Lens-Artist-PC-103-Surprise

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Towards the end of our first day

in Kruger National Park…

…our driver received a message which lead us to

what I call my National Geographic shot.

So called because it is where I thought it

most likely to see such a shot…

 

…and also because I imagined that such an image

would require much patience

and luck to capture.

 

 

On our final morning at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

we were woken by the sound of

breaking tree branches.

Upon looking outside into the darkness

I noticed this passerby, probably heading

for the water hole.

More surprising was the fact that it was only

this image which made me realise the there was only

a three foot six inch high fence

separating us from wildlife.

 

The following year another surprise

at Botswana’s Elephant Sands.

While at breakfast we noticed this elephant

wandering past last night’s accommodation.

We wondered how many other had

wandered past during the night.

Elephant Sands is a water hole which elephants come

to drink at any time of day or night.

As with all animals there were more

at night than during the day.

Some of the accommodation can bee seen

in the background for the record my camera

lens was set at 55 mm for this shot.

 

 

Back to 2013 and our last evening at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

We were offered one last surprise game drive.

About half an hour into the drive the message

came through of a sighting…at

the other end of the reserve.

 

 

 

Long story short.

Mother Limpy watched on while

Nosy and Rosy (our nicknames for the cubs)

came to within twenty-five feet of our

vehicle to watch the tourists

and play on the elephant dung.

Twenty breath taking minutes and 300 shots later,

as the sun neared the horizon,

our driver alerted other vehicles

in the reserve of our sighting.

 

 

We had seen the work of a local artist,

made contact via Facebook and had one of our photos

converted into to into a charcoal sketch which

now adorns our living room wall.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Surprise

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It could be said that

…I cheated a bit with this image.

With maximum shadow applied, an

almost a fifty-fifty light and dark is created,

This edit makes yesterday’s scene appear

more like a Hollywood battlefield scene

than it did in reality.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:  Light-Dark

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Northern White-Crowned Shrike

sighted in

Kruger National Park

South Africa

Sighted in our garden…a male

Superb Fairy Wren

Lilac Breasted Roller

in Botswana’s

Okavango Delta

 

 

Nature taking over this partly built and abandoned house.

Geelong’s fog was the main culprit last week.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Nature

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Short things from all over.

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African Dung beetle has a load

which is taller than it is.

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Stamen and leaves win the

height battle over the bee.

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A baby which is bigger than most,

but still has many years to go

before it can look mum in the eye.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Short-Things

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Long-Things

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Long things from all over.

Burj Khalifa,

Dubai.

Rocky Mountaineer…front end.

Rocky Mountaineer…back end

 

Just had to include the tallest animal

in Africa.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Long-Things

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I have a dislike for…

…spiders.

 

However, I think this is creepier

and it was in our garden.

Crimson Breasted Shrike,

before…

…and after cropping.

 

 

A Kruger National Park

Zebra…..before

….and after cropping and editing.

 

Finally…

Straight out of camera…

 

 

First crop.

I  estimated that horn to be

around three feet in length.

 

 

 

Second crop.

This rhino (and its mates) have

a 24/7 military guard.

The guards have orders to

shoot first and asked questions later.

We did not test the veracity

of this statement!

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Cropping

 

 

A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Vacation-2020

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This year we had planned another African Safari, in June.

However, our sighting the zebra crossing…

…the leopard sleeping…

 

…lion cubs at play…

 

…or the pride at rest is no longer on our 2020 agenda.

I just hope everything is back to normal in 2021.

 

 

In 2016 we travelled to the northern hemisphere

where we discovered black lion statues.

We decided that the lions above were

nearly as interesting as their cousins

in previous photos, particularly as we had

been reading books in which they featured.

This lion in a rock was a bonus

which neither of us had heard.

In 2018 we discovered these lions guarding a bridge

which is an entrance to a park named

after the16th Earl of Derby

on the North American continent, in a west coast city,

in a country which had not fought

a war of independence.

In 2017 while visiting the

Western Front Battlefields

of World War I…

 

…I came upon two more lions guarding this Gate.

These lions, gifted to Australia after World War I,

were temporarily returned for

World War I Centenary Clebrations.

I was lucky to capture these images as the lions

were being returned to Canberra in November 2017.

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The word lion/s and some nearby text in Google

will find the location if I have been too vague.  🙂

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A Photo a Week Challenge:  Vacation-2020

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WeeklyPrompts-PC-What-is-it?

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Didn’t think I would be up for

this weekend’s challenge….

however, here goes….


An all-in-one air conditioner

and listening device,

 

I showed this image to a work colleague

of the day, thinking it easy to decipher.

For my troubles, I received an indignant

‘What is it?’    🙂

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:  What-is-it?

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