Thursday, May 11, 2017

11/05/2017 Lots on today and quite wet; so some more photos from our South African trip in February 2017

Maximum temperature 19C, minimum 9C.  19 km/h SW wind 33 km/h gusts.   2 mm measured this morning but since it has been raining on and off.
The beach at Leisure Bay on the South Coast - with thanks to Joan, she has a great site for South African Identification of animals, insects and plants.  It was wonderful to meet her after following her for so many years...

Hermit Crab...

South Coast...

African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)...

Cape White-eye (Zosterops virens)

Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus).

Moving away from the South Coast we stayed with friends in Empangeni in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, we were sitting on their veranda when this jenny of giraffes walked past.  Now if they were standing still, it would have been called a tower of giraffes!!

I walked down and out of the house and got this shot a bit closer.

We then went up stream to have a braai (the Afrikaans name for a barbecue), note the river in the back ground...

and we were being watched!

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  1. Every time I see one of these post it makes me want to go back to Africa.

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    1. Thought that you were planning something :-)

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    2. If anything works out I'll spend a few days in France ahead of time, so maybe we'll get to meet. It is all VERY early, however.

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    3. That would be fantastic. Diane

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  2. You are in beautiful land, enjoying all the great view of wild animals and nature around you.

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    1. It was a wonderful holiday and it is great to be able to share. Diane

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  3. Gorgeous photos, Diane, and the barbecue looks like a fun time!

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    1. It is always fun to braai in Africa, somehow they seem much better there than elsewhere but I don't know why. Keep well Diane

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  4. To see the giraffes so close up... and the hippos... WOW! Awesome photos.

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    1. Very close, I would never do any work if I lived there I would be permanently watching from my balcony :-) Diane

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  5. Fantastic photos. Every time I see photos like this it makes me even more certain that I never want to leave Africa. When you are planning another trip to SA, let me know. I would love to meet you. x

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    1. Kim we would love to make another trip in the not too distant future, but when that will be I have no idea. Our friends are planning trips already so we may never get as far as Durban but maybe.... Take care Diane x

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  6. The Leisure Bay view brings fond memories of travels with Joan. Along with all the wildlife, and a good braai.

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    1. Think once Africa is in the system you never forget. Take care Diane

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