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Our football season is over for 2016…

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however fans and players all enjoy a good game of football.

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Busking…for the young at heart.



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While half a world away these impalas…

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certainly enjoyed themselves in Kruger National Park.

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Where’s My Backpack: Playing

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Eyes

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My contribution for this week’s

Eyes

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Family eyes…mostly.throughmyeyes3

…mostly.

Now some of my favourite eyes….

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Cheetah.

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The gentle giant which we are trying our best to exterminate.

So sad…

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Six week old lion cub.

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The lion cub’s mother.

Sadly she died about twelve months after this shot was taken.

She was only about fifteen feet from our vehicle and

when she turned and look at me/camera/vehicle…

there was definitely goose bumps all over me.

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The

African Lilac Breasted Roller

is my pastel subject this week.

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When I first sighted the Roller it was just another bird

 against a hot sunny South African sky.

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

did not allow my eyes to see the colours.

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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.

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Where’s My Backpack: Pastel

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One Word Photo Challenge-Chameleon

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 Even allowing for the fact that this shot was taken a  distance,

I think it fits the chameleon challenge.

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 I never thought an animal which grows to a height of 6 metres

would be so hard to see in its natural environment.

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One Word Photo Challenge:Chameleon

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Partners

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Partners

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Partners can be found everywhere.
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‘Our’ plovers from the last few years certainly

synchronised to protect their brood.

eagle_0005aWedge Tail eagles, I believe, are partners for life.

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Not so sure about the African Fish Eagle…although this pair

exhibited all signs of a partnership.

dancers_0362Partners in dance.

These four were synchronised in the performance.

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Ostriches also are partners for life and were both helping

shelter the brood on this hot day.

 

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Surfing partners waiting for the big one.

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Unfortunately they had to settle for…

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some smaller waves on this recent outing.

 

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I hope everyone likes African animals as much as I do.

Cheetah_0029aThis cheetah threaded her way between

me and the elbow in the picture…

cheetah_0140then flopped down like a tabby cat and

waited for us to pat her.

From memory we had to pat

her ear, head area…and yes I

came out of that with both hands in tact.

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 We thought this a marvelous sighting.

A lioness and her cubs about 20 – 30 metres away.

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But I think I can safely say that we all

held our collective breaths when the

cubs decided to come and watch the tourists.

These two were only about 15 feet from

our vehicle…and mum remained watching

from her spot on the hill glad to have some

relief from them for a short time.

 

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Another of our remember for ever close encounter.

We were told to stand with our hands on

Thembo’s legs so he would know we were there.

 However, encouraged by older family members two

teenagers decided to use him as a modelling backdrop.

Strangers messing around with a 6 ton elephant which

had killed three hippos in a mad rage after his mother

was killed.

For the record all photos taken using

Nikon D90 and 70-300mm Nikkor zoom lens.

 

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Where’s My Backpack: Close

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