Friday, October 31, 2014
Was this old male lion dangerous . . .
. . . or just having a bad-hair-day?
The question is: when on a game-drive in an open safari vehicle, how long does it feel safe to stop next to a hyena, even if it has a tame, dog-like appearance?
Less threatening, even if it is the largest mammal, is a Northern Right whale, visiting our shores at this time of the year & now counting as number 6 of the BIG 7 (no longer only the BIG 5).
An interesting encounter was with this Marshal eagle & its prey - which at first looked as if it could be an enormous snake, until we "discovered" it had legs . . .
. . . then drove around the tree & saw it was a leguaan! The magnificent raptor certainly had a typically fierce look about it.
As close an encounter with a hippo, especially at night, as this was, is more dangerous than probably "meeting" any of the above animals "along the way".
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 6:59 AM
Monday, August 18, 2014
A photographic tour through the wintery landscape of South Africa right now includes an orange-golden sunset in Johannesburg . . .
a colourful scene in the Kruger National Park . . .
unfortunately also a devastating fire in the Hluhluwe Game Park . . .
a serene scene in the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg area . . .
an always pleasant view across the sea at Plettenbergbay . . .
the contradictory green effect of the semi-arid Klein Karoo region . . .
as well as sleepy-looking Campsbay with the 12 Apostles in the background.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 9:12 AM
Saturday, July 5, 2014
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]
SLEEPY Cape Town
WINDY Port Elizabeth
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 11:51 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014
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.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 4:42 AM
Monday, May 19, 2014
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?
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 8:19 AM
Monday, March 31, 2014
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 :)
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 5:11 AM
Monday, March 3, 2014
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.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 6:05 AM