After being nearly run over by
our Safari vehicle…
…Limpy wasted no time in telling her brood to
keep out of the way of crazy Safari drivers.
Limpy’s roar did not compare to this bloke.
However, the winner came about 12 months later
when, a little after 10PM we had just adjourned
to our sleeping bags and tents when an
almighty roar quietened all other night life.
The treat I want to share this week is
our last African game drive in
the first week of October 2013.
There wasn’t supposed to be a drive the last day,
however, we were treated to one and
it was one I will never forget.
Limpy (she had a deformed foot) and
her six week old cubs were the stars.
At six weeks the cubs were ready…
…to play with anything…
Go and play with the tourists instead of my tail.
Nosy obligingly heads off…
…for some tourist watching.
Rosy is a bit shy.
Our intrepid explorer keeps on coming…
…until he comes upon some elephant dung…
…which smells delightful and tastes even better.
Rosy joins Nosy now that Nosy is safe.
Don’t they look regal upon their throne?
Put on a show for the tourists?
Let’s show them how tough we are.
And so began…
…their play fight.
…more play than fight.
Twenty minutes and nearly 300 photos later
as the sun was close to the horizon,
we departed this site.
Upon arriving back in Australia
we contacted a South African
artist whose work we admired and
he drew one of my photos.
Now have a constant reminder of that
experience on the wall in our living room.
Sadly in September 2014 Limpy was euthanized
by local veterinarians as she had contracted a
contagious disease of some description.
Yellow Hornbills having a chat.
And this pair came and said hello,
welcomed us to their neck of the woods
and left a welcoming gift on my backpack.
Camellias on a bush.
Friendly baristas in amsterdam.
Photographer and model
Labrador and Kelpie pups.
A pair of horns.
My first mask thought was towards…
…the muzzles we are now wearing in public.
Next was thoughts of mask seen in Africa.
The first being this….
…Southern Masked Weaver.
This fertility mask adorned the wall
of our accommodation during
our last week in Africa in 2013.
During a long dry spell our backyard quickly turns
from lush green grass to dry and dusty
with only the occasional weed providing
…a South African dry creek bed,
finalise today’s contributions.
As much as I would love to be able to
take some portraits/people shots
I prefer nature, landscapes.
At least nature, landscapes cannot
critique one’s work or object
to it being displayed.
The best image after waiting,
in near sub-zero temperatures,
for a heavy fog to clear.
Northern White Crowned Shrike
Sighted in South Africa, 2013.
One of my all time favourite images
Dawn on Corio Bay
Earlier this year I managed to capture this image.
My focus was on a rising sun to the left.
For some reason I glanced right and had
a far better sight to capture than the ho hum
sunrise it turned out to be.
Technically probably not the best photo,
however, I think it is very close
to the top of my favourites list.
These are some of the sights which inspire me
to roll out that bit earlier or stay out later.
Arras Bell Tower (France)
Face of surprise as the dancer’s foot
broke through the floor
Happy faces at
Sausage Tree Safari Camp
Smiling face of belly dancer at
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.