Away in the wild…

I can’t believe that it has been so long since I posted a blog! I thought I had done so last month!! How time flies…

Earlier this year we went to Tembe Elephant Park up in northern Kwazulu-Natal. This is a small game park in South Africa, but is a great place to visit. Whilst we did not get to see any of the big cats, we certainly had some wonderful sightings.

Tembe lived up to its name and showed us lots of elephant sightings. One of the waterholes, in this sadly drought-ridden area, produced some really interesting viewing.

Just a couple of shots taken at the waterhole…

Let me rest my weary tusk…

Let me rest my weary tusk

I’m the boss of you…

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Variations on a Frog…

The other day my husband told me that there was a  frog was sitting on the counter next to the outdoor sink in my drying yard. I took my camera to go and photograph it. After taking a few shots with my 24-105mm lens, I went and got the Macro lens… Frog I think it is a Tree Frog and in reality he was only about 2 inches/5cm in length, but he looks rather large when photographed with a macro lens. Of course, I cannot leave well alone when it comes to editing. First of all in Lightroom I played around with a Bleach By-Pass edit… Bleach By-Pass Then I did an edit on the original photo. First of all I added a Poster Edge layer, then a blue Overlay blend layer and this was the result… PE Bl OL I think it looks as if he is sitting at the water’s edge of a pond.

We are off on a road trip on Monday to go down to Robertson in the Cape, so I will not be blogging whilst away. I really hope that I come back with some exciting photos 🙂

I am linking up to this week’s MOM challenge. If you look closely enough there are touches of orange and blue is the complementary colour of orange 😉

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Butterfly and other thoughts…

Nine days into January and this is the first time I have posted in the new year. If I don’t look out, I might do worse than last year in the number of times I put something on my blog!

One thing I have done is to choose a new theme for my blog. New Year….new theme.

Life is slowly getting back to normal and is certainly a lot quieter after there being ten of us in the house over the holiday period. My children have all left to go back to their various homes and work. Exciting times are ahead of us this year, as we await the arrival of two grandchildren. Have I mentioned it before? Both my daughter and daughter-in-law are expecting their first children. Of course, on our part, that requires a trip to the UK to meet the babies when they arrive. Mmmm…I wonder if I can bear to make the trip there??? Ha ha! Of course I can! Any excuse to go to the UK 🙂 I must say that I think they are very considerate in being due in May…late spring/early summer!

I have lots to do before going over there…I have two quilts to make, amongst other things. At the moment, I have not decided on what patterns etc to do for the quilts. Once I have done so, I should probably record the process here on my blog. In my previous post, I was saying that I had not decided what to do with my blog this year…maybe the quilts could the subject for a couple of posts.

Just before my 3rd son left, he found this butterfly in the garden. We weren’t sure if it had been injured or was battling in the strong winds, as it was not moving much and did not seem very energetic. However, it did make it easy to photograph. It had the most beautiful markings.

I am also linking up to Lori’s Mandarin Orange Monday

Butterfly 05

Butterfly 02

For this final photograph I added an orange overlay, after all it is Mandarin Orange Monday 😉

Butterfly 04

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Lizzy…

We have someone/thing residing next to the steps that lead from our verandah down to the  lawn. I think that Lizzy is living in the crevices of the stone wall of the planter. I am not sure for how long he/she will be able to live in those crevices, as he/she will grow a tad too large to fit into said crevices…she is a juvenile water monitor lizard 🙂 I must say I am not very fond of reptiles. In fact, if it was a snake I would have left the house until my husband (or someone else) had removed the thing and sent it  far away! However, Lizzy and I are beginning to tolerate one another and each day I go out to see if he/she is sunning itself on the wall.

Today, I crept around and took a couple of shots (the camera kind, not gun :)) I was not allowed to get very close, so this is the best I could achieve.

The photo has an orangey tone to it, so I decided to add a Poster Edge Filter and submit this for this week’s Mandarin Orange Monday. If you go over to Lori’s site, you will see how creatively she has used the Poster Edge Filter in her photos.

Lizzy with a Poster Edge look…

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Kruger October 2012…

Recently we spent 12 days visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where we live. We are blessed to have a week’s timeshare on the border of the park and then we followed it up by spending a further five days staying at various camps in the park.

Instead of posting loads of individual photos I have done a couple of collages.

Big 5…

A variety of other wildlife…

I will post some more photos tomorrow.

New year…new goals.

It is the third day of 2012 already and only the first time I have got down to writing a post. It is a good thing that I have not set my self a goal of doing 365 posts!!

Goals. I have been trying to decide what my blogging goals should be this year, but cannot decide. The year ahead is going to be one of big changes for us. We are hoping to move to our new home in South Africa sometime this year. Not only is it a new home, but it will be a change of country too.

For over twenty years we have been expats. Actually, we have only lived in two countries in that time (Mauritius and Nigeria), but we have lived in eight homes. Though that is not too bad considering other people in our position have probably lived in twice as many, if not more, homes.

As a result of this impending move, I have been finding it very difficult to settle in to anything, never mind sitting down to set goals for the year ahead. I am being an ostrich and burying my head in the sand at the thought of getting down to sorting out the last ten years of accumulated things in our house. Oh, I do understand that the sooner I get on with it, the sooner it will get done, but that is not helping right at the moment. I will get there, don’t worry!

Getting back to my blogging goals, I think that it is probably a good idea not to stress myself over that. I think in the months ahead, I will have enough stresses!

I think that one goal I will set myself, is to feel a sense of achievement  when I do write a post 🙂

I wonder if these geese below, are setting goals for the year?? Somehow, I don’t think so; I think they are concerned with the worries of “the now”. A lesson for me to learn…

A knock on the door…

This morning the doorbell rang and this was what was delivered…

A photo book of pictures from our trip to Kruger

It is the first time I have ordered a photo book and, on the whole, I am pleased with it. However there are a couple of photos that I should have checked more carefully for positioning etc. It is not a train smash, but the lesson learnt is to take more care in future when placing the pictures.

All in all, it is a great memory to have. Most of the time our photos stay on the computer or disc and get forgotten about. Not really the point of photography!

A little later on in the morning there was another ring on the doorbell and this was what had arrived…

Yep…I have splashed out and got Lightroom. Now the test is going to be whether I can learn the tricks of another editing programme. So many people have said that it is really good. Why do I give myself these challenges???

I am linking up to Deb’s This & That Thursday

More…

A few more photos from our Kruger trip.

Vervet Monkey…
Giraffe..such beautiful and graceful creatures…Zebra…who would have thought that with their stripes that these creatures can just melt away into the bush…Wildebeest…Warthog…Black-backed jackal…Cheetah…Helmeted Guinea Fowl…Terrapin…