Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Black-and-White
Blacks and Whites today.
I probably have no taste in art at all but l like this
Spiderweb in Canola Crop image…
particularly the BW version.
Too busy? Or about right?
Another I like.
There must be another name for
Red Hot Poker,
but it’s too hot to search.
This looks so refreshing.
This week we are bending in Botswana.
The Okavango Delta is covered with watercourses…
all of which meander through
the low-lying land in of the Delta
Bends in the tracks
If we had not visited Elephant Sands,
in Botswana’s north-east,
I would not have been able to capture this bend.
One Word Photo Challenge-Elephant
One of my favourite subjects.
Meet Tembo, a thirty year old, six ton, elephant
which killed six hippopotamuses
in a fit of rage after his mother was killed/died.
We met Tembo at
in South Africa, 2013.
The following year we journeyed into Botswana
and while out seeking a pride of lions
came upon what our guides described as
‘over 1,000 elephants‘
migrating from A to B in small family groups
of twenty or so animals.
We drove for 4 or 5 kilometres and all we saw
was elephants as far as the eye,
and camera lens, could see.
Something our guides had never previously sighted.
At Elephant Sands we were up close and personal
with these mighty mammals, so rules need to be posted.
That was our accommodation for the night.
I’m sure an irate elephant could push it over fairly easily.
Having a night-cap for the tourists…and the reason for rules.
They came into the waterhole to drink and left
the way the entered the circle of cabins.
Did you ever see an animal looking so contented?
We were told that some German (I think) girls
went to the ‘ladies’ during the night and
walked our to be met by an elephant.
The elephant was not injured in the encounter,
although some of the girls may have been
as they scrambled back to safety
in the toilet block. 🙂
One of my favourite shots from
an island in the Chobe River.
The Chobe River is the dividing line between
Botswana and Namibia…the background.
Now back to the beginning.
Elephant Whispers and Tembo.
Not often we are given an opportunity like this.
And it still irks me to think that some young visitors
could have spoiled it for all by blatantly disobeying the rules.
That is standing still and hands on
Tembo’s legs so he knew we were there…and
so we could feel any of his movements.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Africa take it because
nothing is better than seeing these animals
in their natural environment.
At least that is my/our opinion.
One Word Photo Challenge:Elephant
Which Way Challenge-14-Wk-18
Elephant Sands, North East, Botswana.
A short drive over a sandy track…
brought us to the elephant lodge and the Elephant Rules.
Elephant Rules exist because elephants come to drink at a water bore which is situated a mere twenty metres or so from the dining area and bar.
Around 2200 our South African guide, gallantly offered to escort some German tourists back to their camp site only to look to his left, when nearly there, and see an 5 tonne elephant only 5-10 feet from him.
To say he was surprised would be understating the fact.
Above is the ‘chalet’ in which MGW and I had spent the previous night.
Kind of gives an idea of why there are Elephant Rules.
All accommodation circles the watering point and
elephants need to walk in and out past guest accommodation.
Truly a 5 star experience but our, collective,
accommodation was disappointing.
The new tents look much better.
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In north-east Botswana there is a lodge named Elephant Sands…
where elephants come to drink, not from the muddy pool of water
but from an invitingly fresh, cool, clear bore water bubbling up at this elephant’s feet.
Whether it be mid afternoon, or…
or in the early morning sun, the elephants come,
take turns to drink and quietly leave.
This one left via our ‘chalet’.
Just wish we had been over there.
This photo courtesy MGW.
Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Inviting
A late contribution this week.
To have an animal so strong and yet so gentle drinking only about
twenty metres from us was a fascinating experience
Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Strong