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Old trees…

…with broken/fractured limbs.

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Wheel of all types.

Royal wheels.

 

 

Trailer wheels.

 

Bicycle wheels.

Rent-a-Bike wheels.

A seven foot diameter fly wheel

from an old stone crushing plant.

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Whenever I think of, or hear,

the word ‘loss’….

…my mind immediately thinks of where

most of my departed family now rest. 

And in what is obviously a small

country cemetery there are also many

memories surrounding those who are not

family in the strictest sense of the word.

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  The male Southern Masked Weaver

builds a nest for its beloved. 

He pays attention to details because

his future bride will pull it to pieces

if the nest is not up to her standard. 

Future father weaver commences all over again.  

Father lion allowed his wives and children

to rest on the other side of the road. 

Apparently this is an unusual sight,

seeing the male and female ostrich together. 

Less than 10 percent of nests survive

the 9 weeks of laying and incubation. 

Of those that do survive only fifteen percent

of chicks survive to one year of age.

However, if an ostrich can survive to adulthood,

they are expected to live 40-45 years in the wild

and over 60 years in captivity.

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Islands.   

My first thoughts were of Australia

because of its status as the island continent. 

New Zealand was a fast finishing second

because we visited in 2018.However, I opted for Lekhubu Island which is located

somewhere in the Sua (or Sowa) Salt Pan

in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana’s

Kalahari Desert.  

Lekhubu Island has two main features.   

First, it rises above the surrounding salt pans by a few metres. 

Second, is its Baobab trees


 And possibly third, it appeared to have

a clear horizon for 360 degrees.

Several photos have been roughly stitched together

to form this panoramic shot of

our drive into Lekhubu Island.

 

 

 

The salt pans dried up several thousand years ago.

Back then the scene may have looked a bit like this.

However, according to Google there is still water

in these pans during the summer wet  season.

We visited in September.

The drive over the pan lasted several hours.

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