Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

...because some of it is pretty and some of it is not.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Within the administration functions of my blog, there is a tab for “stats.”  The total number of pageviews are counted there.  I can see what browsers are used to access the blog.  I can determine how many readers feed-in from Facebook.  I am able to determine the make-up of my audience by country.   This can be determined by day, week, month, or all time.
This morning, just for fun, I checked a few stats.  I discovered something.  I have been visited by Mauritius three times this week.
The Republic of Mauritius is a tiny island nation afloat in the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa.  The island was uninhabited until the Dutch established a colony on the island in the 1600s.  Over the next couple of centuries, the island subsequently fell under French and British rule.  In 1968 the island state achieved independence.
For a time, due to its strategic location, Mauritius was known as the “star and key” of the Indian Ocean.  The island is a bit less than 800 square miles in size (by comparison, Montana is 147,164 square miles) and is comprised of beautiful lagoons, reefs, beaches, rainforests, and volcanic mountains.  At present, the island nation has a population of a bit over 1 million people.  And one of them has visited me.
Thank you, someone in Mauritius, you made my day!
PHOTO: ROCS Group Travel

--Mitchell Hegman