Weekly Photo Challenge-Solitude

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Solitude

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Sitting on top of Lekhubu Island in Botswana’s,

Makgadikgadi Salt Pan was an ideal place

to find solitude among baobab trees thousands of years old.

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pan one of the largest salt flats in the world,

is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi,

which once covered an area larger than Switzerland.

However, the lake dried up several thousand years ago.

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Although we were twelve in number,

it was not difficult to find a

secluded spot, on this small island, to enjoy the scenery

and experience a sundown and sunrise in solitude.

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This eagle soared gracefully overhead

and was in solitude with it surroundings.

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Even with my lens stretched to its full 300 mm these

African fish eagles still appeared to be enjoying a solitary moment.

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Zoom out and they appear still more solitary.

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Finally, two shots from MGW’s camera,

where our subjects were seeking solitude.

In this shot we had set up camp on the track to the river,

two or three hundred yards further on.

MGW snapped this shot as he turned to go the long way round.

Prior to that he was standing there swaying

from foot to foot and gently shaking his head.

I’m sure he was thinking something like

damned tourists…again

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This diva did sit and strike a few poses for us

before deciding to seek solitude in the Botswana bush.

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge-Solitude

      • It is sad. Either poachers (over 1000 rhinos each year since 2013), elephants and in some areas local species are extinct mainly due to poaching and/or game hunters who use high powered rifles and don’t get anywhere near their target before shooting it.

        It was reported on Facebook that a Leopard would cost a ‘hunter’ about 25,000Rand. However, if tourist paid around 500Rand per sighting it could earn the country around 80-90,000Rand during its expected lifetime.

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