– or King Solomon’s Mines
Und wieder führt die Spur
direkt zur Literatur …
The names of colours seem to tell me stories. I wish I could imagine the taste of a wild water melon. I’m not prepared to cross a desert, though, like the heroes of this famous adventure story, also available in Project Gutenberg.
Deutscher Titel: König Salomos Schatzkammer (Übers. von M. Strauß)
Allan Quatermain, an adventurer and white hunter based in Durban, in what is now South Africa, is approached by aristocrat Sir Henry Curtis and his friend Captain Good, seeking his help finding Sir Henry’s brother, who was last seen travelling north into the unexplored interior on a quest for the fabled King Solomon’s Mines.
To cut a long story short …
Travelling by oxcart, they reach the edge of a desert, but not before a hunt in which a wounded elephant claims the life of a servant.
The German version of the Wikipedia entry now mentions how they stumble over vast amounts of wild watermelons that save them from dying of thirst, while the English text does not mention this detail. Apparently the indigenous people of the Kalahari rely on wild watermelons to help them cross the desert.
This is my entry for Jennifer’s photo challenge Colour Your Life Wild Watermelon
Hex code #FF6C74
P. S.: As I was just asked in a comment what Oxford Street Station has to do with the colour of wild watermelons, I’ll enlarge the clue I gave for her benefit:
Look for it in the windows up on the right.
„It“ being the hex colour, of course.
Photo: (c) anglogermantranslations. All rights reserved.