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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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Scenery from our travels.

The

Million Dollar View

at

Banff Fairmont Springs Hotel.

 

Mount Ruapehu

Tongariro National Park

New Zealand.

 

Drakensburg Mountains,

South Africa

I think this is Sulphur Mountain

overlooking

Banff’s Main Street

Canada

 

A view from

Rocky Mountaineer

Train Ride

to Vancouver.

 

Finally, a genuine

Victorian sunrise

over

Corio Bay,

Geelong.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Scenic

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Burke’s Luck Potholes…

 

 

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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve…

 

Moremela,

South Africa

Definitely worth including

in your itinerary…

 

…if visiting Kruger National Park.

 

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Potholes

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For its animals Africa is by far our

favourite destination for a holiday.


 To see these gentle giants in their natural environment…

 

 

…and at times relatively up close and personal,

makes for a wonderful experience.

 

However, upon seeing this sight at any foreign airport

is the most heartwarming feeling of all.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Happiest-at-Home

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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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The friendly giraffe was again waiting

near the gate as we set off

on our morning Game Drive.

Kwa Nokeng Lodge

Our first morning in Botswana.

 

 

Mostly these are…

 

…Geelong sunrises…

…or just after sunrise.

The image tags say it is a sunset

over Moorabool Valley.

 

 

 

A frosty morning in the garden.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:  Flare

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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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