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Harare International Airport…

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Taken early in the morning with the sun shining on the white walls. I’ve done some work on this photo with Aurora HDR software.
(I love the little red car in the foreground!)

Befuddled Bird…

This egret looks confused. (As kids, we called them ‘tick birds’ because they are always to be found near grazing cattle.)
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I took these two pics at Borrowdale Race Course in Harare recently. Its been raining and raining, here in Zimbabwe and the gallops are flooded.
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Usually white, they all looked pretty grubby and no amount of cleaning (or hiding under his wing,) is going to help until it dries up some.

Ghost's swimming pool…

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This is an HDR taken at the upper Hillside Dam – you can just see Ghost swimming (making the ripples on the left of the pic.)

Hillside Dams…

Are two tiny dams constructed for Bulawayo’s water supply when the first settlers arrived here. Maintained by the council, there is a conservation committee of residents who do all sorts of things to promote┬áthe area for residents. Mostly indigenous trees and plants are planted. Trees (and some of them are HUGE) have reference numbers on them for identification.
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The top dam usually holds water fairly well, but most of the time, the bottom one is empty. So it’s pretty dismal during the dry season. There is a little cafe/eating house, benches dotted about…
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Over the years, stone walkways and steps up through the granite kopjies have been added.
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With several inches of rain falling overnight, his cute river (above) turned into this…
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People go there for walks (oh my…look at the size of that rottie!!!)
We took Ghost for some exercise – she LOVES swimming. Its the first time I’ve ever seen a dog that uses swimming for exercise! She will swim around and around, clearly pushing herself, then cool off, just sort of treading water and then, when she is rested, head off again! Looks like the rottie in the above pic could learn something from Ghost!
I took this pic on the way out…
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More rain clouds! Yay!

Ghost…

 

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Ghost loves the water – Ive never seen a GSD who loves swimming as much as this dog.

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She loves chasing dragon flies too!

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Antonov cockpit..

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Boys will be boys!!!

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This plane is ginormos…

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Air traffic controller Ray, seems unsure!

This short video clip is taken near the hangar where the planes were stored overnight.

Aviator…

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One of the pilots, fixing his ‘plane.

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Vintage Air Rally, Cyprus to Capetown. Look at that rotary engine!!! Droool….

Sounds awesome too!

Vintage ‘planes…

 

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Vintage Air Rally…

The Cyprus to Cape Vintage Air Rally landed in Bulawayo this morning and I was on hand to take some pics…

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Although I know nothing about planes, I could appreciate the engineering! This rotary engine in particular.

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This one had a wooden prop…if you look at the top one, its aluminum, which the owner told me, is original!

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Great turn out from the vintage car society…

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They parked artistically so we could take pics!!!

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They will be here for a few days, but if you are interested, this is their website:

http://www.vintageairrally.com

A few video clips I took at the Bulawayo Airport

Vumba Botanical Gardens…

Some more pics of the botanical gardens

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I think it must rain a lot in the Vumba, there were water drains all over the place, and these water features, with their cute little bridges too

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From several places in the gardens there are benches strategically placed for people to gaze at the distant view…

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These tree ferns are abundant in the garden