Growing up with a love for nature: Joubert turns 10!

Today is Joubert’s 10th birthday.

Marilize and I thank God for creating Joubert for us and us for him. What more could we need? What a blessing it’s been to watch this bright and beautiful little boy grow up to share our appreciation and deep love for South Africa’s wild places.

Looking back at some photos of him enjoying the great outdoors brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Has ten years really flown by so quickly!?

Happy Birthday, Joubert!

62 thoughts on “Growing up with a love for nature: Joubert turns 10!

  1. Abrie Joubert

    Ek dink nie Joubert het veel van ‘n keuse om van die natuur te hou nie. Die natuur is in sy gene, maar meer belangrik sy gene is in die natuur.
    Joubert ‘n mede-Joubert (al is en ‘n anders-om Joubert) salueer jou. Geluk met die eerste tien die volgende 10 gaan nog meer merkwaardig wees.

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  2. anne leueen

    Happy Birthday to Joubert. What a wonderful collection of photos. I can see that he is a fortunate young man to have you as his parents and to be introduced to the wonder of wild life at a young age. Thank you for this most enjoyable post. Our son is now 34! Our daughter 32 and is a mother herself. They grow up fast and it is a wonderful journey despite the ups and downs that are a normal part of becoming independent adults.

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  3. Crosslife Spaces

    A wonderful and blessed birthday to Joubert! Looking forward to seeing you matching your dad’s very good and interesting pictures and blogs! All the best to your whole family and thanks for bringing the wild life story into our desks.

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  5. Patti Ross

    Incredible! Lucky young man to have developed this ongoing relationship with Nature. If more kids had this awareness and appreciation, I would feel better about our future–when it gets in their hands. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Joanne Sisco

    I’m sure you’re left wondering how it’s possible that 10 years could have passed by so quickly, but the evidence is in the photos 🙂
    How cool that Joubert became a photographer at such a young age! I wonder where he picked that up? 😉
    Congratulations all!

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  7. perdebytjie

    Dis so ‘n pragtige versameling foto’s, Dries! Baie geluk met hierdie besondere seun van julle se verjaarsdag. Mag hy julle nog baie jare lank vreugde verskaf.Eendag gaan hy nog ‘n beroemde natuurkunige en fotograaf wees.

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  8. naturebackin

    What a heart-warming series of photos conveying Joubert’s experiences and deepening relationship with nature. I look forward to seeing more of his photos too as he is a talented photographer. Wishing him all the very best for his birthday and for many happy nature-exploring days in the year ahead.

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  9. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    Happy 10th birthday Joubert! 🤗🎶🎉 So lovely to see a young person enjoying time in nature and we wish you many more happy years ahead with wonderful wildlife adventures 🙂🦁

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  10. Anne

    Ten: double figures – SUCH an important Birthday. Happy Birthday Joubert! Your Mom and Dad have been giving you the very best in life experiences so far – enjoy every moment of your life’s adventures.

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  11. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    Baie geluk met Joubert se verjaarsdag. Die fotos laat my ook terug dink aan die tyd toe Bertus 10 was(Hy’t 9 Aug 38 geword) Ek sien hom nou nog die kere wat ons gaan kamp het. Hy was in sy element as hy buite in die natuur kon wees. Jul het Joubert regtig n goeie voorsprong in die lewe gegee deur hom so saam met jul alles te beleef.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Deb!
      The photo of a tiny Joubert inching closer towards the bushbuck ewe really is one of my all-time favourite shots of the little man – it really captures his characteristically soft touch and appreciation for our natural heritage so beautifully.

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  12. H.J. for avian101

    Happy Birthday, Joubert! I can see that you like Photography, perhaps you could work associated with your Dad in the future! Have a fantastic 10! 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you so much, H.J! Joubert’s already doing very well with his photographic skills and it would be wonderful if he can continue to grow and flourish in that sphere, for he loves it so!

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  13. loisajay

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Joubert! I am so happy to have connected with you and your family. Your photos are such a treat for me. And that is quite an impressive for a 10-year old! I hope you had a fabulous birthday with many more to come.

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