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African eyes…

…at Elephant Whispers….

…a cheetah at

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

 

 

Say Hello to ‘Limpy’ the lioness.

So named because she was born

with a malformed foot.

This night while on a game drive

a sharp bend in the track nearly

had our vehicle run over Limpy.

She settle 15-20 feet away, called to her cubs,

then turned and looked at me.

I still get goose bumps all over when I see this image.

No fences, no barrackades,

just mutual trust separated us.

Sadly she had to be put down

in less than twelve months

as she had contracted a contagious disease

of some sort.

R.I.P Limpy

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Eyes

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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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A very young Maggie sleeping off a hangover. 

A bottle of cooking wine had been emptied

on the ground to get rid of it. 

Maggie thought it a waste. 

She reeked! 🙂

Not a safari shot. 

There was a bout four inches of glass

between subject and photographer.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Snooze

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I have ave opted for wildlife again today,

though mostly big cats this time.Our last excursion (in 2013) was to Tshukudu Lodge,

about twenty minutes from our base at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

We were greeted by this cheetah.

She is wild, feeds herself and

was not around for the next group.

Although…

after a hard morning of modelling and

having her ears patted

she followed us back to the Lodge

where she availed herself of

refreshments from the pond.

A local kudu up close.

This cheetah was at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.

Have you noticed the pearly white?

Leading the really big cats is Limpy

who was/is my favourite lioness.

She died just under twelve months after this was taken.

 

The King presiding over his pride, which…

blocking the road when first sighted.

 

How many lions can  you see?

Okay, take my photo, but I am not smiling.

By the way there is at least 6 of us in the photo above.

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More ‘detail’ photos in my

Photo a Week Challenge, this week

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Only found this challenge on Sunday.

Could not resist joining especially with

Animals as this week’s challenge.

 

Travelled all the way to Botswana’s

Chobe National Park to be blurted at by a giraffe.

International travel African style.

Crossing the Chobe River from

Botswana into Namibia.

Because this fellow was on a river bank,

we did not take much notice of him.

 

This was a different story though.

Not a happy local.

Our first, and to date our only pride of lions

sighted relaxing on a road well-travelled.

 

This shot gave me goose bumps on my arms.

Limpy, a lame lioness, was only

about 15 feet from our open vehicle.

She appeared to be looking down my camera lens

straight in to my eye.

That’s one of her cubs  having fun with mum’s tail below.

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Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Animals-in-Nature

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I have been on the receiving end of a dog

suddenly woken from its slumber.Now only done to dogs I know very well.

 


I would be more than circumspect in wakening

‘The King’ from his slumbers.


But there is no way on earth I would wake the man

who  drove all day minus a map, or GPS,

and had to drive us on further tomorrow,

from his slumber.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Slumber

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The only thing we all agreed upon during

our European tour was that it was rushed.

While we visited many sites we wanted to see

and had priority access…

there were many other who also had

priority access also which made our visit

a shoulder to shoulder affair.

We soon found ourselves watching a flag,

similar to this one.

Stopping to take a photo often meant

losing contact with our group.

Yes, it was rushed, at times

but thoroughly enjoyable.

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