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With dreams of Africa again next year,

my Details post comes from where else…Africa.  🙂

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Our first 2013 elephant sighting in

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park…

….did not provide any more detail

than we would note at a zoo.

Even this tusk while showing more detail

is still a cropped effort from a fair distance,

therefore not really good.

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However, upon our arrival at Elephant Whispers,

Tembo, a 6 ton male, helped us out.

Note the eye and lashes.

 

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Not to mentioned the size of

the nail clippers required

to keep his feet manicured.  🙂

By now you have realised he is

on the ground for inspection.

MGW found a warm spot under her hand.

She blushed a bit when told it was

the heat from his testicles.

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Although no-one in our group wore one

many local females (from memory)

were wearing a wrist bracelet

made from elephant tail hair.

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Not a cabbage leaf, rather the rear side Tembo’s ear.

Apparently the flapping of ears

helps with air conditioning the body.

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Note the wear and tear of life on the tusk.

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While  in the area of tusks, this is a sight

I have never before seen, or am likely to see again.

A work colleague of 2013 did not recognise

this view of Tembo’s trunk.

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Want to know how tall an elephant is?

Step 1.   Ask it to lie-down on the ground.

Step 2.   Measure circumference of its front foot.

Multiply circumference by 2.0 and you have

the height of its shoulder from the ground.

Therefore, a 1.5 metre foot circumference is

equal to 3.0 metres tall at the shoulder.

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Elephants have four toes on their front feet,

and only three toes on their rear feet which

are also a very different shape.

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Lots of living showing on the tusks.

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However…

…there were other things to think of

rather than look at all those details

while we were under Tembo’s trunk.

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There seems to be an element of risk

in everyday living these days.

However, it is not every day that one gets…

to pat a cheetah…

…although she sowed some sign

of not being happy with one traveller.

Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant

has some risk involved.

The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

has travellers sailing at a minimum

of 1,400 feet above ground

with only a piece of wire holding things together.

Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.

 

The riskiest part of any flight

is take off and landing.

 

 

And flying over Alaska’s wilds

one always hopes the risk of

engine failure is minimal.

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A highlight of our first African Safari was this.

Standing under Tembo’s head.

Tembo was then a six ton,

thirty year old elephant.

When he was younger he became ill-tempered

just after his mother was killed, or died,

and he had killed six hippopotamus.

With this knowledge it did take some courage

to step in under his trunk and tusks.

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African eyes…

…at Elephant Whispers….

…a cheetah at

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

 

 

Say Hello to ‘Limpy’ the lioness.

So named because she was born

with a malformed foot.

This night while on a game drive

a sharp bend in the track nearly

had our vehicle run over Limpy.

She settle 15-20 feet away, called to her cubs,

then turned and looked at me.

I still get goose bumps all over when I see this image.

No fences, no barrackades,

just mutual trust separated us.

Sadly she had to be put down

in less than twelve months

as she had contracted a contagious disease

of some sort.

R.I.P Limpy

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Eyes

Cee’s Black and White Challenge-Unusual-Perspectives

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Random shots again this week.

A couple of years ago after swinging wide in our drive

I had cause to photograph my car from this angle.

Plastic vs concrete?

  No prizes for guessing which comes off second best.

Breakfast time in the garden.

 

 

My photos invariably end up back in Africa.

I had never seen a tusk so close

prior to our visit to Elephant Whispers.

Nor had I sighted the teeth either.

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge.

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A variety of drinks.Hot and cold drinks abroad The Q Train for

our Wedding anniversary earlier in the year.

I suspect a French breakfast at an Ibis Hotel…last year.

A warm day in Nice called for a cold drink.

 A Sunday morning coffee break was called for…

around 10 AM.

Even though it was raining this  drink was gratefully accepted.

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

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These images were taken at

South Africa’s

Elephant Whispers

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Front foot.

I did have to explain to a colleague what this was.

Hard work deserves a cold drink.

 

When I was much younger, if you were caught

passing on gossip, you were branded a ‘long tongue’.

This adds a whole new meaning to the phrase.

Imagine the tooth ache!

 

And I thought  my toenails were large.

 

Kissable lips?

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The best part of this visit was that none of

the above views prepared us…

for this awesome experience.

All images are of Tembo a 30 year old,

6 ton elephant which killed 6 hippopotamuses

after his mother was killed.

Our Guide raised Tembo for several years.

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