This week, all my images relate to

those wandering giants of Africa


An elephant’s air conditioner.

The back of their ear.


Several of my work colleagues at the time

did not have any idea what this was/is.

A fly swatter.

The elephant’s tail.


Teeth and tongue




The first time I saw this sight it was twilight.

I opened our front door and spied

what appeared to be a large spider

crawling up the outside of our door,

which was now inside our house.

My attempt at brushing one large spider

outside created another 20 (at least)

mini spiders crawling around my feet.

It was not until I sighted his spider that

I realised what had happened

that twilight night.



I will never forget my next two

weird and wonderful experiences.

The morning we left South Africa in 2013,

I was awoken, at 0500, by sounds of timber breaking

outside our Sausage Tree Safari Camp tent.

In the gloom, I spied an elephant making

it’s way to the waterhole, I presume.

The fence in the foreground was keeping us apart.


A similar experience occurred in

Botswana’s Okavango Delta in 2014.

However, the was no fence to keep

wildlife and tourists apart.

We were sharing the same camping ground.

To make matters more interesting,

the following night we had just turned in

for the night when a passing lion let out a roar

which not only quietened all other wildlife

but made the MGM lion sound like a kitten.

We found a huge footprint in the sand

the following morning.

It was 20-30 metres from our campsite,

however, the shower block was

another 20-30 metres further on.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Weird-and-Wonderful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Weird-and-Wonderful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Weird-and-Wonderful

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Weird-and-Wonderful






Size is relative…is it not?

Mother and her offspring. 

Still, the baby elephant may weigh

several hundred kilograms.

A tiny dung beetle with

a relatively large ball of dung.


Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk218 – Tiny



I just drooled when I saw today’s Word of the Day.

Followers will know…

…that I am not short of…


…elephant photos.

Swimming elephants.



Elephants wandering past our accommodation.

Who knows how many passed by during the night.



Thirsty elephants on

The Okavango Delta.


Word of the Day Challenge: Elephant








Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Animals



Some of animal and bird sightings

in Africa.

Warthog…Botswana Rhino Sanctuary

Hyena…outside camp in Kruger National Park.

The first sighting of many that day.

A Zebra crossing…Kruger National Park


African Starling…Kruger National Park

So much pettier than its

Australian cousins.

African Pearl Spotted Owl.

Kruger National Park

African Harrier Hawk…Kruger National Park

Impala…Kruger National Park

King of the Pride…Kruger National Park

Unlikely to be boss, though.

Friends for life…Chobe National Park, Botswana.




Crimson Breasted Shrike…Botswana

Hornbill in Okavango Delta Camp…Botswana

Painted Wild Dog in Okavango Delta Camp…Botswana

Posers…Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana

Leopard in Okavango Delta…Botswana

Finally, the totally unexpected animal sighted in Africa.

Although after passing through a few Kalahari villages

we did get used to seeing donkeys.








Some outdoor scenes

from Botswana.

Sunset at Lekhubu Island.


Our campsite at Lekhubu Island.




During a game drive from one of our Okavango Delta camps

we came across these elephants.

Our guides estimated we sighted

over 1,000 elephants that day.

Simply fascinating.

Our flight over The Okavango Delta…

…was equally as fascinating…



…as our game drives.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Three


African threes this week.

The Matriarch


A road block…and two sets of threes

Zebras really know how to posse for tourists.


Three mongoose, or should that be mongeese?

On watch.






As always size is relative.

Mother and big baby, with a real baby

added courtesy of Photoshop.

Baby, baby elephant would still weigh

between 100-200 kg (220-440 lbs). 

At birth they weigh around 90 kg/200 pounds


An African Dung Beetle.

Agapanthus flowers consist of many smaller flowers.

Bees can still fit inside these smaller flowers,

brushing tiny stamen to ensure pollen

is carried to and received from,

other plants.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Small-Subjects