Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries in Soweto

Nowhere have boundaries seemed more present, at least in our limited travels through the world, than in the town of Soweto, South Africa. As we rode in a van with our guide on a Sunday afternoon in Soweto searching for the Nelson Mandela National Museum (better known as the Mandela House), we couldn’t help but […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

It’s just nature’s way, of course.  But when you come upon one of these magnificent creatures carefully hidden in a monochromatic natural setting, you can’t help but suck in your breath as if you’ve seen a lion on safari or something! For more entries in the Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic, click here.

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Travel theme: Trees

Long winding pathways lined with towering trees, some dating back to the early 1900s, form lasting images for those who visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. For more lasting tree images, check out Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack for Travel theme: Trees.  

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Travel theme: One Colour

Nature’s plan to blend even the biggest, boldest of animals into the landscape works well. So well, in fact, that coming (surprisedly) upon this kingly fellow — mostly of one colour — had all of us in the safari Jeep scrambling for cameras while speaking in hushed tones.  Better to let sleeping lions lie, right? […]

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Travel theme: Outdoors

One of the prettiest places to be in the great outdoors is Thornybush Game Preserve, South Africa.  Our jeep pulled into an open spot on the plain so we could toast sundown with friends and revel in the fact that we were alive and traveling in beautiful South Africa near Kruger National Park. Such memories! For […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

It seemed ordinary. An early-morning Jeep ride through a game preserve near Kruger National Park.  Not much in sight.  Not many sounds. But when the driver veered near this watering hole, something we’d never seen before unfolded in front of us.  A convergence of buffalo. A gathering by the waterside.  A find for those of us who […]

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Travel theme: Belonging

Our guide said it was unusual.  Unusual to see a baby giraffe nursing from its mother.  But we have no idea if it were an unusual sighting or not.  After all, it was our first and possibly only safari. But regardless of how uncommon it might be to see one little giraffe grateful for its belonging […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

While on safari near Kruger National Park at sundown, we came upon a cheetah quite unexpectedly.  She was perched atop a grassy mound, seated above the top of our jeep, sensing our presence.  Our driver turned the motor off, allowing us to snap away during this quiet afternoon.  And we made not a sound, except for […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Table Mountain, the iconic flat-topped mountain towering 3,558 feet above Cape Town, South Africa, literally begs to be seen from above.  Some climb.  Others (some 23 million people to date) have ascended via Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, a rotating lift that affords breathtaking scenes both going up and coming down. The view from the top […]

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