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African Elephants getting Wet & Wild!

Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.
Afternoon game drive.
16h30

The trumpet and splash of Africa’s giants halts us in our tracks. Forget sundowners, these two have our rapt attention, as well as Dave’s lens trained on the action. This one is his Nikon 200-400mm F4 baby, lovingly hand-held 🙂 We’ve seldom come across elephants tussling in water. Seldom enough that I couldn’t select a single image, so decided on a sequence. It’s impossible to tire of the bushveld’s spontaneity – delivering unlimited, unexpected, unparalleled enchantment. Hope you enjoy!

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African Elephant on the Charge!

Several things happen simultaneously:

– an Elephant trumpets
– men yell
– tyres spin
– dust flies
Plovers shriek
Impalas scatter
Hippo’s submerge
– my throat constricts
– the video camera tumbles into my lap

. . . and Dave calmly fires off a sensational sequence, hand-held from our roof rack:

I don’t know how my husband does it, but there you go 🙂

He shot this near the Khwai River Lodge, just North of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. No, we weren’t doing the five star thing, rather the real bush deal, camping at the Khwai Development Trust site just up the drag. Thereby hang a whole lot more tales, but we’ll save them for another day.

Our friends in the Prado had inadvertently come between the elephant and the water. Never a good idea. They got off fine, albeit shaken and stirred!
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Delight

Delight > Drugs


ELEPHANTS IN MUD-BATH – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

It is freely available – anytime, anywhere 🙂

Quotes to consider:

“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children, that makes the heart too big for the body” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.” – Emanuel Swedenborg

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius
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Wrinkles

Like everything else, wrinkles are relative.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

“Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.” Anna Magnani

“I’m getting a wrinkle above my eyebrow because I just can’t stop lifting it, and I love that you know.” – Angelina Jolie Continue reading

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Loneliness

Loneliness is an invitation to look within.

INTO THE SUNSET - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
INTO THE SUNSET – Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“It’s so lonely when you don’t even know yourself.” – Unknown

“Remember we’re all in this alone” – Lily Tomlin

“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” – Octavio Paz

“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.” – Albert Einstein
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Innocence

Innocence evolves into integrity.

BABY ELEPHANT - Masai Mara, Kenya
BABY ELEPHANT – Masai Mara, Kenya

Quotes to consider:

“The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.” – William Shakespeare

“Innocence plays in the backyard of ignorance” – Proverb

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Continue reading

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Fear

Fear has its function.

ELEPHANT CHARGE - Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana
ELEPHANT CHARGE – Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” – Unknown

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” – Unknown

“Every man is afraid of something. That’s how you know he’s in love with you; when he is afraid of losing you.” – Unknown Continue reading

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Failure

Failure is a stepping-stone to success.

TUSSLING ELEPHANTS - Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
TUSSLING ELEPHANTS – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven-Göran Eriksson

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb Continue reading

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Leadership

Leader ↔ Follower

AFRICAN ELEPHANTS - Masai Mara, Kenya
AFRICAN ELEPHANTS – Masai Mara, Kenya

Quotes to consider:

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

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Power

Power isn’t merely a matter of size, but rather of substance and how it’s applied.

ANGRY AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
ANGRY AFRICAN ELEPHANT – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” – Lao Tzu

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.” – Blaise Pascal

“The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while” – Albert Einstein Continue reading

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