- ©DAVE & NAOMI ESTMENT, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this blog's material (text and images) without express permission from NAOMI and/or DAVE ESTMENT is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to NAOMI and/or DAVE ESTMENT and NAOMI'S NOTES with specific direction to the original content.
- Albert Einstein
- Big Five
- Cape Town
- Central Kalahari
- Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Game Reserve
- George Bernard Shaw
- Hills of Africa Travel
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Khwai River
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Masai Mara
- Nelson Mandela
- Norwegian Forest Cat
- Okavango Delta
- Oscar Wilde
- Out of Air
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve
- South Africa
- Table Mountain
- Travel and Tourism
- Welgevonden Game Reserve
- Western Cape
- Writers Resources
Friend me on FACEBOOK
Tag Archives: Cat
Whether you feel “I’ve-had-it-with-the-world-and-everything-in-it” hectic,
or “don’t-make-your-problems-mine” ratty,
it pays to remember that stress arises inside.
to a given stimulus,
Allowed to rule,
it wreaks havoc
Stress offers options
on a silver platter
Succumb and suffer
or choose to transcend,
knowing that the choice
Quotes to consider:
“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns
“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” – Astrid Alauda
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye
“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” – Terri Guillemets
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb
- Is Your Job Worth the Stress? (moneyning.com)
- Honeymoon Must-Haves: What to Wear on a Safari (onlineshoes.com)
Thirst comes first.
Silent paws pad down the dirt road, leaving perfect prints. Leopard prints. Warren has picked up the trail of this most elusive cat. It appears to be a male, heading for water. Our eyes scan ahead for the flash of his tail tip. Nothing. Still, my pulse quickens as I flick the video camera onto standby. Leopards are among the rarest of game drive diamonds. We approach the dam slowly, spotlight sweeping from side to side.
The rustle of passing leaves whispers that someone has snuck from view. But we’re focussed forward. Rounding the road’s last bend, we see him! Cutting the engine, we coast closer for a more intimate look. Not too close, preserving the dignity of his personal space. Our frail human faculties can’t detect his scent, although the reverse seems true. Muscles bunch beneath his sleek spots, anticipating action. This is the way at waterholes. Encounters with other creatures are on the cards. After all, Thirst waits for no-one.
Quotes to consider:
“You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst.” – William Langewiesche
“Kissing is like drinking salted water: you drink and your thirst increases” – Chinese Proverb
“Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.” – Irish Proverb
“They talk of my drinking but never my thirst” – Scottish Proverb
“Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye” – Leonardo da Vinci
While reminiscing about the Sabi Sand reserve, and taking a cue from that last quote, I simply have to share a few more of Dave’s photo’s with you. These are from another spectacular sighting at Londolozi, legendary playground of South African leopards. We followed this female for a magical hour or more, before she leapt up a tree:
In videography terms, we call those shots ‘simple reveals’. Now for the ‘wide establisher’:
Don’t you just love her body language, delightfully draped in her natural vantage point?
- South Africa Beyond World Cup Football and Vuvuzelas – Best Vacation Destinations (hotelclub.com)
- Ebony Lodge at the Singita Game Reserve: The Armchair Safari (luxist.com)
- Soccer and Safari – A True Taste of Africa (globalthoughtz.com)
- Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition Retreats (apartmenttherapy.com)
- BBC4 ‘Wonderful Africa Season’ (audleyblog.com)
Little compares to the quiet symphony of a bush shower. Hot water is preferable, regardless if it spouts from a tap, bucket or bag. But the essential ingredient is open air. That perfect blend of shampoo mixed with wildness. It holds a primal pull. Midday is best, mellowing the burst of freshness from drying off:
Sometimes, however, caution is prescribed, like once at Mabuasehube in Botswana. Our own campsite barren, we investigate another, only to find that we’re not there first. A pride of thirsty lions precedes us. Maneuvering our vehicles into a safe scenario, we oblige with a steady trickle, before retreating to let them drink. It’s clear that the water tastes delicious to their tongues. You’re most welcome, magnifient friends, with all our love 🙂
In reality, neither. Just regular puppies, but they sure blast a whole new energy through the home! We’ve had our German Shepherd darlings for two weeks today and much as we adore them, I can’t pretend there aren’t moments of madness. Take Saturday morning, for example. No less than four steaming piles and two large puddles placed on the dining room rug. All within a most impressive ten minutes, not to mention before breakfast.
House training aside, they’re quite restrained. Nothing but the best for this thoroughbred pair. Only brand new socks, barely worn, will do. Although they have also rampaged through our recycling bins. Mind you, that could be considered civilized rubbish, since it is rinsed and separated. Then there’s the dining room chair that used to match so nicely . . .
Still, no matter the mess, those teddy bear eyes just make you melt:
I may be a pushover, but our older dog and cat definitely aren’t. They seem convinced of the Terrorists argument. And there’s no way they’re conceding without a fight. This is Jina staking her claim:
and Tex surveying his territory:
Tough that I’m conflict avoidant, squarely in The Dog Whisperer’s category of humans who need training. Perhaps it’s time to tape every episode! Nevertheless, in all seriousness, we got these two for their lovable natures. And of course there’s the side benefit that we get lots of exercise, like Saturday’s session introducing them to their leads:
Who’s leading who? Continue reading
All of you who are watching the Soccer World Cup will know how nippy our SA weather is. Well, Jina just loves to play in the sun, especially now! It’s one of the reasons I keep a camera close. She was rolling around so much this morning that it was tricky to take a shot, until she hopped onto the window sill for a moment’s pause. Here she is, perfectly positioned for some fill-in flash photography:
JINA sitting in morning sunlight – Johannesburg, South Africa Continue reading
Authenticity is about being.
Too much doing can lead to undoing.
Quotes to consider:
“What we are looking for is what is looking.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W. H. Auden
“Serve others for they are reflections of the same Entity of which you are yourself another reflection. No one of you has any authenticity, except in reference to the Original. Feel always kinship with all creation.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Potential possesses power.
It is best approached with respect, but without fear.
Quotes to consider:
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw
“A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?” – Jane Wagner
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us…’ – Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”)
Attention = Attribute
Paying attention bears phenomenal fruit.
Quotes to consider:
“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss
“It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.” – Unknown
“Anyone bored these days is not paying attention.” – Bill Copeland