FOWChallenge-Austere

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austere

(of living conditions or a way of life)
having no comforts or luxuries.
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Some of our accommodation

was described as rustic…

…which is probably not quite austere,

but very close to it.

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Fandango’s One-Word Challenge:…Austere

WeeklyPrompts-PC-Ruffin’-It

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Our 2014 Botswana Safari was the last time

we came near to ruffin it.   

We soon discovered that connecting to the internet

in the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta

was not going to happen.

 

Instead we once again discovered the joys

of sitting and eating around a campfire,

sleeping in tents, without any connection

to family and friends via social media networking.

However, even on our rough trip

our guide acted as cook.

We all commented on how nice it was

to spend 7 nights around a campfire.

Upon arriving at Chobe we once again

were able to access the outside world

via our social media connections.

Conversation died a quick death as

all eyes were fixated on our devices.

So much for ruffin’ it  🙂

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Ruffin’ It

Sunday-Stills-Great-Outdoors

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I have included a few things to do

in and around Geelong

just in case borders are closed suddenly.

 

Visit the Otway Rainforest near Geelong

Lekhubu Island and its ancient Baobab trees

on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.

 

Sunrise at Botswana’s Lekhubu Island

 

Rise early to enjoy sunrise at Geelong

Go on an African Safari

 

Enjoy an a Down Under sunset near Geelong

 

Cruise into Glacier Bay and view Alaska’s

Margerie Glacier

Explore the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre

From Fairbanks take a Chenna River Cruise

Fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot…

…coach to small community…

 

…of Wiseman inside the Arctic Circle.

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Sunday-Stills-Great-Outdoors

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Lens-ArtistPC-152-Shadow-and-Shade

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Seeing out the rest of its days

in the shade of an old gum tree.

Where sheep can be found during

the hottest part of a summer day.

Botswana’s Kalahari Scrub Robin

casting a shadow much larger

than its actual size.

 

A Geelong Church which has been

converted to a car dealership.

No more shadows because

the tree has been demolished.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Shadow-&-Shade

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Shadow-&-Shade

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Smaller-Bread-Box-or-Bin

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This week I have chosen birds which are all,

according to Google, smaller than a breadbox

which are usually about 16 inches wide

by 8 to 9 inches high and deep ,

or 40cm x 20cm x 20cm.


I would have thought the

Northern White Crowned Shrike

was considerably smaller than its

Crimson Breasted cousin.

However, at 19-23 cm long and

tipping the scales between

42 to 58 grams it more than

holds its place with its cousin.

The Crimson Breasted Shrike

is a smaller bird than I remembered it to be.

Measuring 23cm in length and

weighing 40-57 grams it is roughly

the same size as the

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

 

The Kalahari Scrub Robin

measures only 16 cm in length and

weighs between 17 and 23g 

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

At 14 cm, or 5.5in, long and weighing

only 8–13 grams (0.28–0.46 oz),

the Superb Fairy Wren

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm 

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Smaller-Than-Bread-Box-or-Bin

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Black_White

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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