One Word Photo Challenge-Journey

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My

Journey

 Challenge

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Whenever we…
have travelled…

across international borders…

a passport has been required.

However, if you are an…

African elephant…

 all you need do is find that shallow part of the river…

and you can walk from Botswana to Namibia

to complete your journey.

 

It can become a bit of a hazard…

if your legs are short.

These photos are a compilation…

of two river crossing we sighted…

while in Botswana.

It was interesting to watch the leader…

change course in mid stream and I can only assume

it/they were following the shallowest path.

Equally amazing…

was watching the older elephants…

take care of the very little in the family…

ensuring they also had a safe crossing.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Journey

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One Word Photo Challenge-Glue

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Glue.

Towards the end…

of our first African Safari…

we all agreed… that it was sights like these…

which held Africa’s tourist trade…

in place.

In essence, these sights were the ‘glue’…

for without these sightings to see and photograph…

Africa’s tourist trade would fall dramatically.

Which is why poaching of any description,

or trade in the products of these animals, must cease.

In my opinion and that of others as well.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Glue

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge:

Letters-E-or-F

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A few years ago, 2014, to be precise…

 we had a day trip to Victoria Falls.

On our home journey,

at the Zimbabwe and Botswana border crossing

I thought I had lost my passport between

the Zimbabwe and Botswana check points.

After a five to ten minute delay…I found my passport

in my pocket (oops!)…we were on our way again.

  

Hardly had we commenced than we sighted this

family of elephants trying to find a break in the traffic

so they could get to the river for a drink.


Not one person thanked me for delaying our trip

so that we were able to capture this sight.  

All they could think of was me and my lost passport.  

One bloke among five women!!!

MGW…was leading the charge.  

I had no hope 😀  😀  😀  

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Letters-E-or-F

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One Word Photo Challenge-Elephant

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Elephant

One of my favourite subjects.

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Meet Tembo, a thirty year old, six ton, elephant

which killed six hippopotamuses

in a fit of rage after his mother was killed/died.

elephant_0232We met Tembo at

Elephant Whispers

in South Africa, 2013.


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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.

elephant_0048At Elephant Sands we were up close and personal

with these mighty mammals, so rules need to be posted.

elephant-h-1That was our accommodation for the night.

I’m sure an irate elephant could push it over fairly easily.

elephant_0294Having a night-cap for the tourists…and the reason for rules.

 

elephant_1371They came into the waterhole to drink and left

the way the entered the circle of cabins.

elephant_0193Did 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. 🙂

elephant_0337One of my favourite shots from

an island in the Chobe River.

The Chobe River is the dividing line between

Botswana and Namibia…the background.

elephant_0385bNow 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.

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 One Word Photo Challenge:Elephant

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Harmony

 

 

 

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Harmony

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I have been out most of the day and begin

with a couple or re-posts.maggie_0800

The harmony of  our backyard is severely strained when

anything, or one, tries to come between Maggie and her food.

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It’s moments like this which can also stretch a friendship.

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These oxpeckers live happily on giraffes.

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The harmony and discipline witnessed, and read about,

within an elephant families is adorable.

Apologies if you are getting tired of my elephant photos.

I think they are one of Africa’s most gorgeous, gentle animals.

Although there are times when they have told us

they are not happy to see us.

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