Word-of-Day-Elephant

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I just drooled when I saw today’s Word of the Day.

Followers will know…

…that I am not short of…

 

…elephant photos.

Swimming elephants.

 

 

Elephants wandering past our accommodation.

Who knows how many passed by during the night.

 

 

Thirsty elephants on

The Okavango Delta.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Elephant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Timing

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Still Africa this week.

We had heard of these cubs and were

lucky enough to be out and about

when the call came through.

We spent twenty minutes watching

and shooting these images as the cubs played

a mere 20 feet from our car.

In 2014 we were lucky enough to to sight

what our guides described as

‘over 1,000 elephants’

migrating through Botswana.

We were actually seeking a pride of lions,

however, we always arrived

the day after a sighting.

Bad timing.

We were also lucky to see this scene twice.

Elephants crossing the Chobe River to Namibia.

The Matriarch would chose the track across the river

and then wait on the other side until

all members were accounted for.

There was at least one baby elephant

and it made the crossing with

some helping trunks lifting it high enough

for it to breath every now and again.

Five or ten minutes later and

we would have missed both events.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Timing

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Backs

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Beginning in Melbourne,

ending in  Africa.

A busker in Melbourne.

Not a large crowd watching…

…watching this busker, entertainer, contortionist

thread her way through the hoop.

I deliberately did not take a rear shot

of this young lady, opting instead for a side view.

I would love to see her perform again as I am

sure my camera has not done justice

to her very slim figure.

The back of an African elephant’s ear.

Our guide (with tongue firmly planted in his cheek)

described this as the whole of Africa

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:   Back-of-Things

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FOWChallenge-Camp

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camp

a place with temporary accommodation of huts, tents, or other structures,
typically used by soldiers, refugees, or travelling people

Some Botswana campsite images.

LeKhubu Island campsite in Botswana.

 

Several times we had…

 

…locals pass by our campsite during the night.

One or two came really close

on their scavenger hunt.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Camp

 

 

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Book

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book

a written or printed work consisting of pages glued
or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
“a book of selected poems”

When we moved off the farm…
…my library consisted of hard back book.

Then audiobooks began to fill my shelves.


After our African Safaris…

…we created some online books…

…using some of our favourite images.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cee-BW-Challenge-Flying-Things

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Mostly birds  this week, although

I think I have  heard planes

referred to as ‘birds’ also.

The tag on this photo says it is

Francistown Airport in Botswana,

however, I believe it it Johannesburg’s

O.R. Tambo Airport..

Africa’s southern Masked Weaver.

Lilac Breasted Roller

 

Not sure if this is

a red headed weaver,

a red breasted weaver, or simply

a plain red weaver.

It put on a great show prior to

its stunning departure dive.

If anyone knows please let me know and don”t rely on Google.

Assuming Google produces the same result the world over

when I Googled Red Breasted Weaver,

the very first image was one which

I posted…and incorrectly titled

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:   Flying-Things

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk197-Fathers

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  The male Southern Masked Weaver

builds a nest for its beloved. 

He pays attention to details because

his future bride will pull it to pieces

if the nest is not up to her standard. 

Future father weaver commences all over again.  

Father lion allowed his wives and children

to rest on the other side of the road. 

Apparently this is an unusual sight,

seeing the male and female ostrich together. 

Less than 10 percent of nests survive

the 9 weeks of laying and incubation. 

Of those that do survive only fifteen percent

of chicks survive to one year of age.

However, if an ostrich can survive to adulthood,

they are expected to live 40-45 years in the wild

and over 60 years in captivity.

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