When this elephant wandered past us our guide said,
There goes the whole of Africa.
Knowing our guide he would have
had a twinkle in his eye, as we did,
not knowing whether he had
said Hole or Whole
However there was no discussion about spelling
we when arrived at Lochnagar Crater, some
21 Km from Villers Bretonneux.
A hole in the ground it was.
Created by detonating 27 tons of explosive
under the German army’s frontline.
The explosion created a crater
330 feet (100.5 metres) across
and 70 ft (21 metres) deep.
For comparison a Jumbo jet
measures 63 metres in length
with a wing span of 60 metres
and a height of 19.4 metres (63 ft 6 in)
meaning it would easily fit in the crater.
Eight kilometres, or miles, to come or go,
or the eighth post
When the minute hand reaches number 8
the time is 40 minutes past the hour
or only 20 minutes until the next hour has passed.
It may have only been campfire fare but we
ate well on our Botswana Safari.
A wet Sunday afternoon in
a Murano Restaurant…
…where one-and-all ate well,
drank well, and became
merrier as the afternoon drew to a close
I would be…
…to find any beauty…
….in these arachnids
although many would disagree.
not filled or occupied.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans…
…are located on the North Eastern edge of
Botswana’s Kalahari Desert.
We drove for several hours over what appeared
to be empty acres of salt.
The only time we knew there was life was when
we sighted some wildlife.
Lekhubu Island, our destination,
was a pleasant site on the horizon…
…which only temporarily blocked our view of the emptiness…
…all round us.
The emptiness did make for a beautiful sunset…
…followed by an equally beautiful sunrise
in the morning.
Packed and ready to go,
we were soon out of salt pans…
…however, apart from the occasional tree
the landscape was still very empty.
Kalahari Scrub Robin
Winter shadows on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The MCG was the site of the 1956 Olympics,
the 2006 Games
and countless Cricket and (AFL) Football Matches.
Summer Shadows in…
The Beefeater Guide had plenty of stories to tell
about The Tower of London
Our guide (foreground) at the Colosseum
was aware of its history and many
previously unheard of facts.
Google will tell you that
Botswana’s Lekhubu Island
was once surrounded by water and…
…may have looked something like this.
In 2014, however, it was a bare salt pan
…of much plant life and even less animal life.
Our little island in the desert was
surrounded by nothing…
…almost as far as the eye could see.