SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Seeking-Warmth

 

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In early April

Melbourne looked

cold and gloomy.

Temperatures have not improved

as we head into winter.

This time last year we were preparing

for a Canadian/Alaskan June.

The weather was beautiful.

Even falling snow on the Columbia Icefields

did not dampen our spirits.

 

Although it was September 2013,

…this hyena greeted us as we left our camp for

a long day of travelling in heat forecast

to reach 39 degrees Celsius.

We are nearly ready to begin a twelve month

countdown to our next African Safari.

Considering our destinations range from 25-28 degree south,

I am already dreaming of warmer weather and sunshine.

Geelong’s latitude is 38 degrees south

so we should be quite a bit warmer.

Although no photos we also had

a family brunch on Saturday morning

to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Seeking-Warmth

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Due to my shocking colour sense I am not

going to focus on colour wheels rather on how well 

the earthy tones of some of South Africa’s

flora and fauna harmonise.

I may be stretching the definition of harmonising

however I was surprised at how

such large (and small) animals

could ‘lose’ themselves in this environment. 

For the record there is

three giraffes here.

Our first and only pride of lions. 

The pride which camps on the road

until tourists hear about them.

If you were thinking of capturing the lioness

in the foreground you would also need

to contend with four others in this shot

and the male sitting on the

other side of the road.

From the large to the small.

I am calling this a Quail of sorts.

Goggle was unhelpful.

Fairly well camouflaged to my eyes.

A better image also from

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Harmony

 

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There seems to be an element of risk

in everyday living these days.

However, it is not every day that one gets…

to pat a cheetah…

…although she sowed some sign

of not being happy with one traveller.

Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant

has some risk involved.

The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

has travellers sailing at a minimum

of 1,400 feet above ground

with only a piece of wire holding things together.

Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.

 

The riskiest part of any flight

is take off and landing.

 

 

And flying over Alaska’s wilds

one always hopes the risk of

engine failure is minimal.

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FOWChallenge-Track

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African tracks.

Most of the time our track travelled was empty.


Other times it was blocked momentarily.

 


Then there were these tracks.

Just a reminder that Australia was not

the only country with snakes.

I preferred these tracks.

Elephant footprint I think.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Track

Cee-BW-Challenge-Cute

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During my working life I have come into contact

with many (sheep dog) pups…all of which

have a cute factor about them.

Candi did not take long to settle into

Number 2 Son’s arms.

He may have had a head start as

she was a Christmas or birthday gift

from him and daughter-in-law to me.

I have never seen an ugly Labrador

at this stage of its life.

Taji still loves to be handled and

given some rough play.

 

However……

I think my all time favourite ‘cutes’ are

the several hundred photos I have

of ‘Nosy’ and ‘Rosy’ and Mum Limpy

on our last night in Africa 2013.

At 6-8 weeks old what more would a cub do

but munch on elephant dung

while watching tourists.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Cute

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FOWChallenge-Corpse

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Depending on which definition/dictionary you read,

a corpse is primarily that of a human and not animal. 

However some definitions contain both human and animal. 

Not having many photos of animal corpses

and none of a human corpse, 

I have opted for the animal variety.

Part of an elephant skeleton

judging by its size and teeth.

Not all that difficult to find skeletal remains

scattered around the African countryside.

And I think that mound in the water

was a recently alive hippopotamus.

I was more interested getting past it

than taking a close look.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Corpse