Travel Theme-Sport




Travel Theme.


While in Botswana  in 2014 we were introduced to the sport of

Impala Dung Spitting.

(I decided to be politically correct with the title)

Each contestant must finds his, or her,

own piece of impala dung before they can compete.

There is a lot of skill involved in the selection process alone.

Too fresh is not good.  Dung needs to dry a bit.

Too old is too light and lots of sucking must be done

to re-hydrate it the optimal spitting weight.

So probably it is best to come along about

a week after the impala…if you get my drift.

Our guides demonstrated.

The apprentice went first.
Sport_0317Note the stance.Sport_N1864aKnees bent.

Leaning back to gain maximum trajectory.

Sport_0317aBreath in….(through your nose),

then in one swift movement…

Sport__0319lock your knees straight….
Sport_0321raise yourself onto your toes

for added height and distance…

 Sport_0317bAND at the same time  curl your tongue

around the projectile and exhale…through one’s mouth!

Sport_0322Finally have your pellet spotter…

mark your pellet.

Sport_0326Now the master’s turn.

Note the slightly different style.

Weight initially transferred to the back foot…


Still slightly bent knees..

Sport_0330arms raised to help with trajectory.


and after a quick transference of weight

from back to front foot,

it’s pellets away…
Sport_1863ausing the rear leg for balance as the body leans

forward to gain trajectory and distance.

Sport_0334One this day the apprentice out spat his master.


 However, I think a draw would have been appropriate…

Sport_0336as you will notice that there is one guest…

Sport_0337walking directly into the line of spit.

Sport_0338This would be off-putting enough to put anyone

off their best spitting performance.

 We could possibly turn this  into an Olympic,

certainly an international event.

Sheep produce spit-able pellets,

as do rabbits and many other animals.

Just think of the headline

South Africa versus Australia

in the Dung Spitting test.


Where’s My Backpack:Sport



Travel Theme-Pastel




Travel Theme.



African Lilac Breasted Roller

is my pastel subject this week.


When I first sighted the Roller it was just another bird

 against a hot sunny South African sky.

High up in a tree my red and green colour vision loss

did not allow my eyes to see the colours.


It was not until I arrived home and saw the photos

on my computer that I appreciated its colours.

Although at nearly ground level and only 30-40 metres away,

the colours of this Roller were much easier to see

when sighted in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region

the following year.


Where’s My Backpack: Pastel






Black and White Challenge:

Large Items.


Size is all a matter of perspective,  I think.


 This bloke may not be the biggest, however,

when he shakes is head at you,

the message is quite clear.

Clear off!

I’m not going to take him  on…are you?


This is Hopkins Falls, near Warrnambool

in Victoria’s South West.

It looked rather dramatic on Wednesday morning.

My other two visits have been during summer months

and nowhere near the flow there is at present.


This fisherman look rather large until…


I widen the angle a bit.

There’s a bit of danger nearby.


Pull back a bit further and our fisherman is dwarfed by

Victoria Falls.

victoria-falls_0201Mostly we look at the spot where the water is flowing

when we visit a waterfall.

These holes in the landscape are not caused by mining,

rather they are previous sites of Victoria Falls.


The very bottom of this shot shows a small,

from the air, river of water which has

eroded away some of the softer stone…

the beginnings of a new Victoria Falls.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Large Items




Travel Theme-Camping




Travel Theme.


Camping in Botswana.


Our accommodation for the night.


Tents up.

Lost a pair of glasses at this camp.

They turned up in another woman’s tent at the next camp 😦



Main thing was to get food prepared.


 And get the kettle boiled.


Our first night under canvas…but what a sight at sundown.


Where’s My Backpack: Camping








Black and White Challenge:

Tongues and Tails.


Back to nature this week.


Salt gets this tongue to work.


The Ground Hornbill.

Last week I posted its red eye in my Faces post.


Another of the first.


No prizes.


The best rear shot of a waterbuck I have.


Giraffes always appear to have their tongue out eating.


Finally, our guide always referred to this sight

as looking at the whole of Africa.

Never did work out what he meant 😉


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Tongues and Tails





Travel Theme-Balance




Travel Theme.


I think this may be a Northern White Crowned Shrike.  

Google says they live in Tanzania with no mention

South Africa where this was taken.

Northern-White-Crowned-Shrike _0133

Whatever species it is there always seems to be a fine line…


between balanced and that over balanced look, with birds.


Where’s My Backpack: Balance



Weekly Photo Challenge-Future



My contribution for this week’s challenge…

The Future of Africa


It took only a few moment to select a theme for this week.

leopard_0691I firmly believe that tourists…
elephants-H_2239both local and international…

elephants_0059being able to visit and sight these wonderful animals provide…


elephants_0061Africa’s economy with a large injection of jobs and cash flow.


 I wonder if this young Giraffe is still alive

and being sighted by tourist cameras?


My hope is that this rhino will be as it was living

in a reserve protect by armed soldiers.

Six years ago our own Elle Macpherson was spruiking

that she used rhino horn…

and then apologised for her comments.

I just hope she stopped using as well!


We were told that this cheetah hunts for its food,

however it still came back and acted like

a tabby cat for tourists to pat.

Whether that is right or wrong is up to the reader to decide.

However, I did see on Facebook that if a cat (leopard, I think)

was shot by a trophy hunter it would inject something

like 35,000 Rand (app: AUD$3,094: USD$2,336) into someone’s pocket.

If tourists paid 500 Rand for a sighting of the same cat

it would inject about 85,000 Rand into South Africa’s economy

over the lifetime of the animal.

Apart from currency conversion,

all figures quoted are from memory only.


Dangerous…but what a sight.


 I did see herds of thirty or so zebras.

Why shoot them, unless…


it’s with a Nikon, Canon, Pentax Sony etc.


I dream of seeing this again.

We were lucky on our first trip, to see this pride.

We followed leads but could not find

any lions twelve months later.

Lion_0624-Limpy-CubsaAnd as the sun set on our last night at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp (2013)

we spent twenty minutes with these two

and their mother (Limpy, who died in September 2014).

We are constantly reminded of this as we had

one of the photos drawn by a South African artist,

Warren Cary

who draws wonderful pencil drawings.

We think his leopard drawings are wonderful.

And that, my friends,

is the future of Africa,

in my humble opinion.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Landscape



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



This week some local landscape to begin Blue Gums at harvest time.

The foreground, while still containing a lot of off-cuts from harvest,

has coppiced and the trees are nearly twenty feet high again.

The trees in the back ground should be harvested by now.

And so this little slice of landscape is constantly changing.

landscape_0004A part of the Moorabool Valley are near Geelong.

landscape_0020AAASouth Africa.


Botswana village


Okavango Delta.

landscape_0292-001 Last, but not least, one of our favourite African scenes.

We felt we really had been to Africa after

a brief stop here between

Lekhubu Island and The Okavango Delta

in Botswana.




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge- Alleys-Driveways-Parking-Lots-Dirt-Roads


My contribution for this week’s

 Alleys, Driveways, Parking Lots, Dirt Roads



Beginning with some… ally_0479Melbourne

ally_0531and Melbourne again.

road_0014Approaching Mt Mercer Wind Farm.

road_0124A busy Geelong over pass.

On safari in Botswana.


 Sydney_0034roads, and…

Sydney_0002parking lots.


Travel Theme-Sensory




Travel Theme.


All re-posts I’m afraid but something to tempt the senses.

My first photograph of one of Melbourne’s human statues.


Playing with Photoshop


A typical sight on ANZAC Day.

statue_199Melbourne Zoo.


It is three years since we saw this and yet

it seems like only yesterday.

Elephant Whispers, Hazyview, South Africa.


How to cross the Chobe River without a boat

and avoid Botswana-Namibia customs.


Part of the 1,000 elephant sighting in Botswana.

A day to remember.

Even our guides, who estimated this number,

were fascinated with this sighting.



A cool drink, on an island, in the middle of the Chobe River.


Bracelets were being made of this.


 Tembo, weighed in at six tons, had killed six rhinos

during a time of grief after his mother died, or was killed.


Just before dusk on day three of our 2013 African Safari

we discovered this leopard.

Kruger National Park.

I would have happily gone home very happy.


However, on our last night, Day 15,

we spent twenty minutes with these cubs.

A magical experience at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

Hope I have hit the mark with these and not raved too much.

Happy Easter.


Where’s My Backpack: Sensory