Thursday Lingering Look at Windows-Wk 46

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My first in a series of stained glass from our church.

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A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Harrier Hawk

A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Harrier Hawk

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My Word of the Week Challenge-High

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High up in a tree we sighted this beautiful African Harrier-Hawk…

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…luckily it struck a few poses  for a few minutes…

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…before noticing that we were newcomers to Kruger Park.

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Although its talons had a strong grip on the tree branch…

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…the hawk decided enough was enough and…

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…took flight.

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…stretching its wings high and wide in the warm midday sun…

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…and with the breeze brushing through its wing tips it was soon out of sight, but not before it’s gracefulness was captured by more than me.

PS:  MGW has already said she felt like throwing up after hearing the text accompanying this post.  Just hope it is not contagious 😉

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 A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – “High”

(suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com)

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Floral Friday-2911

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Floral Friday challenge.

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I took this shot in Kruger Park but do not know what the flower is called.  I have seen similar ones in Australia except the Aussie version droops down from a tree, or similar.

Google has plenty of results for “Trumpet Flower” and it appears that the flower can droop or be upright like this one.  All are poisonous….not sure how poisonous, but I’m not going to try one. 🙂

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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More birds again this week.

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This time a pair of Lilac Breasted Rollers and no points for guessing where they were sitting.  Our  guides pointed out rollers on a regular basis….unfortunately my eye sight prevented me from appreciating them in the wild.  It is only after viewing my pictures that I can see how pretty they are.

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I was in the back row when we entered this river crossing while on a game drive.

During these crossings a firm grasp was required to keep you safely in your seat.

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River_0222aEvery time we crossed a dry river/creek bed I had my camera ready for possible animal sightings.  Although we were told animals did often seek refuge in these creeks, we had no such sighting.

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We noticed these birds in the air over Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in mid-late afternoon.  We were told they were waiting for a feed.

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This was the sight that greeted us as we departed.

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Vultures apparently have a strict regime regarding who eats first, second and third.  While I now have a liking for vultures, as a bird, I will not be standing line to share breakfast, lunch or dinner with them.

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A-Z Challenge-V-V-V

My contribution to this week’s V challenge.

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Of these photos, who has the best view?

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Perhaps this vibrant blue starling sitting in the tree?  I was told that South African starlings do not possess any colour, their colour is simply reflected light.  Much prettier than the nuisance starlings that I have grown up with.

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Our guide had first view of anything while on our game drives.  I honestly don’t know how he managed to stay in the seat at times.

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Volture_1325b But I think I might take the cake, at least for best view of this vulture at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Talk about ‘up close and personal’. They are much bigger and heavier than they appear in the movies…and I did need that extra hand to help me hold it up while it ate the meat from the glove.  All fingers still accounted for..and counting. 🙂

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Share Your World-2013-Week-42

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If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

I think the Nike logo.  Why, because I am a lousy artist and that one looks the simplest to design.

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If you could have your own TV channel, what would it be about?

I think a mixture of Gilbert and Sullivan type musicals and ‘good’ movies.  A good movie is one that I like.  For example last night I watched Top Gun on television AGAIN…and for the first time began to pick holes in the story etc.  I would also like to include some National Geographic type documentaries or movies.  I swaying towards movies and yes it would be a movie channel….good movies!

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If you were on a small island, who would you want to be with? And where is it?  How big is it?

I think I am living the dream right now.  The island not ‘small’ but it is the right size and MGW is with me.

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At what age did you become an adult?

By Google definition an Adult is ‘a person who is fully grown or developed’.  Considering I am still changing am I fully grown or developed?

Another definition refers to a person having reached maturity.  I always think of maturity as those who are older than me 🙂

Then we come to the legal version of being an adult.  Back “in the good old days” I could not become an adult until I was twenty-one years of age, now that had been reduced to eighteen and I have found ten-year old children who know all their ‘rights’…but don’t want to know any responsibilities that come with those rights.  
Back in the 60s, upon reaching the age of 20, we could be sent to Vietnam, to ‘defend’ our country,  but we did not have the right to vote for the politicians who made that decision.  I still have my (Nasho/draft) card stating that I had to report for National Service…one of the few raffles in life that I have won.
Another definition is that in the eyes of the law we are able to manage our own affairs.  I fail miserably here because I need accountants and lawyers to manage a lot of my important affairs.
 Marc and Angel Hack Life have put up these 20 defining characteristics of adult hood.

  1. Realizing that maturity is an ongoing process, not a state, and continuously striving for self improvement.
  2. Able to manage personal jealousy and feelings of envy.
  3. Has the ability to listen to and evaluate the viewpoints of others.
  4. Maintains patience and flexibility on a daily basis.
  5. Accepts the fact that you can’t always win, and learns from mistakes instead of whining about the outcome.
  6. Does not overanalyze negative points, but instead looks for the positive points in the subject being analyzed.
  7. Is able to differentiate between rational decision making and emotional impulse.
  8. Understands that no skill or talent can overshadow the act of preparation.
  9. Capable of managing temper and anger.
  10. Keeps other people’s feeling in mind and limits selfishness.
  11. Being able to distinguish between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’.
  12. Shows confidence without being overly arrogant.
  13. Handles pressure with self composure.
  14. Takes ownership and responsibility of personal actions.
  15. Manages personal fears.
  16. Able to see the various shades of grey between the extremes of black and white in every situation.
  17. Accepts negative feedback as a tool for self improvement.
  18. Aware of personal insecurities and self-esteem.
  19. Able to separate true love from transitory infatuation.
  20. Understanding that open communication is the key to progression.
 I think those twenty ideas sum up being an adult fairly well.
However, as a final thought, the Urban Dictionary offers two definitions of being and adult.  
The first sums up nicely the place where I am at in relation to adult hood…

A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

The second definition of Adult

1. The period of your life before death, and after the time when you realize that it is, in fact, NOT cool to paste cut-outs from ‘Teen People’ onto your binder.  
(Teen People… a US based magazine which closed September, 2006, merging with People.com).
2. The label you give to movies that have copious amounts of the letter ‘X’ on them.
Oh! What age did I become an adult?  I’d like  to think there a few more ‘youthful’ years left in the ageing body before the moment I cannot grow, think, enjoy, etc. life.  In fact with the R word being evermore on my mind – whether it be forced or chosen retirement, I think this stage of life I feel free from the pressures of raising a family and school fees, and learning to drive and ……..  Now it’s time for this kid to enjoy himself and let someone else worry.
Cee, You’ve done it again….:-)

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Share Your World 2013

SYW commences on Mondays-Week 42

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Travel Theme-Fragrant

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My Travel Theme for this week.

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A photo on wheresmybackpack was my prompt for this week’s challenge.

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Each morning when arriving at work, the night staff, or maybe some early arrivals of the day staff variety, will have had a toaster…somewhere in the building, working overtime just before I arrive.  The fragrance begins rather inocuously as above….two simple pieces of bread in electronic device.

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Once we get to this stage it is time to make a pot of tea.  We don’t drink as much coffee at home as we do at work.  Whatever your brew it is time to make it as a pot of tea takes time to ‘draw’ the flavour out of the leaves.

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Shortly after this is the result.  Some people will say this toast is over cooked, but my mouth is beginning to salivate just looking at my handiwork. 😉

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On my plate there is no turning back.  A variety of toppings, one which the rest of the world detests (Vegemite), and your day is beginning well…until one arrives at work and smells this beautiful fragrance all over again.

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Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Fragrant

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Floral Friday-2211

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Callistemon in our garden for the Floral Friday challenge.

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Although past its prime this Callistemon has been flowering for some time now and is flourishing in an area which is difficult for plants to grow.  This morning a visit to our local nursery saw two more white Callistemon destined for this part of the garden.  Hopefully this time next year I will be able to photograph some white Callistemon in our garden.

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