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South Africa

Aug 092016
 

I wonder if it’s enjoying the peace and beauty of the setting sun.  Is it full from a busy day?  Has it had its evening meal?  Is it in its home bush or still on its way?  Such questions to be contemplated.  I think I’ll just enjoy the scene for a bit.

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Mar 252016
 

We arrived at the village in late afternoon.  Some of us met with one of the elder shamans and had a form of life reading from her.  Others waited by the fire for our dinner to be readied.  After a beautiful meal with all the local fare we gathered outside by the fire again.  The dancers formed a line in front with the singers and drummers behind them offering sounds of encouragement.  It was an enchanting, mesmerizing night.

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Sep 232015
 

I arose early, before the sunrise.  It was a short 2 minute walk through the bush to the edge of a very steep cliff drop and a panoramic view of the mountains and horizon beyond.  From there it was just wait and take in natures show.  A magical morning in the Leshiba Wilderness of South Africa.

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Jun 132015
 

So, how could I get a photo of a wild hippo this close with it’s mouth open?  It’s Jessica the hippo and she is somewhat of a celebrity.  Washed up along a river bank as a new born in South Africa after an epic flood, she was taken in by a couple who’s land she washed up on.  They decided to feed her and nurse her to health.  Now, although living wild among other hippos on the river, she continues to live close by her adopted home and wanders up the path many times daily to feed on her preferred treat of cut up sweet potatoes.  We petted her, fed her, and just ogled at her beauty and kind nature.  Maybe it’s Jessica who’s adopted us humans for her own pets.

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Dec 312014
 

So we put a wrap on one year and welcome in another.  For me I know I’m looking forward to a much better year.  One filled with renewed health and much more photography.  It’s been a difficult ’14 with unexpected health issues which I’m still working to alleviate but I’m not without my eternal optimism.  Goodbye 2014.  Hello 2015.

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Oct 082014
 

Don’t you just wonder where they’re going?  I do.  We slowed down a bit for us to say hi but not long enough to have a conversation.  Do they have animal feed?  Some sort of material for housing or a roof?  Is it just compost or garbage hacked away to make space for growing something else?  Whatever it’s for, they sure live a different and more timeless life than I do.  Hard in its own way, but rather nostalgic in one of my more contemplative moods.

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Jul 242014
 

Yes, it’s foggy and quite cool in South Africa.  Not quite my imagination of what Africa is, but now that I’ve seen it, I see it as a lucky break.  What an incredible setting.  We drove up a very rustic road to around 4000 feet to get to the Leshiba Wilderness, set in a valley in the middle of a ominous mountain range.  The place is home to many wild animals and you don’t have to drive on safari to be in and amongst them.  On this cool and blustery afternoon we simply walked down the road and ran into whatever was there.  Coming around a bend in the road, the view opened up to this field of African bush and there they were.  Of course, as soon as they spotted us, they took off running.  They sure are beautiful in the wild.

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Mar 122014
 

I don’t really know why it’s called camp unicorn as I didn’t see any unicorn’s.  It’s located in the northern part of South Africa and is in the middle of many, many acres of land held in trust to protect and help reintroduce the very rare white lion.  We stayed here for a week and took daily excursions into the bush surrounding the encampment to track and make sure the lions were safe.  Quite an experience, indeed.

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Nov 162013
 

After such an incredible time in the South African bush and rural areas, driving into Johannesburg was somehow incongruous; until we arrived at our lodging destination, the wonderful and beautiful “Room with a View”.  Filled with art and antiques with an enticing architectural design it was a haven of beauty and made the journey back into civilization doable.

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Jul 262013
 

There’s a story to this giraffe…  Eight of us traveling in an open-air jeep had reached the main road after leaving Camp Unicorn.  We were discussing what we’d like to see this day and the mighty giraffe was mentioned by most.  As we were set to turn left, we spotted a giraffe on the right, not more than a hundred yards away.  So, we asked our driver to head in its direction and proceeded slowly toward her.  She just kept on eating what leaves she could find in the trees at first.  Then, she started wandering.  We just sat in the jeep in silence and joyfully watched, trying to connect as best we could.  We weren’t more than 20 yards away.  Then, as it seemed she was walking away, she turned and walked toward us.  She stopped in a small clearing, looked right at us, and bowed.  She stayed that way for a few seconds, clearly not eating, got up and walked away.  We were stunned and awe struck.  What an honor.  A true connection with the natural world.  We turned around and drove away feeling blissed and blessed.

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