichen World? You have no soul.

  6. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    I didn’t realize I baroo’d as much as I did… and in finding that out, I baroo’d.

    See, I wouldn’t have eaten at the pie place due to the apostrophe… unless that’s how they roll in ZA.

    Is ZA known for kamikaze owls or something?
    I didn’t realize they warranted their own signage.

  7. Dennis the Vizsla Says:

    Tapping rails, are you listening
    On the rocks, lichen’s glistening
    It’s kind of like mold,
    You can eat it I’m told,
    Walking in a lichen wonderland.

  8. Dolce Says:

    Whahahahahaha. Awesome to see home through someone else’s eyes.

  9. thegnukid Says:

    lynn – because i, myself, AM unusual…

    mitzi – now that’s thinking out of the box. probably just as good a reason as any other. you rock!

    nursemyra – i set the bar high, don’t i?

    daisyfae – i’d suggest velcro for the sign. that way you can transfer it from outfit to outfit

    kyknoord – my soul was sucked out of me long ago. i’ve been on a search for it since… HEY! maybe it’s AT lichen world!!

    stephanie – luckily i didn’t encounter any owls either time i saw the sign. and your ‘baroo’ makes me smile!

    dennis – a winner! now that’s some improv talent right there. a chew toy for you!

    dolce – and it made me happy to see it!

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