FOWChallenge-Orphan

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orphan

a child whose parents are dead

At my Mother’s funeral in 2006,

a friend approached me and said

that we were both orphans, now.

Not something I had thought of

or would have said.

Sadly, this little cub was less than twelve months away

from losing it’s mother when this photo was taken,

making it an orphan in the animal world I suspect.

We never knew if it and its sibling survived.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Orphan

 

 

 

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FOWChallenge-Double

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Two…

…deserts…

 

…double trouble here…

…and sights like this are

in abundance near the coast.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Double

 

 

 

 

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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Lens-Artist-PC-My-Travels

 

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Apologies for the delay with my post,

it has been one of those weeks.

I was also procrastinating about how to approach this challenge

and eventually decided to post some images

from our two safaris in Africa, as I have

posted some of the BW shots on Gurushots

during the week for some fun.

All the hornbills have a stern look about them;

a bit like my Grade 2 teacher used to look. 

Like her they look stern but are fun to have around.

The African  Starling…a far prettier bird than our variety.

Thirsty elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Also still at a Delta camp this

Lilac Breasted Roller posed for us.

Back in South Africa two 6-8 week old lion cubs came

to within twenty-feet of our vehicle.

It was the quietest, but noisiest (cameras)

twenty minutes of our trip.

 

If you are wondering, mum was, she was about 50 metres away…

…no doubt relieved that her tail was no longer

the centre of their attention.

Why Africa? 

At the moment we are in the final stages

of organising another safari for 2020.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: My-Travels

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: My-Travels

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: My-Travels

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: My-Travels

 

Wits-End-Weekly-Prompt-Sequences

 

It was our last night in Africa, 2013.

We had previously met

mother Limpy, but not her cubs.

This evening we were lucky. Playing with Mum’s tail is fun…

especially when I catch it, thought Nosy.

 

 

LImpy thinks otherwise and tells the kids

to go and watch the tourists.

 

Be careful, Nosy , she says as he commences

to stalk the tourists.

Blending in with the foliage he stalks us all the way down to…

…where he takes cover behind some tasty elephant dung.

Rosy soon catches up.

Nosy does want to share his dung and shoves Rosy away.

Rosy…

goes…

rolling…

over…


off the…

pile of elephant…

 

dung, and on to…

some dry grass.

‘Muuuum’ Rosy wails…

‘Nosy pushed me. 

Did you see it, Mum?

Did you?’

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Although some  of the roll may appear

to be the same photo, I assure readers it isn’t. 

In the twenty minutes we were in the company

of those cubs I captured around 300 images. 

Upon arriving back at camp I overheard

one of our fellow travellers commenting

the he had taken nearly 800 photos

during our sixteen day trip. 

I averaged around 800 per day.

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Wits End Weekly Prompt:  Sequences

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Venturesome

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Last night of our 2013 African Safari we met

Limpy and her Cubs.After a few swipes and bites of Mum’s tail

she told Nosy and Rosy to go tourist spotting.

Being a venturesome sort of lion

Nosy made his way down the steep hill carefully

keeping eyes wide open… in case the tourists

he had just spotted

made any sudden move.

Carefully Nosy stalks the tourists.

Rosy panics and scampers back to tell on Nosy.

Meanwhile Nosy has his eyes fixed on a hide…some

elephant dung.

Made it.

 

Doesn’t taste real bad either.

I wonder what those tourists are looking at?

Elephant dung?

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Word of the Day Challenge: Venturesome

Tuesday-PC-Wk135_ Memories

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It was a toss-up but decided to stay in Africa

for my memories post

Scuba diving in Botswana.

 

The longest Rhino horn my eyes have sighted

Our first close encounter with lions.

Not sure who got the biggest shock…our driver or the lioness.

‘Limpy’ as she was known was on the track around a corner

and very nearly was run over.  But she settled

about 15-20 feet away and posed for photos.

A zebra crossing in Kruger National Park.

And last, but by no means least…the cubs.Meet Nosy and Rosy…my name for these two cubs.

Their mother, Limpy, shooed  them down to  watch the strange tourists

on the condition they sat on the elephant dung

which was about 10-15 feet from us.

This was an unexpected, last night, game drive.

We sat in near silence, our cameras clicking away madly.

After about twenty minutes we had to leave as the sun was going down.

A memory we will never forget as we had

an African artist convert one image to a drawing

for our living room wall, so the memory lives on.

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