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Towards the end of our first day

in Kruger National Park…

…our driver received a message which lead us to

what I call my National Geographic shot.

So called because it is where I thought it

most likely to see such a shot…

 

…and also because I imagined that such an image

would require much patience

and luck to capture.

 

 

On our final morning at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

we were woken by the sound of

breaking tree branches.

Upon looking outside into the darkness

I noticed this passerby, probably heading

for the water hole.

More surprising was the fact that it was only

this image which made me realise the there was only

a three foot six inch high fence

separating us from wildlife.

 

The following year another surprise

at Botswana’s Elephant Sands.

While at breakfast we noticed this elephant

wandering past last night’s accommodation.

We wondered how many other had

wandered past during the night.

Elephant Sands is a water hole which elephants come

to drink at any time of day or night.

As with all animals there were more

at night than during the day.

Some of the accommodation can bee seen

in the background for the record my camera

lens was set at 55 mm for this shot.

 

 

Back to 2013 and our last evening at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

We were offered one last surprise game drive.

About half an hour into the drive the message

came through of a sighting…at

the other end of the reserve.

 

 

 

Long story short.

Mother Limpy watched on while

Nosy and Rosy (our nicknames for the cubs)

came to within twenty-five feet of our

vehicle to watch the tourists

and play on the elephant dung.

Twenty breath taking minutes and 300 shots later,

as the sun neared the horizon,

our driver alerted other vehicles

in the reserve of our sighting.

 

 

We had seen the work of a local artist,

made contact via Facebook and had one of our photos

converted into to into a charcoal sketch which

now adorns our living room wall.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Surprise

Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk237-Transition

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transition

the process or a period of changing
from one state or condition to another.

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My guess is…

…young adult, teenager and toddler…

…all being herded by Mum.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk237 – Transition

One-Word-Sunday-Flare

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The friendly giraffe was again waiting

near the gate as we set off

on our morning Game Drive.

Kwa Nokeng Lodge

Our first morning in Botswana.

 

 

Mostly these are…

 

…Geelong sunrises…

…or just after sunrise.

The image tags say it is a sunset

over Moorabool Valley.

 

 

 

A frosty morning in the garden.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:  Flare

Cee-BW-Challenge-Nature

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Northern White-Crowned Shrike

sighted in

Kruger National Park

South Africa

Sighted in our garden…a male

Superb Fairy Wren

Lilac Breasted Roller

in Botswana’s

Okavango Delta

 

 

Nature taking over this partly built and abandoned house.

Geelong’s fog was the main culprit last week.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Nature

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These almost pre-historic animals

are certainly not in the

emergent category.In fact they are in just the opposite category

in that numbers are declining significantly

each with close to 1,000 being

poached each year.

 

Between 2013 and 2018 (inclusive) Africa lost

(according to Google) 6,979

of these magnificent animals

to poachers (click link for details),

which is why there are now sanctuaries

guarded 24/7 by military sharpshooters.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk232 – Emergent

Lens-Artist-PC-96-Cropping

 

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I have a dislike for…

…spiders.

 

However, I think this is creepier

and it was in our garden.

Crimson Breasted Shrike,

before…

…and after cropping.

 

 

A Kruger National Park

Zebra…..before

….and after cropping and editing.

 

Finally…

Straight out of camera…

 

 

First crop.

I  estimated that horn to be

around three feet in length.

 

 

 

Second crop.

This rhino (and its mates) have

a 24/7 military guard.

The guards have orders to

shoot first and asked questions later.

We did not test the veracity

of this statement!

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Cropping

 

 

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Our Safari Guide……assured us he was only planning

tomorrow’s itinerary.

The Beefeater Guide had plenty of stories to tell

about The Tower of London

 

Our guide (foreground) at the Colosseum

was aware of its history and many

previously unheard of facts.

 

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Awareness

Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk231-Nothing

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Google will tell you that

Botswana’s Lekhubu Island

was once surrounded by water and… 

 …may have looked something like this.

In 2014, however, it was a bare salt pan

devoid of…

 

…of much plant life and even less animal life.

 

Our little island in the desert was

surrounded by nothing…

…almost as far as the eye could see.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk231 – Nothing