Word-of-Day-Challenge-Speed

~~~~~~~

~~~~~

speed

the rate at which someone or something moves
or operates or is able to move or operate
~~~~~


While I would prefer to be in a vehicle

when trying to outrun

an African elephant

which can move at a speed

of 40 kilometres per hour…

 

 

…it would need to be a speedy vehicle

to outrun a cheetah

which can attain speeds

of 80–130 kilometres an hour.

~~~~~

~~~~~

~~~~~

Lens-ArtistPC-144-Taking-Flight

 

~~~~~~~

~~~~~

30th Wedding Anniversary

Four years ago we experienced

a Hot Air Balloon lift off for our

thirtieth Wedding Anniversary.

The Northern White Crowned Shrike

was captured while visiting

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

forms part of

South Africa’s

Greater Kruger National Park.

The African Harrier Hawk posed for us

for a few minutes before it thought it wiser…

…to take to the air as gracefully…

..as it could.

African Harrier Hawk

Both birds were sighted

while staying at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

~~~~~

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Taking-Flight

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Taking-Flight

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Taking-Flight

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Taking-Flight

~~~~~

Cee-BW-Challenge-Smaller-Bread-Box-or-Bin

~~~~~

~~~~~

~~~~~

This week I have chosen birds which are all,

according to Google, smaller than a breadbox

which are usually about 16 inches wide

by 8 to 9 inches high and deep ,

or 40cm x 20cm x 20cm.


I would have thought the

Northern White Crowned Shrike

was considerably smaller than its

Crimson Breasted cousin.

However, at 19-23 cm long and

tipping the scales between

42 to 58 grams it more than

holds its place with its cousin.

The Crimson Breasted Shrike

is a smaller bird than I remembered it to be.

Measuring 23cm in length and

weighing 40-57 grams it is roughly

the same size as the

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

 

The Kalahari Scrub Robin

measures only 16 cm in length and

weighs between 17 and 23g 

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

At 14 cm, or 5.5in, long and weighing

only 8–13 grams (0.28–0.46 oz),

the Superb Fairy Wren

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm 

~~~~~

Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Smaller-Than-Bread-Box-or-Bin

~~~~~

Black_White

~~~~~

A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Unexpected-Focus

~~~~~

 

~~~~~

During our first visit to Africa

I had my camera set on AUTO focus…

…which resulted in more than

one or two with an

unexpected focus.

 

I certainly did not want an image

of these branches when there

was a shy impala species

on the rock mound.

Similarly I was trying to capture

on-coming vehicles and

not the window frame.

 

~~~~~

A Photo a Week Challenge:…Unexpected-Focus

~~~~~

~~~~~

 

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Hilarious

~~~~~~~

hilarious

extremely amusing.

~~~~~

Whatever it was these two Hornbills…

…were talking about, they thought it was hilarious;

alternating between this pose and a pose

of wings raised a little more than they are now;

heads down and bobbing up and down

just as though they had heard the funniest joke.

~~~~~

~~~~~

Lens-Artist-PC-125-My-Pick

~~~~~

~~~~~

I decided to post my favourite

African bird images this week.

The African Harrier Hawk had posed

long enough for us and was off.

~~~~~


I believe this to be

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Captured at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp,

South Africa

 

 

 


 

A Red Breasted Weaver

entertaining the breakfast crowd at

Elephant Sands,

Botswana.

I’m not sure if it lost purchase on the thorns or not.

However, one second it was hanging from the thorns ,

the next, plummeting groundwards.

Whatever the reason, I managed

to capture one frame of

its headlong dive.

~~~~~

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Your-Pick

~~~~~

WeeklyPrompts-Photo-Challenge-Snippet

~~~~~~

 

I don’t keep a regular diary and initially

was wondering what I could post.

Then I remembered the photo of these lion cubs

and its artistic transformation which hangs

in our living room.

We had seen one of Warren Carey’s (S.A. artist)

during our 2013 travels and very nearly made a purchase it.

Contact was made and Warren agreed to draw

one of our lion cub photos and

we had our souvenir.


The following year in Botswana MGW took this photo

and we decided that this would look good…

…on our living room wall also.

These are my snippets of the past decade

which will always remind me of our

visits to Africa.

~~~~~

Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Snippet

Lens-Artist-PC-120-What-a-Treat

~~~~~

~~~~~

The treat I want to share this week is

our last African game drive in

the first week of October 2013.

There wasn’t supposed to be a drive the last day,

however, we were treated to one and

it was one I will never forget.

 

Limpy (she had a deformed foot) and

her six week old cubs were the stars.

 

 

At six weeks the cubs were ready… 

to play with anything…

 

 

that moved…

…including…

…mum’s tail.

Go and play with the tourists instead of my tail.

 

Nosy obligingly heads off…

…for some tourist watching.

Rosy is a bit shy.

Our intrepid explorer keeps on coming…

 

 

…until he comes upon some elephant dung…

 

…which smells delightful and tastes even better.

Rosy joins Nosy now that Nosy is safe.

Don’t they look regal upon their throne?

 

Put on a show for the tourists?

  

Let’s show them how tough we are.

 

And so began…

…their play fight.

Perhaps…

…more play than fight.


Twenty minutes and nearly 300 photos later

as the sun was close to the horizon,

we departed this site.

Upon arriving back in Australia

we contacted a South African

artist whose work we admired and

he drew one of my photos.

Now have a constant reminder of that

experience on the wall in our living room.

Sadly in September 2014 Limpy was euthanized

by local veterinarians as she had contracted a

contagious disease of some description.

~~~~~

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:   What-a-Treat

~~~~~