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Scamp…

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An adorable little scamp!
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It’s not often I get both the opportunity to take portraits of children and permission to post them.
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He is such a good model too – whenever he spies the camera on him, he looks right into the lens. And he is SO cute!
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This last pic is my favourite of the series, when he was busy ‘learning’ testing out his capabilities.
On all of these photos, I had the camera on the ‘faces’ mode on the camera – it does a very good job, I think and I have not even run these pics through any software.

Mist Rising…

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Its winter in Africa now, and for me, its cold! These pics were taken at Zebula, which is in Limpopo, South Africa.
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This photo, above, was taken after sunset – I liked the way the view turned into stripes. It was cold too!
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In the valley is a small stream (it makes up one of the water traps for the golf course.) Sitting in the clubhouse, one can watch the mist slowly forming once the sun set.

Black Eagle…

We see lots of these huge birds in the Matopos, but usually from a distance. They swoop down from the top of huge boulders to snatch up dassies. They have a very distinctive white Vee on their backs which shows up very well, even when they are flying on thermals. P1290270
This one, at Zebula, was rescued from a nest in a power-line and then kept in a box until rescued again.
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The plan is to teach all the birds of prey, using falconry techniques, to hunt for themselves and finally be rehabilitated into the wild. In the mean time, people will be lucky enough to see (and photograph) them up close.
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This photo above is taken just before she launched herself onto Gareth, (the handler’s) glove.P1290258
Gareth was full of interesting information about the birds (which I hope I don’t get hopelessly muddled!)

Giraffe…

I love these leggy creatures…
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These pics are all taken at Zebula in South Africa.
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This guy had white socks!
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In the background are the golf estate houses…its nice to have wild animals moving about at will – often on the greens!
 

Zebula trees…

As usual, I can’t resist trees, and at this time of the year (as it gets cold) they are changing colour. I was lucky enough to spend a week at Zebula (near Bela Bela, in Limpopo in South Africa,) and went wild over the trees.
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This tree was right outside the entrance to the unit we stayed in. I took a pic of this tree more than once, at different times of the day. I just LOVE the feathery, delicate colours!
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And this red colouring? It stands out against the golden grass.
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Sometimes its the shape that gets me…
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This last pic was taken at sunset while on a game drive. Thats the nice thing about Zebula – its been stocked with game – and there are golf cart tracks all through…I LOVE whizzing around in a golf cart, and the game are so used to you, they don’t run off.
 

Mtshabezi Dam…

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Built in a long narrow valley, Mtshabezi Dam is long and deep. These two photos are taken in the bright overhead sunlight, in the mid day.
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It was a bit later, when I took this one:
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Fishermen, who brave the road with their boats, launch just in front of where I was standing.
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I really like this rock (above)with the trees growing out of them. I tried to line it up with another interesting rock in the foreground, but it just didn’t gel. I’ll try again when I get the boat into the water.
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The trees are beginning to shed their leaves and that orange, is actually leaves, not flowers.
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I liked the stark white of this dead tree – taken in the late afternoon light. Im thinking someone good at manipulating RAW images might have fun with it.
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These last images were taken with fading light.

Cain…

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I took this photo (above) in Esigodini – I don’t want to say much about this man – too often we have opinions of other’s dress/life-choices/houses and probably shouldn’t, cos we don’t walk in their shoes.
 

Sand Olive…

I came across this tree near the Enzamalanga trig beacon in Esigodini. The area is very rocky and crisscrossed with paths and tiny roads used by small miners and people who are called Tshekedsha (the name comes from the sound made when the sieve is shaken during the gold panning process.)  Most Tshekedsha are illegally mining and they make quite a mess of the environment.
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http://www.randomharvest.co.za/South-African-Indigenous-Plants/Show-Plant/PlantId/140?Plant=Dodonaea%20angustifolia
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It looks a little like a combretum, but I’m told it isn’t.
It is often planted in areas that were deforested and so easily establishes itself here where the soil was bare and dug over.
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The cream colours of this bush show up strongly all along the hillsides at this time of the year…

Esigodini…

Is a little village about fifty kilometres from Bulawayo heading south towards Johannesburg. The town and buildings have changed since I grew up there, but the surrounding countryside is much the same.P1280921
And that’s about it in the main street! The Why Not Hotel’s paint job is a little garish next to the post office’s more traditional one!
And then we leave the town for the countryside…
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I chose to avoid a $2.00 toll gate and took this road! (Heading South west.)
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Looking south and late in the evening, is an unusual view of the Matopos (although one I’ve posted here before, but taken in the morning.)
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OK, so this is a bit of a cheat! I didn’t HAVE to go on this road to avoid the toll! But I did in order to follow the sunset! You know, I think taking photos is sort of like surfing. Like a surfer, waiting for that perfect wave, I sit around in the freezing evenings, or walk up just one more hill, or drive my poor car down roads like this one above – looking for that perfect shot! Always just around the corner!
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The sunset was worth driving home in the dark (I don’t have the best night sight!)
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It’s cold now (temperatures are just over 0 degrees C)
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This last pic is taken on the main Johannesburg road – and it was eina cold!

Mtshabezi Dam…

We visited Mtshabezi (pronounced mmm cha bezi) Dam a while ago, and I noticed aloes on the road through the gorge. Since there are lovely aloes out all over Matabeleland, I thought it would be an idea to take pics there. None were out!!! But I couldn’t have picked a better day for a visit.
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This first photo was taken on the (very bumpy) road over the gorge.
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We  had the place to ourselves, other than a few civilised fishermen – instead of noisy motorboats! The weather was kind – bright sunlight at midday, and then the wind tailed off until the water was like glass in the evening.
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A recent addition to Bulawayo’s water supply, Mtshabezi is a picturesque dam built in the 1990’s. It’s on the southern end of the Matopos about 40km from the Gwanda/Bulawayo rd.
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I love the rocks sitting in the water.
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Mtshabezi is almost full still, which is pretty good considering the rainy season was middling.
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I’m thinking of carrying the canoe on top of the car so I can paddle further upstream – Ill get some lovely pics, I’m sure. Im reliably informed that there are no crocs or hippos in this dam. Hippo make quick work of canoes!
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https://www.industryabout.com/country-territories-3/2545-zimbabwe/hydro-energy/39527-mtshabezi-dam