Thursday, October 25, 2018

Its 5 o'clock somewhere...Marakele National Park


While you read, listen to Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet smash this hit...

With the sun sinking faster that Eliud Kipchoge can run a marathon,
it was a "race" to see if we could find lions before it disappeared altogether.
Not that we were hurtling around the dusty roads at speed,
it was just that they had been spotted in the area 
and it would be a great way to end of our evening drive.

We found them!
In a sighting like this it is very difficult NOT to attribute
human characteristics to animal behaviour.
There were a LOT of "Ooooh" and "Aaaaah" 
from the occupants of the cruiser.
"Its 5 o'clock somewhere, time for a drink"...
And as this story unfolds, you might understand why...
Mom, although alert, settles in to enjoy a cool drink.
If water is available, lions will drink daily.
If not, they can survive on the moisture content 
in the stomach contents of their prey.

Seeing that there was no immediate threat close by
junior joined her at the edge of the dam.

"My time to look out for Mom",
her cub seems to be saying.
But look closely and you will see that Mom is still vigilant.
Eyes focused for a potential threat, not looking down at the water.

"I love you Mom"...

"Play with me PLEASE"?

"If I ignore you, perhaps you will play"?

"ENOUGH"...

"Alone at last...a bit of peace and quiet before the nuisance returns"!

"I am BIG and I can drink on my own"...

"But I have to return to Mom in case she feels ignored"
In real time, the cub had only left her side for less than 5 minutes,
but was constantly in her sight.

"I was only gone a few minutes, did you miss me"?
"Did you"?
Did you"?

"Please tell me that you missed me"

"Alright...I missed you"
"Now will you leave me alone"?
At this point, we on the vehicle heard a soft vocalizing
coming from not too far away.
Probably the reason that this lioness had be on alert.

As they walked off into the bush, we headed off down the road
 and discovered this...

More lions!
Four youngsters and an adult were lying out in the open...
Just like human teenagers, grooming was important to this young male

At least one of the pride seemed to be more interested in the giraffe
than offering to pose for us.
The distance to the giraffe and the inexperience of young lions
would have meant that this possible hunt would have ended up unsuccessfully.
And lions have an aversion to wasting energy where food is concerned.
Time to leave the cats to their nocturnal endevours and head back  home.

Another stunning African sunrise.
On our early morning game drive
we found fresh lion tracks!

After following the spoor for quite a distance,
we almost missed this lioness lying just off the side of the road!

Not the meal of the day...
But certainly this Wildebeest had offered sustenance
 to predators at some point.
That is the way that nature operates...
For something to survive, something has to die.
Be it an insect, a reptile, a bird or large game,
there is a circle that has to be completed to keep the balance.
One day, when we humans actually get to realize
 that our species is unbalanced, maybe, just maybe,
will will seek to address that.
Unfortunately, we are reactive by nature and we need to be proactive
in order to protect this planet for all those who call it home.


You to can experience similar inspirational sightings.
Stay at one of the two MORE lodges in the Park.
To find out about the facilities that are on offer,

 

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It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
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When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
Here he is seen looking at a CMR Beetle.
It was named after the Cape Mounted Rifles,
as its colouring resembles that of the regiment.
He can handle it as he is wearing gloves!
Do not be tempted to pick them up bare handed
or you will end up with nasty, painful blisters.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
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My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
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A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
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