Saturday, July 5, 2014

Major SA Cities

Today I want to share a kind of "visual reality" with regard to the 6 major cities in South Africa & to use only ONE word to describe them. [IF you don't agree OR have another description - feel free to share]




BUSY Johannesburg







FRIENDLY Pretoria







SLEEPY Cape Town







STATELY Pietermaritzburg







STEAMY Durban







WINDY Port Elizabeth



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Predominantly Red


When driving through our country right now, magnificent red flowers are "the order of the day" during these winter months . . .



. . . from the Coral trees along the the Panorama Route (in the Mpumalanga Province) . . .



. . . with its (raptor) claw-like flowers . . .



. . . to the blooming aloes, which can be found all over the country . . .



. . . either "acting" as a frame . .


. . . or representing the "centre piece" . . .



. . . attracting a great variety of insects and birds - other than their aesthetically pleasing aspect.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cast in Stone



As in clouds I often detect faces on the surface of rocks . . .



. . . although sometimes an actual profile is visible . . .



. . . as is also the case in this photo.



However sometimes it's not a case of human-like features - instead a rock can look like an (ancient) reptile!



And what creature could this be - appearing to be "honoured" with a flower necklace?


Surely these rocks resemble fish?



And this could be (the bottom) half of perhaps a mermaid?


Monday, March 31, 2014

Plenty Lions




Today I wish to share a few photos "snapped" during the last tour - a kind of photo-update centering mainly on the lions we were privileged to encounter.



At first a couple of lionesses were visible in the grass . . .



. . . but instead of hunting, they moved with their youngsters to the (main) road.



This male lion wasn't part of the lion family (above) - instead he's a "resident" on a private game reserve near Mosselbay . . .



. . . where these 2 Waterbuck youngsters also are at home . . .



. . . as is the case with the "models" in this photo . . .




. . . and where another "resident" came to welcome me back to the luxury tent I occupied before :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

As Promised


As promised to some guests during my last tour - I'm posting photos today which were taken during our game drive in open safari vehicles in the Kruger National park.



Just as the photo above - another endearing mother-&-child moment.



What looks like long earrings are in fact (red-billed) oxpeckers assisting an impala with the grooming process.



A young warthog looking surprised??



And then there was the "find of the day" - a lazy cat on a branch right next to the road.



A look at it from the other side . . .




. . . before this deceptively docile leopard opened its eyes.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Candid Camera




Hello - what have we here?






"Here's looking at you," said the driver of the lorry - OR the baboon to the driver? 





"Boring business"




King of the Road




"Knock, knock" - an ox-pecker (bird) requesting entry (into a white rhino's ear).





"Hello - have we met before?"


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Framed


Sometimes certain settings appear to be "framed" - as dead branches seem to form a natural frame for this scene of vultures gathered around the remains of a kill . . .



. . . or these impala antelopes . . .



. . . also a male buffalo . . .



. . . as well as a Crowned hornbill . . .




. . . and this Cape eagle-owl  chick (1 of 2 in the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden this year).



Looks as if this mother-baboon & her little one (at Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve) are stunned by this?? :)