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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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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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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