A-Z Challenge-C-C-C

My contribution to this week’s CCC challenge.

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The Canyon formed by the Blyde River near

Bourke’s Luck Potholes, South Africa.

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Cubs of the tiger variety at DreamWorld on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  This photo taken through thick glass, with a Kodak 5Mp camera

crocodile_0106Crocodiles from South Africa.  I did not realise how attractive their skin was until examining these photos.

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Cubs_N1472Finally some more Cubs, six-week old lions, courtesy of MGW.

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A-Z Challenge-B-B-B

My contribution to this week’s B challenge.

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Cape Buffalo

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crestedbarbet_0073A Crested Barbet

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LunarButterfly_N1273Finally a Lunar Butterfly courtesy of MGW.

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A-Z Challenge-A-A-A

My contribution to this week’s AAA challenge.

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Again ventured into the garden to find some A’s

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Our Apple tree is coming along nicely with fruit…

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in various stages of development.

agapanthus_0363However, my favourite is our Agapanthus.

With warmer weather approaching they should all bloom in the near future.

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A-Z Challenge-Z-Z-Z

My contribution to this week’s Z challenge.

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I felt that Frizz issued a challenge last week, with this comment.

frizztext | December 18, 2013 at 21:30 (Edit)

O.K., Y = yachts along the Swan River was easy for you – but you don’t have Zebras swimming in that river:

next week: letter “Z”!

They may not be swimming in the Swan River but…

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I just..

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….had to…

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…accept, with Zebras everywhere.

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zebra_00371..my favourite

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Merry Christmas Frizz and Happy New Year.

It’s been fun

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A-Z Challenge-Y-Y-Y

My contribution to this week’s Y challenge.

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After a battle with X last week, yachts along the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle is too easy.

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A-Z Challenge-X-X-X

My contribution to this week’s X challenge.

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This was the beginning of our attempt to grow an Australian Grass Tree in our front yard…a fairly expensive plant.  We thought that planting it above ground level would assist it to survive in our corner of the world.  Alas!  It was not to be.  After a promising first summer with increased foliage, it began to suffer and we could not revive it.  After struggling on for about two years in total much to our disappointment it finally succumbed.  We are out of the ideal growing area although there are some growing wild in our area.  I think we may have over watered it as when it was finally removed the ‘hole’ in which it was planted was still quite wet.

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Due  to its ability to withstand a bush fire and the resulting black trunk it was commonly known as a Black Boy Tree.

It is now known as a Grass Tree

and its botanical name is

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which is the only way I could manage a post this week.

Google Xanthorrhoea for further information, or

click the link for

Wikipedia’s Xanthorrhoea 

page. 

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A-Z Challenge-W-W-W

My contribution to this week’s W challenge.

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This herd of wildebeest didn’t bother to spare us a glance as they trudged through the heat.  Reaching the waterhole was the only thing on their minds.

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These, I believe, are Mopani Worms.  Or just ‘worms’.  One of our party was kidded into purchasing a bag of these delicacies and then tried to be a good Christian citizen and SHARE them with the rest of us.

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In a moment of madness I did try one.  Much to my horror it looked like the Australian Witchetty Grub, which lives in acacia trees.  I thought that the grubs/worms had at least been cooked in something because they were brown, live Wichetty Grubs are a whitish colour. Alas wrong again..what’s new?  These worms are just left to dry out, then packaged.  No-one has suffered any ill effects, and they would probably keep you alive and make a good snack…if there was nothing else to eat.  They are worth a try if ever  in South Africa, if for no other reason it makes a topic for a post when you arrive home. 🙂

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A-Z Challenge-V-V-V

My contribution to this week’s V challenge.

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Of these photos, who has the best view?

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Perhaps this vibrant blue starling sitting in the tree?  I was told that South African starlings do not possess any colour, their colour is simply reflected light.  Much prettier than the nuisance starlings that I have grown up with.

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Our guide had first view of anything while on our game drives.  I honestly don’t know how he managed to stay in the seat at times.

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Volture_1325b But I think I might take the cake, at least for best view of this vulture at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Talk about ‘up close and personal’. They are much bigger and heavier than they appear in the movies…and I did need that extra hand to help me hold it up while it ate the meat from the glove.  All fingers still accounted for..and counting. 🙂

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A-Z Challenge-U-U-U

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My contribution to this week’s U challenge.

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I never thought that I would be able to use this photo on my blog.

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Here we were in the Geelong Botanic Gardens in early January, 2013, under a tree, looking up at a formation which looked like an udder.

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A Ginko biloba (Maidenhair Tree) classified by the National Trust of Victoria, no less.  Apologies for the scratchiness of this pic, it is a very, very small part of a larger photo.

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A-Z Challenge-T-T-T

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My contribution this week’s TTT challenge.

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A photo showing the outside of our tent.

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An inside out view.

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Tusks.  Undoubtedly there was a telephoto lens involved here, but this is the closest I have ever been to an elephant that was feeding contentedly in the wild.

Why anyone would want to destroy these beautiful beasts is beyond me.

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Even at twenty metres this lion kept to himself…probably wishing we would all go away and leave them in peace.  He displayed his teeth for us and you can also see one or two which are missing.  The result of age or battle?  My guess is a combination of both.

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This one is a late extra.  Four Ts comprise this photo.  Tongue, teeth and tusks,

all of which belong to 30 year old, 6 ton, Tembo.

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