One-Word-Sunday-Ugly

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ugly

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I would be…

 

…hard pressed…

…to find any beauty…

 

….in these arachnids

although many would disagree.

 

 

Even this one, long embedded in resin

made me jump when I saw how close

it was to my hand.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:...Ugly

 

 

 

 

One-Word-Sunday-Empty

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empty

containing nothing,

not filled or occupied.

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans…

…are located on the North Eastern edge of

Botswana’s Kalahari Desert.

 

We drove for several hours over what appeared

to be empty acres of salt.

 

The only time we knew there was life was when

we sighted some wildlife.

 

Lekhubu Island, our destination,

was a pleasant site on the horizon…

…which only temporarily blocked our view of the emptiness…

 

…all round us.

The emptiness did make for a beautiful sunset…

…followed by an equally beautiful sunrise

in the morning.

 

Packed and ready to go,

we were soon out of salt pans…

…however, apart from the occasional tree

the landscape was still very empty.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:...Empty

 

 

 

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Mountains-Valleys-Nature-Landscapes

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Drakensberg Mountains,

South Africa.

 

The Grampians…the southern end of

Australia’s Great Dividing Range

Two views of…

…Geelong’s

Moorabool Valley.

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After our night at

Botswana’s Lekhubu Island

we headed off to

Maun and the Okavango Delta…

…through the North-East

Kalahari Desert landscape.

 

The almost bare open landscape was…

…interspersed with several

Kalahari Bushmen Villages.

 

Salt Pans on the horizon

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PictureThis-Mountains-Valleys-Nature-Landscapes

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Yellow

Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk231-Nothing

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Google will tell you that

Botswana’s Lekhubu Island

was once surrounded by water and… 

 …may have looked something like this.

In 2014, however, it was a bare salt pan

devoid of…

 

…of much plant life and even less animal life.

 

Our little island in the desert was

surrounded by nothing…

…almost as far as the eye could see.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk231 – Nothing

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Boggle

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boggle

(of a person or their mind) be astonished
or baffled when trying to imagine something.
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Who would have thought in the 1950s…

…that it would be possible to fly

Melbourne to London with only one stop.

I think Air Canada is flying to Vancouver

from Melbourne non stop.

We flew Brisbane to Vancouver a weeks or so

prior to the Melbourne flight commencing.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Boggle

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Turning

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turning

* a place where a road branches off from another.
* the action or skill of using a lathe.
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Following roads/tracks…

…until we come to a turn.

That’s how we…

 

…navigated our way through the section

of the Kalahari Desert we traversed.

Finally, wood turning.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Two-MMs

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A small community in the

Kalahari Desert, Botswana.

A common method of communication. 

Sighted in Coldfoot, Alaska.

 

Flammable materials being disposed of.

 Accommodation in Rondavels

in South Africa’s. 

Kruger National Park

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Two-MMs

Black_White

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Hovel

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hovel

a small squalid or simply constructed dwelling
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A village in….

…the Kalahari Desert.

I have often heard the word ‘hovel’ used

to describe and untidy dwelling or room.

Or, a building which is not as ‘grand’ in

the eyes of the speaker, as he/she thinks it ought to be.

 

 

Tuesday-PC-Wk165-Trail

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There was little more than…

…wheel tracks to lead us across Sua Salt Pan…

 

 

 

…which formed part of Botswana’s

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

and also part of the Kalahari Desert.

 

 

On we drove following a trail of wheel tracks

towards Lekhubu Island surrounded by

little more than salt.

 

 

In fact Sua Pan covers 24,000 square kilometres

and is one of the largest playa lakes in the world.

And while I am certain we did not drive

the widest part there was no sign of civilisation

from whence we came or where we were going.

But our overnight stay at

Lekhubu Island,

surrounded by salt,

was well worth the journey.

 

A snake trail in Greater Kruger National Park.

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