WeeklyPrompts-PC-Awareness

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Our Safari Guide……assured us he was only planning

tomorrow’s itinerary.

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.

 

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Awareness

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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

devoid of…

 

…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.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk231 – Nothing

WeeklyPrompts-PC-Desolate

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desolate

(of a place) uninhabited and giving
an impression of bleak emptiness.

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After spending a greater portion of our day

driving over narrow bush tracks, followed by…

…several traversing Sua (Salt) Pan

which is part of the

Kalahari Desert’s,

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans,

we finally arrived at

our destination….Lekhubu Island.  

To describe Lekhubu island as ‘desolate’ would be…


…an understatement in my opinion.

The island’s greatest feature was/is its ancient baobab trees…

 

…which at sun down provided a beautiful natural frame.

Up early next morning to capture a sunrise

and another silhouetted baobab tree.

It may have appeared desolate and amenities,

in 2014, a bit primitive,

but it was certainly

a worthwhile experience.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Desolate

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untaken

* not taken by force; not captured.
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In early morning sun at Lekhubu Island, Botswana,

trying to capture a photograph of the

fast moving small Kalahari Scrub Robin,

was difficult to say the least.

One second it appeared calm.

Then it was off in a flurry of movement and dirt

as it darted away on its next crazy run.

 

After nearly 100 shots I was left with images

of the ground upon which my Robin

was standing a split second earlier

and many others, like this one.

Almost a total miss.

It took patience and perseverance

to capture some half decent images

of my subject.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk223 – Untaken

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A range of images to

suit the challenge.

Kudu…sighted in Kruger National Park

Sunset at Lekhubu Island in Botswana’s

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Anglesea green keepers at work.

 

Koala

And nearly forgot…

 

 

…the…

…kookaburras.

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LIft off on our flight over

the Okavango Delta.

Shadows on a boabab tree

in Botswana.

 

Made in Victoria.

 

Shadows that are no more.

 

A Kalahari Scrub Robin with an early morning shadow

much larger than the bird.

 

Fog tends to add a grey tone a landscape…

…whether it is a Black and White…

…or colour image.

 

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Finally, the Moorabool Valley in its foggy glory

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Shadows

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expanse

a wide continuous area of something.
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If we had visited Botswana’s

Lekhubu Island

a little over 10,000 years ago…

…we would have been in the middle of

Lake Makgadikgadi,

which covered an area ranging

between 80,000 and 275,000 square kilometres

(or, 30,888 to 106,178 sq miles)

and was up to 30 metres deep.

In 2014, however, it was simply acre upon acre of salt

with the rocky out crop known as Lekhubu Island

the only visible destination.

 

For 360 degrees all we could see was nothing

and yet I would still recommend it as

an overnight stop just to experience

this vast expanse of solitude.

The sunset and sunrise were glorious.

 

The drive out was a little more interesting

with various trees and villages sighted…

…but still the expanse of that salt lake

was always lurking on the horizon.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk212 – Expanse