The Undertaker

The habits of the vultures – feeding on animal carcasses – as well as their hunched over posture,  always remind me of the stereo-typical undertaker seen in films. Or more accurately cartoon ...


The Chase

[At the end of this post is a video covering the most interesting action sequence.] Often one spends hours scanning the bush in the hopes of sighting a big cat. Occasionally, one ...


The Stalker

Interesting animals sightings in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are a matter of luck and also timing. Earlier in the day a family of lions had strolled up onto a dune overlooking the ...


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In the bowels of a giant Yellowwood tree

Today is the day you find out whether this photo (see here) ...
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Cat in a crook

As we were driving along on a dusty road on a cold, ...
Lioness with cubs - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2014

Kalahari babies

We are on another pilgrimage to the Kalahari. Here are two of ...

And now my watch has ended . . .

He was blood of the dragon, but now his fire has gone ...
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There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and ...
Statue of Nelson Mandela, Parliament Square. Image by Warko via Wikimedia Commons.

Fishing with Mandela

Guest post by Willie A tall grey shadow has been cast over ...
Tsava's capture. Image: ©Hannah & Darius Mellet

Not your everyday occupational hazard!

Hannah was first featured on this blog in a post called How ...

The Antarctic – you absolutely have to go!!!

Once again I have been very lucky to have somebody volunteer a ...
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Three old favourites by John le Carré

Let me begin by saying that I don’t usually read spy thrillers. ...

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Photoshopped or not?

Above is an image of a hand sticking out of a tree trunk. So what do you think – is this image a photoshopped or not? Leave a comment below – the answer will be posted in a future post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

For this week’s photo challenge on Focus, I’ve chosen a photograph of an African Wild Cat which was taken last week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This photograph was taken at quite a distance, so it proved to be a little tricky to keep the cat in focus instead of the background.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour, which Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains as follows: “In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time […]

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The Inca Trail

In the footsteps of the Incas – part 1

Originally posted on justcallmegertie:
There is one word that is universally understood and that expresses the same intensity of feeling in all languages. Wow! What started out as a tick on my bucket list, ended off as a personal pilgrimage for me. But in the end, I completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the crowns of some really huge (71.5m or 234.5 feet) Karri gum (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees. To see more photos and information go to the post What do tree surgeons do on their day off?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

This week’s photo challenge is “Future Tense“. The photos below are of big, colourful fishing lures. The significance of these for this challenge, are that Willie is looking forward to a major fishing trip to Gabon – a country in West Africa. He’s getting very excited about it! Every free moment is spent thinking about, […]

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The Rock Pool

A perfect reflection in a rock pool . . . This is the sea. In these uneven walls A wave lies prisoned. Far and far away Outward to ocean, as the slow tide falls, Her sisters through the capes that hold the bay Dancing in lovely liberty recede. Yet lovely in captivity she lies, Filled […]

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