There “used to be” Rhinos

African rhinos will soon be extinct….a matter of a couple of years at the present rate poaching. It can only be described as fascinating to have seen them in their own environment. We hope to return soon….and all fellow travellers agreed that this was the future of Africa, the tourist dollar, and that simply killing the animals was abhorrent.

Fight for Rhinos

Just back from Kenya. What an amazing experience-getting to see, hear and live the culture I’ve heard so much about! I’ve learned new things, made new friends, and of course was “over the moon” seeing all the magnificent wildlife I love so much.

My prized memory was at Ol Pejeta; seeing a black rhino in the distance. After a bit, he came galloping out of the bush at us. He stood there for minute or so as if sizing us up, then turned and ran back. It was incredible.

DSCF2388There were a few rhino in the Lake Nakuru area as well. But, having been to Samburu, Amboseli, and Masaai Mara, the one disturbing theme was “There used to be rhinos here.” There are now none in Samburu or Amboseli, and rare spottings in the Mara.

With poaching stats at almost 800 for this year alone, it’s no wonder they’re so…

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Old Dogs

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As with us all our pets are not as young as they used to be and they need their morning nap! Particularly after the weather turns a bit chilly.

Looking closer you will see that both dogs being ‘well-trained’, have put themselves to bed without being chained to their kennel.

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These are/were farm dogs and have spent their entire life in those kennels along with approximately five other working sheep dogs.

Admittedly the kennels probably need replacing, however, here are two contented dogs with a variety of blankets to keep them warm.

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From a photographic point of view, I took the top shot on my Nikon D90 using a 70-300 mm lens.  So as not to disturb Maggie and Ginger the photo was taken through the glass in the back door.

Upon leaving farming life dogs were our biggest concern…how would they settle in, etc.  A slice bread for fun on the first morning, in their new home, has now become a ritual. No matter how much breakfast they have beforehand, I have to give them their slice of bread before they truly believe the day has begun.

Sometimes I think they are like kids ‘conning’ me into a treat each morning!

Finally, I have seen much larger images posted on WordPress blogs, however, as a newbie to WordPress I still have not worked out how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.