Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Circles-Curves

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My contribution for this week’s

Circles and Curves

Challenge

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It has been a cold wet week, so I’m relying on re-posts.

Decorations_0460gChristmas decorations provide my circle.

Decorations_0456cThe ‘ribs’ of another Christmas bauble for a curve…or circle.

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I took this photo about twelve months ago and still have not worked out what value the curved metal has in the construction of this building.

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 Our garden art is full of curves…

statue_1829The round hole in this one also provides interesting curves from this angle.

statue_0289In light of the recent death of Satao, in Kenya, at the hands of poachers I thought the curves in this statue at Letaba Rest Camp also fitting.  Forty-five year old Satao had tusks which were over 2 metres long.

Letaba Camp also features Elephant Hall museum which is a memorial to some of Kruger Park’s largest elephants.  During the latter part of last century large ‘tuskers’ were publicised as succesful examples of Kruger Park’s conservation efforts.  The largest seven were: Dzombo, Kambaku, Mafunyane, Ndlulamithi, Shawu and Shingwedzi, and dubbed “The Magnificent Seven”.  As these tuskers died out South African National Parks decided to retrieve their tusks and display them in The Elephant Hall at Letaba Rest Camp.

Only after standing alongside some of these tusks can one fully appreciate the size of the animals which carried them during their lifetime.

Whether animals are shot with a high-powered rifle or die a slow death, as Satao did, from a poison arrow matters little.  Animals are, in my opinion the draw card for tourist to Africa and poachers are doing their best to kill each and every one of these magnificent creatures…elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes, leopards, lions, all in the name of a trophy, ivory or rhinoceros horn.  I shall desist.  I have had my rant.

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Circles-Curves

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10 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Circles-Curves

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  2. These are all great photos. The elephant story is very sad.
    The christmas balls had me shaking at the thought of holiday decorating.
    Ironically, my daughter just wrote me she will be coming for the holidays to Florida.
    : ) Nice choices for Cee’s challenge.

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  3. These photos are fabulous. The poaching? Not in the least bit. How anyone could be so heartless is beyond my comprehension. You’re lucky to be going back to see what appears to be most magnificent. Savor the memories, shoot the shots, before these fools decimate the populations. So very sad.

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  4. The elephant picture is magnificent. It’s deplorabe that the greed of poaching continues today while our planet and its precious resources – including the creatures in it – are squandered.

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    • After seeing elephants (and other wildlife) at close range, in the wild, last year, I could not agree more. One of the organisers, an artist, told us that he is often asked why he travels to Africa. His reply is, ” if you have to ask you have never been”. It draws a few blank faces, apparently, but we all agreed with him. The wildlife is the attraction. It is truly sad to see wonderful animals being poached for such an insignificant reason. Again, I shall desist, right now. 🙂

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      • I agree with that organizer completely. I can’t say I ever had a compelling desire to go to Africa … until I actually went. Now I feel a need to return.

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      • We are about eight weeks away from a return visit although spending most of time in Botswana. It was not even on the horizon twelve months ago, but after one visit…. Our planned on a trip to Hawaii was put on the back burner. I have read a couple of Tony Park’s books this year. They really came to life when places we had visited and places we are going to visit, were mentioned.

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