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Mar 112016
 

So many street vendors are loud and aggressive in hope of selling their wares.  Not this old timer.  He was always calm and composed.  I watched him from across the street for some time while sipping on Egyptian coffee.  The coffee here is dark and muddy and good, but that’s another story.  In the street’s of Aswan, there wasn’t a more composed man than this one.

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Mar 122015
 

Upon arrival at our hotel in Giza, a friend and I immediately went exploring.  We walked up the hill toward the pyramids we could see the tops of and Wow!  What a sight!  We found someone who could lead us out through the gate.  Yes, it’s highly regulated yet anything can be negotiated with a bit cash.  We were both extremely excited and in awe of the grandeur of what we saw.  This is one of the first unobstructed views we had.

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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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Aug 292014
 

The market area of Aswan is old and disheveled.  Bricks have fallen off old buildings.  Streets are mostly dirt.  But it does bustle with people and commerce and life.  Most necessary items can be bought there; as well as many trinkets and unnecessary things.  But, one thing comes without a price.  And that is friendship and camaraderie and lively conversation.  I wonder what they’re talking about.

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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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May 262014
 

It was quite a day.  We ferried across the Nile from Luxor, then rode in vans to the temple in the Valley of the Kings.  A grand spectacle  After spending time in and around the temple itself, along with some others, of course, I wanted to do a bit of wandering.  There was a trail leading up into the rocky hillside above the temple grounds.  Perfect.  I love a heightened perspective.  If not with a group I could have wandered for hours around here.  It was so moving some of us chose to come back at dawn the next day.

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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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Jan 082014
 

Wow!  What an adventure this was.  We started out at the remote St. Catherine’s monastery.  After settling into our preferred mode of transport to the top, we set off.  Personally, I chose to hike up.  I would be more free to take photos and if it was good enough for Moses….  The camels could go about 3/4 of the way up and then everyone had to hike.  We arrived at the summit in time for some singing and prayer before watching the sun go down.  The hike back down was incredible in the intense silence and dark, with one of the clearest and brightest skies I’ve ever seen.  Without a flashlight we had to be a bit careful, but the stars lit up our path just enough.

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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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