Our 2014 Botswana Safari was the last time

we came near to ruffin it.   

We soon discovered that connecting to the internet

in the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta

was not going to happen.


Instead we once again discovered the joys

of sitting and eating around a campfire,

sleeping in tents, without any connection

to family and friends via social media networking.

However, even on our rough trip

our guide acted as cook.

We all commented on how nice it was

to spend 7 nights around a campfire.

Upon arriving at Chobe we once again

were able to access the outside world

via our social media connections.

Conversation died a quick death as

all eyes were fixated on our devices.

So much for ruffin’ it  🙂


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Ruffin’ It



side by side

(of two or more people or things) close together

and facing the same way.




We ain’t got a barrel of money…


…maybe we’re ragged and funny…

…but we’ll travel the road…


…sharin’ our load, side by side.



Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Side-by-Side




a structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc.
across a river, road, or other obstacle.


…past their…



use by date.

 This is a new bridge.

Personally, I would want to be

crossing as quickly as possible.


Still, it is a vast improvement

on the old bridge.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Bridge




Shadows of Christmas decorations in

Bourke Street,


Kalahari Scrub Robin,




The tree casting this shadow has been removed…

…and the Church is now surrounded

by a used car lot.

Shadow Selfie.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Shadows



I have included a few things to do

in and around Geelong

just in case borders are closed suddenly.


Visit the Otway Rainforest near Geelong

Lekhubu Island and its ancient Baobab trees

on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.


Sunrise at Botswana’s Lekhubu Island


Rise early to enjoy sunrise at Geelong

Go on an African Safari


Enjoy an a Down Under sunset near Geelong


Cruise into Glacier Bay and view Alaska’s

Margerie Glacier

Explore the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre

From Fairbanks take a Chenna River Cruise

Fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot…

…coach to small community…


…of Wiseman inside the Arctic Circle.







All my images for this challenge were captured

in South Africa and Botswana

in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

African Starling


African Harrier Hawk


Crested Barbet


Pied Kingfisher


Yellow Billed Hornbill


Lilac Breasted Roller


Crimson Breasted Shrike

Grey Go Away Bird


Magpie Shrike












(of a bird or other winged creature)
fly unsteadily or hover by flapping
the wings quickly and lightly

A collection of…

From this..

…to this with barely a flap

of its wings.



Nest building weavers moving quickly

on fluttering wings.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Flutter





My Nature Post images were all captured in Africa.

A multitude of kingfisher hovering images…


…a much smaller window of opportunity

to capture the ‘Breakfast’ shot.


African, Lilac Breasted Roller





Lioness, Limpy, mother of….


…Rosy and Nosy 🙂



With a 24/7 military guard operating on

a shoot first ask question later basis, the

Khama Rhino Sanctuary, is home…


…not only to rhinos,

but many other species of wildlife including

this Crimson Breasted Shrike.





Seeing out the rest of its days

in the shade of an old gum tree.

Where sheep can be found during

the hottest part of a summer day.

Botswana’s Kalahari Scrub Robin

casting a shadow much larger

than its actual size.


A Geelong Church which has been

converted to a car dealership.

No more shadows because

the tree has been demolished.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Shadow-&-Shade