Weekly Photo Challenge-Against-The-Odds

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Against The Odds

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On Valentines Day were asked to “double date’

(as MGW told her teenage girls at work) with

No. 1 Son and his Girlfriend.

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Girlfriend said she had not had fish and chips

since arriving in Australia.

The venue was to be our place until Girlfriend decided

that fish and chips had to be eaten outdoors.

Girlfriend loves Geelong’s foreshore and that was the venue.

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I thought we may have had a few seagulls for company, but…

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when this sparrow alighted on our table and tried desperately

to pull a whole chip out of my hand, I knew

there was an unexpected photo opportunity

if I had my camera at the ready.

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Not content with a chip, sparrow returned several times

to sample Girlfriend’s banana cake.

Sparrow and I both agreed that Girlfriend needs

more practise baking cakes and that we will be her taste testers 😀

Even though it was a bit chilly…

we have had a cool summer so far…

we all had an enjoyable evening out.

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One Word Photo Challenge-Elephant

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Elephant

One of my favourite subjects.

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Meet Tembo, a thirty year old, six ton, elephant

which killed six hippopotamuses

in a fit of rage after his mother was killed/died.

elephant_0232We met Tembo at

Elephant Whispers

in South Africa, 2013.


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The following year we journeyed into Botswana

and while out seeking a pride of lions

came upon what our guides described as

over 1,000 elephants

migrating from A to B in small family groups

of  twenty or so animals.

We drove for 4 or 5 kilometres and all we saw

was elephants as far as the eye,

and camera lens, could see.

Something our guides had never previously sighted.

elephant_0048At Elephant Sands we were up close and personal

with these mighty mammals, so rules need to be posted.

elephant-h-1That was our accommodation for the night.

I’m sure an irate elephant could push it over fairly easily.

elephant_0294Having a night-cap for the tourists…and the reason for rules.

 

elephant_1371They came into the waterhole to drink and left

the way the entered the circle of cabins.

elephant_0193Did you ever see an animal looking so contented?

We were told that some German (I think) girls

went to the ‘ladies’ during the night and

walked our to be met by an elephant.

The elephant was not injured in the encounter,

although some of the girls may have been

as they scrambled back to safety

in the toilet block. 🙂

elephant_0337One of my favourite shots from

an island in the Chobe River.

The Chobe River is the dividing line between

Botswana and Namibia…the background.

elephant_0385bNow back to the beginning.

Elephant Whispers and Tembo.

Not often we are given an opportunity like this.

And it still irks me to think that some young visitors

could have spoiled it for all by blatantly disobeying the rules.

That is standing still and hands on

Tembo’s legs so he knew we were there…and

so we could feel any of his movements.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Africa take it because

nothing is better than seeing these animals

in their natural environment.  

At least that is my/our opinion.

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 One Word Photo Challenge:Elephant

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Shadow

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Shadow

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Shadows from near and far.

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Take off at Maun airport. Botswana.

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I love the picture ‘painted’ on the roof of this Geelong church.

Even more so now that the tree has been removed.

fisherman_4380And while technically a silhouette, the near side of

this fisherman was indeed in shaded by the morning sun.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Flying

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My contribution for this week’s

Flying

 

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We are definitely airborne as our shadow shows

at Maun Airport, in Botswana.

We spent the next hour flying over the Okavango Delta.

Would love to return.

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At Victoria Falls it was an optional extra to

climb aboard the helicopter to get this shot.

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Not a very good shot of a helicopter over Corio Bay.

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No need to ring 000 or 911, this is garden art near Geelong.

Have often suggested that we have one in our front yard,

but hardly get the words out before

a resounding ‘No!‘ is heard. 😀

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Finally, this ‘shot from the hip, which turned out

much better than it should  have.

This helicopter was relaying the Cadel Evans Bike Race

back to a television studio which then

broadcast the images to a world-wide audience, so I was told.

Google tells me it was broadcast to these countries.

Britain, Eurosport Player (online), Africa (Live),

Belgium (L), Portugal (L), Japan, France,

Turkey and Eurosport Asia.


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Crawling-or-Flying

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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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