FOWChallenge-Prodigious

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prodigious

remarkably or impressively great in extent,
size, or degree.

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Forty-seven years ago this month 

I purchased this painting in Alice Springs.

The Northern Territory’s

Ormiston Gorge

was one of the

late Henk Guth’s

favourite subjects.

However, Guth was a prodigious artist,

probably painting this in 30 minutes,

and this is probably worth little more

than the $150 I paid for it,

even though the artist died in 2002.

For me it is priceless.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Prodigious

FOWChallenge-Patriarch

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patriarch

a system of society or government in which
the father or eldest male is head of the family
and descent is reckoned through the male line.

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An elephant family is just the opposite

of this definition of patriarch.

The two smallest elephants in this group

may or may not be male.

The rest would be female with the matriarch

usually being the largest in the group.

Male elephants are sent packing to live

with other bachelors at around

three years of age.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Patriarch

Lens-Artist-PC-109-Under-the-Sun

 

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Mostly under African sun today.

Soon to be a setting sun over Namibia…

…and Botswana’s Chobe River.

Waiting on Chobe River for

sundown over Namibia.

Nearing sundown in

Greater Kruger National Park

 

Under Geelong Winter Sun.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Under-the-Sun

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Under-the-Sun

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Under-the-Sun

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Under-the-Sun

 

Tuesday-PC-Wk183-Sunset

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Mostly Geelong sunsets with

a few others variety.

Sunset over Namibia,

Chobe River,

Botswana, 2014.

Geelong sunset.

Our first sunset for 2019.

Geelong sunset.

Geelong sunset.

Alaskan sunset, 2018

Alaskan sunset, 2018.

From memory the Alaskan sunsets

were taken around midnight.

South African sunset, 2013

Sunset from the Sky Tower

Auckland

New Zealand

Geelong sunset

Point Lonsdale Pier

and Lighthouse

at sunset.

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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-Tender-Moments

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From all over this week.

Not sure if this is a ‘tender moment’ or

a power play in the

Chobe National Park,

Botswana.

I choose to believe it is the former.

Mother gently reminding the family to keep up

in Geelong Wetland..

Horse and handler in Victoria,

British Columbia,

Canada.

My final tender moment at

the Port of Vancouver.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Tender-Moments

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-December-Words

December Words


  I could not think of anything more…

sagacious . 

This one is the South African Pearlspotted Owl

if my memory and Google research are any good.

     Whether your focus is on the statue

or the wall behind, both are created by

humans but are…non-human      

 

       I have been told that this is not a very good

image, however, I think it

a great (decent??) portrayal,

in  abstract, of a spring downpour. 

The colour may not suit your walls but that

can be fixed with a couple of clicks of the mouse.

    

When we visited Pompeii…      I was expecting see some of

the more iconic remains. 

These plaster cast remains of

the population which lived in Pompeii

were the only ones on display.

 

Call me ghoulish if you wish…

however, in my youth I did want to be

an archaeologist. 

The link below will take you to a

Google search with images which

I had hoped to see of Pompeii’s remains.

Click here to see what I am referring to at Pompeii.

 

Our very own star…

…puts on some stellar performances

at either end of the day.

Here the sun is setting on Namibia

and Botswana’s Chobe River.

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Thursday’s Special: December-Words

Cee-Black-White-Bathrooms-Outhouses

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge:

Bathrooms-Outhouses.

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Wasn’t sure if I had pictures for today’s challenge…and then…

kharma_0024I remembered the temporary loos at

Kharma Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana.

When we visited all public areas were temporary

as the main building had burned down a few months earlier.

The rhinos, and other animals who chose to call the sanctuary home

have a twenty-four hour military guard.

No wonder all appeared very relaxed.

bath-maun_N1765Next we have the outdoor bathroom at tented camp near Maun.

Just right of the photo is the main tent.

Biggest problem with this bathroom was the cold breeze

blowing up through the floor.

I get chilly just thinking about it!

And with no roof…it was a very quick shower.

Although after no shower the night before

and the next six nights with community facilities,

up to one hundred metres from our camp site,

this was heaven.

chobe_1266Then we arrived at Chobe Lodge…

chobe_1267with more room in the bathroom area

than we had in our two person tents.

Oh! The Joy!

At last there was again,

room to swing a cat. 😉

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Cee’s Black & White: Bathrooms-Outhouses

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