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Panasonic FZ1000

Yup – that is my new camera! And, since this blog is a journey of my photographic life – I thought I should post the first pic ever taken using this camera.

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I am a VIP – a Very Impatient Person – I took this one (above,) a few short minutes after collecting it – driving along the M1 overlooking Johannesburg! Not my normal thing, but a camera that can produce photos like this one, should be OK to take a Rhino!

This one below is my favourite pic taken along that stretch…

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Its almost Mondrian!

This camera was given to me by Nicholas Bishop, whom I met on FB!! He liked my photographs, but bewailed my…um….substandard camera! (Nic is much more straight up than that!)

He was in Mozambique at the time, recovering from a (botched) back operation…I suppose if you are stinking hot, lying in a dark room (power cuts in Beira) for hours with only FB on your phone, you will manage to get a word in edge-ways in a conversation with me!

Attempting the back op again, now in Harare, Nic came to visit me! He was the first FB friend I had met in the flesh – and I admit to being a little concerned…I picked him up at the Byo airport and …he was EXACTLY how I imagined him…It was such fun – we went to as many of the ruins we could fit in: Nalatale, Khami, DhloDhlo and Regina – he came to the farm to see the ‘famous’ view that is featured over and over on this blog…

He told me he was desperately unhappy and wanted to get married. Since his efforts so far had resulted only in a drain to his pocket, I told him I should suss out the girl first  – you know, ask pointed questions…dig around a bit…

As it turns out, his choice had suffered much the same abuse and she too wanted to know all about Nic. I ‘spoke’ to her on FB – told her Nic is an all round nice guy, solid and dependable, one who will never let her down…

And she believed me…a FB friend of Nic’s who uses a pen name!

They were married in Bali at the end of December and they brought this camera back for me as a wedding present…

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And I’m speechless…

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Look at the bird in this photo – taken while driving along the highway, believe it or not!

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A HUGE thanks to Nicholas and Novie Bishop –

Brilliant blue…

And green…and red! This is my best effort so far – usually when I try to capture images of this bird, I get a black silhouette!

 Brilliant blue

Rhino…

Once again, Khama Rhino Sanctuary provided the experience of a lifetime and one I won’t forget. This time, we made sure we arrived in plenty of time for the sunset! I didn’t get a decent shot of the pan – its just too vast!

Pretty close to the road is a patch of salt that the animals appear to visit, lick at the rocks and move on. We parked closeby and watched them. Kudu, impala, warthog…wildebeeste.

Impala

 

Kudu

and then…the rhino strolled into into the frame:

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He checked us out…Rhino

Pooped on the other poop…

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And then strolled away to the main pan…Rhino

 

I sat silent (for a change) as they walked past the car, and I swear, they creak, like a new leather saddle on a horse!

Nuts…

Someone’s excited about nuts…

Squirrel

Goway…

Grey LourieThese guys weren’t sure about egg white, but they had a good look and gave me a chance to capture the pic!

 

Kudu…

I think kudu are my all time favourite antelope. As a child I tried to sneak up as close as I could! They are always on the alert, ready to rush off.

Even in a park where there are no predators, and no one shoots them, they seem poised for flight.

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A female and few youngsters are pictured here eating salt at the pan…KuduThe females don’t have those awesome twisty horns the males do…

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Any hunter knows, the males, always to be found in the thick brush, remain in sight, but hard to aim at. I took this (camera) shot with the zoom pretty much all out. They stood just inside the tree line the entire time the girls licked the salt…head butting each other.

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Here again zoomed

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The bold and the beautiful…

Warthog

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Ramp model…

Warthog

Warthog

Dove…

I have always loved these birds; the colours and the peaceful sounds they make. As a child, I watched them pecking at the chicken feed and wanted to stroke the delicate mauves and blue shades on their feathers…

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Can you believe, the ripples are reflected on the bird!

DoveI couldn’t resist messing with this photo…

 

Wannabe…

“She is taking pictures of Rhino – do you think she will notice me now?”

Wannabe

Rhino