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Stress

Whether you feel “I’ve-had-it-with-the-world-and-everything-in-it” hectic,


MALE LION BARING HIS FANGS – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

“get-out-of-my-face-I’m-having-a-bad-day” mad,

MALE LION SNARL – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

or “don’t-make-your-problems-mine” ratty,


LIONESS BARING HER FANGS – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

it pays to remember that stress arises inside.

STRESS:

In response
to a given stimulus,
Stress arises
inside

Allowed to rule,
it wreaks havoc
recognized, unresisted,
it recedes

Powerful,
potential teacher,
Stress offers options
on a silver platter

Succumb and suffer
or choose to transcend,
knowing that the choice
arises inside

©Naomi Estment

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

God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” – Kelly Clarkson

“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

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Thirst

Thirst comes first.


MALE LEOPARD DRINKING – Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa

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

“When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” – Ingrid Newkirk

“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:


FEMALE LEOPARD EYES – Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa


FEMALE LEOPARD PAW – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

In videography terms, we call those shots ‘simple reveals’. Now for the ‘wide establisher’:


FEMALE LEOPARD LYING IN TREE – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Don’t you just love her body language, delightfully draped in her natural vantage point?

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Conservation

Green over greed.

FLOWERING BUSH – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Every day is Earth Day.” – Unknown

“We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.” – Francis Bacon

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come.” – Chinese Proverb

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther
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Dreaming

Dreaming delves deep inside.

JINA SLEEPING ON JOE'S PAW
JINA SLEEPING ON JOE’S PAW

Quotes to consider:

“A person starts dying when they stop dreaming.” – Brian Williams

“If I am dreaming let me never awake, If I am awake let me never sleep.” – Chinese Proverb

“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” – Victor Hugo Continue reading

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Blossom

Every blossom begins as a seed.

ROSE IN BLOOM
ROSE IN BLOOM

Quotes to consider:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.” – William Arthur Ward

“A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.” – Chinese Proverb Continue reading

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Looking

Looking is the surest way of seeing.

LIONESS - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
LIONESS – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly” – Chinese Proverb

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander Continue reading

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Luxuriate

Look at a cat. Watch and learn. Don’t hesitate to luxuriate!

LION LUXURIATING - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
LION LUXURIATING – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quote to consider:

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.” – Henry Miller

“A country where flowers are priced so as to make them a luxury has yet to learn the first principles of civilization” – Chinese Proverb

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about” – Charles Kingsley Continue reading

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