WeeklyPrompts-Photo-Challenge-The-Unexpected

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Mum was probably happy to see her offspring…

…find something else to do.

It was our unexpected game drive

which gave her a break…

…and resulted in…

…these images of her…

…of six week old lion cubs.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Uexpected

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Cees-MWMChallenge-June-Close-Up-Macro

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African Closeups…

A Hornbill

Vulture.

Bateleur Eagle

 

One of two Yellow Billed Hornbills

which decided to inspect our vehicle.

Yes, one left its stamp of approval.

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Cees-MWMChallenge-May-G-Words

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Giraffe

Girl in a wetsuit

CroppinG a photo is…

…form of maGnification.

 

Stop SiGn

RunninG doG

DC Photography 19

JumpinG KanGaroo

Result of knee replacement

surGery

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Unexpected

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In 2013, an unexpected…

…last night game drive…

…was the only…

…reason we were able…

…to capture these images of six week old

lion cubs and their mother.


Although there was moisture in the air

the last thing we expected was

to need umbrellas when

under cover, at Pompeii.

 

Nor did I expect Rome’s

Trevi Fountain to be

tucked away in such a small area…

 

 

…or that there would be so many tourists visiting

at the same time as we were.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:...Unexpected

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Lens-ArtistPC-144-Taking-Flight

 

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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.

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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

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-She’s-Got-The-Look

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I am not sure that I have interpreted

this challenge correctly.

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I no longer photograph people as much as

I did when I took my first image. However, I think the year was 1980,

and I had taken a cruise to Tahiti. 

During one of the island stopovers,

this girl was selling trinkets to tourists.  

 

Of recent years I always thought

this girl had the look.

She certainly had the eyelashes.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:….She’s-Got-The-Look

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Fences-and-Gates

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Cemetery…

 

 

fences.

Dry Stone Wall…

 

 

…fencing.

Gateway into old York

Sydney Harbour fences.

My kinda fencing

The only thing keeping this lamb behind

this old fence is a full belly.

A fence to keep giraffes out.

And just outside our tent door was a fence (foreground)

to keep elephants away.

It worked well, especially with this elephant.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Fences-n-Gates

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Lens-Artist-PC-125-My-Pick

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I decided to post my favourite

African bird images this week.

The African Harrier Hawk had posed

long enough for us and was off.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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