Cape Sugarbird enjoying the abundance of choice, in its search for the sweetest spot from numerous fully opened, brightly coloured pincushion flowers at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Cherry on top is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the sunbird on the Pincushion Flowers are my response to the prompt.
Like pearls on a necklace, perhaps lightbulbs on a chandelier, or maybe even lights above a Carousel at a Carnival, dewdrops on a spiders web can conjure up so many different images when you zoom in on the detail….. Detail is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of dewdrops on a spiders web are my response to the prompt…
After a long climb of 463 steps, you finally arrive at a walkway that circles the base of the dome of the Duomo in Florence. From here you are able to get a better look up at the 3600 sq m Fresco that adorns the inside of the dome. Reputed to be amongst the largest paintings in the world, designed and frescoed initially by Giorgio Vasari in the late 1500’s this representation of a large scene of the Last Judgement was later completed by Frederico Zuccari.
Look Up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images looking up at the frescoes on the dome of Florence’s Duomo are my response to the prompt.
I’ve often heard that a 4×4 offroad type vehicle is a prerequisite for driving on the sandy corrugated roads roads of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Situated in the Northernmost corner of South Africa, this National Park does not have the Luxury of tarred roads like the Kruger National Park and others. Speed is limited to 40km/h and signs requesting that tyre pressures be lowered to prevent further damage to these corrugated roads, and to improve the driving experience are visible at all the camps in the park. On a recent visit to the Park, I had the privilege to witness a Cheetah cross one of these roads ahead of me. I couldn’t help but notice the opposites between the deep tyre tracks of the heavy fuel powered vehicles that had already travelled this road before me, contrasted with the delicate pawprints left behind by the fastest animal in the world as it swiftly made its way across one of these infamous Kgalagadi corrugated roads. Opposites is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Cheetah crossing the tyre tracks is my response to the prompt.
The Hapoor Dam at the Addo Elephant National Park is frequently visited by large numbers of Elephants as they move through the terrain in the Park. It is a place where they drink, splash themselves, swim etc, before they finally move on to be followed by the next group. Consequently, other animals have to try and sneak a drink in between. I watched as a Black backed Jackal saw an opportunity to have a drink, shortly after some Elephants had moved off. The jackal carefully advanced to the waters edge and started drinking. Shortly after two Elephants, a younger and older an one, arrived on the other side of the water. The Jackal was obviously thirsty and appeared to have decided to just keep drinking despite the arrival of the heavies. The Elephant “partners in crime” obviously didn’t appreciate the presence of the Jackal at “their” waterhole, and tried to intimidate the Jackal, by mock charges and splashing water towards it. The jackal appeared unperturbed and continued drinking, so the heavies persisted with their bullying tactics. At one point the Jackal appeared to turn away from the impending splash, but turned back and continued to drink thereafter. Eventually, he moved on carefully. Perhaps he had enough to drink, or he decided he had overstayed his welcome. Partners is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and a sequence of images of the Elephants and Jackal interaction is my response to the prompt.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens a stonesthrow from Cape Towns City Centre, boasts an elevated Treetop Canopy Walkway that enables you to weave your way through the upper branches of a thick woodland. The 130m long segmented steel and timber slatted walkway mostly referred to as the “boomslang” (tree snake) curves and winds its way through the trees, resembling a snakes skeleton. Starting off at Ground level, this wheelchair friendly walkway, slowly ramps up into the treetops affording wonderful views of the Table Mountain Range and the surrounding suburbs of the City. Curve is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week and image of the “boomslang” are my response to the prompt.
Wow! Today happens to be my blogs 5th Anniversary even I’m impressed 5 years of thank you’s to all my followers, commentors, likers, visitors and others. Every one of you made this possible. Without you, there is no blog, so Thank you again for coming along on this journey, please hang around for the next 5
After a what felt like a semi strenuous hike on a warm day in the Cederberg Mountains about 2 hours away from Cape Town, you arrive at a Waterfall. An absolute oasis emerges amidst the rocks and trees with Pure crystal clear Mountain water cascading down a waterfall filtered by some greenery and into a pool, before it makes it’s way down further through another gorge and smaller waterfalls along the way. It eventually makes it’s way to a pond downstram, which is a good couple of hundred metres lower in altitude (I suppose? it’s a pond, maybe a dam? it has a wall) and the water still looks as sparkling and pure as it was at the waterfall above. Pure is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Waterfall and Pond are my response to the prompt….