Lens-Artist-PC-54-Detail

 

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With dreams of Africa again next year,

my Details post comes from where else…Africa.  🙂

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Our first 2013 elephant sighting in

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park…

….did not provide any more detail

than we would note at a zoo.

Even this tusk while showing more detail

is still a cropped effort from a fair distance,

therefore not really good.

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However, upon our arrival at Elephant Whispers,

Tembo, a 6 ton male, helped us out.

Note the eye and lashes.

 

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Not to mentioned the size of

the nail clippers required

to keep his feet manicured.  🙂

By now you have realised he is

on the ground for inspection.

MGW found a warm spot under her hand.

She blushed a bit when told it was

the heat from his testicles.

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Although no-one in our group wore one

many local females (from memory)

were wearing a wrist bracelet

made from elephant tail hair.

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Not a cabbage leaf, rather the rear side Tembo’s ear.

Apparently the flapping of ears

helps with air conditioning the body.

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Note the wear and tear of life on the tusk.

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While  in the area of tusks, this is a sight

I have never before seen, or am likely to see again.

A work colleague of 2013 did not recognise

this view of Tembo’s trunk.

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Want to know how tall an elephant is?

Step 1.   Ask it to lie-down on the ground.

Step 2.   Measure circumference of its front foot.

Multiply circumference by 2.0 and you have

the height of its shoulder from the ground.

Therefore, a 1.5 metre foot circumference is

equal to 3.0 metres tall at the shoulder.

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Elephants have four toes on their front feet,

and only three toes on their rear feet which

are also a very different shape.

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Lots of living showing on the tusks.

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However…

…there were other things to think of

rather than look at all those details

while we were under Tembo’s trunk.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Detail

 

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Lens-Artist-PC-53-My-Choice

 

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First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.

Sorry.

I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.

 

Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.

 

Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice

 

FOWChallenge-Aquarium

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aquarium

a transparent tank of water in which live fish and other water creatures and plants are kept.
a building containing tanks of live fish of different species.

My images are not exactly aquarium images…

 …but they all show fish…

 

…in water.

Looking through a glass bottom boat on

the Great Barrier Reef,

near Cairns in Queensland

is probably the closest I have to an aquarium shot.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Aquarium

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Three

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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.

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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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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Daddy

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daddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive,
or most respected person or thing of a certain kind.

Possibly it is not correct to call this elephant

the big daddy of the family…

…even though it is the largest and most respected of the family.

Why?

Because elephants run in matriarchal families

Male elephants stay with the family unit until

they reach 13-14 years of age, when puberty sets in.

 When they leave they either roam alone or find some

other males and may form a bachelor herd.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Daddy