Sunday, November 07, 2010

At last, some pictures!

Yes, I know you really only come here for the pictures, not the articles... and I don't blame you.

Mrs Blog has been going through the pictures, picking out the best ones, and we just took delivery of a stack/span/hobo of good pics from our friend Annelien, who accompanied us on our recent trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Here's a selection, in no particular order...

(There's even a naked one, which should keep the anonymous commentators happy).


We came across this mean and nasty old lady not far from the Pandamatenga border crossing, from Botswana to Zimbabwe, on our way out of Hwange National Park after taking part in the 24-hour game census in the park - a highlight of our safari calendar. This lioness was in the Matetsi Safari area, which features in my book, SAFARI.

Bagged these elephants at Chingahobe Dam, which was where we and our South African friends spent the aforementioned 24 hours counting animals. This year's count was a big improvement on last year's. It couldn't have been any worse, because it poured with rain for the whole census period last year and we saw nothing.

Incidentally, in the acknowledgements section of SAFARI, I mention that a rhino was shot by poachers during the game census,while I was busy writing SAFARI. This is where it happened, at Chingahobe. Apparently the people counting that year were close enough to hear the poachers chopping the horn off. Scary stuff.

Annelien took this most excellent picture of a lioness walking past Broomas, our trusty 300Tdi Land Rover Defender, at the Khwai Community Development conservancy in the Okavango Delta.

She also caught me in the shower at Khwai, four-handed. You can never have too many hands in a bush shower, I always say. (Oh dear, that didn't come out right, did it?).



And as the sun sets slowly over Robins Camp, Hwange National Park, we say night night to Broomas the ultimate off-road adventure vehicle. (Actually, that may be a sunrise picture. Whatever).

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Mmmm...the shower scene...were they surrendering?

tonypark said...

Yes anon.

Not drowning, waving.

RobertLW said...

Can't see the other person's face. Did someone drop the soap?

ali g said...

Good to see you setting a good environmental standard by showering with your little friend and saving precious water.....

RobertLW said...

The lioness looks like she's blind in her left eye, or is that just the light/reflection, etc.

And surely, TP, you can't leave Ali G's quip about showering with your "little" friend unresponded to?

tonypark said...

Yes, Robert, she had a bung eye.

As to my small friend in the shower, I prefer 'small but perfectly formed'.

(She's not much good at keeping an eye out for lions, though).

Anonymous said...

and the sunset has finally fallen on Tonka.

Les said...

Look Mom no hands....

tonypark said...

Very funny Les.

But no, anonymous, no!!!!

Tonka is alive and well in Zimbabwe and there are plans being made, even as we comment, to spirit Tonka across the border from Zimbabwe (where he lives) into South Africa.

We have found a family who wants to adopt him and care for him like he was their own (he will always be our baby).

Stay tuned for the great meeting of the Land Rovers, in early 2011, when Broomas will meet his older brother in the Kruger Park.

The legend continues.

dozycow said...

Wonderful photos Tony - please keep them coming !

Trev said...

Had to dig out my 'Not Drowning, Waving' CD after that.
Forgotten how good they were.
Good shower music...

Trin said...

I feel for Mrs Blog - not a small task groing through photos to pick favourites for general viewing - good job Mrs B. The old lady DID look a little cantankerous, but imaging what she has been through in her life, who could blame her?

Great pics.. keep em coming

Stuart Pithey said...

Kewl foto's!

Trin said...

By the way, I meant the lion by old lady