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“Mud, mud, glorious mud!”

This was certainly the case at Madikwe Game Reserve last week. In a show of sympathy for all those devastated by recent floods around the world, Johannesburg and surroundings have been drenched in downpours over the past while. Madikwe is a mere 3-odd hours’ drive from here, and seems to have shared in the rain too.

Luckily for us, we sneaked into a window of great weather and had the BEST time. Well, probably not better than the African Wild Dogs, who made a meal of the left-over puddles:


AFRICAN WILD DOG wallowing in mud – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA


AFRICAN WILD DOGS cavorting in the road – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

It wasn’t all rosy, though, like one morning when a Landcruiser got stuck in the mud 😀 Our ranger saved the day, so we witnessed the good deed:


LANDCRUISER stuck in the mud – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa


BUSH RESCUE – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This was the reason for venturing off-road, which caused it all – understandable really!


TRACKS UNDERWATER – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Later, we struck it lucky, courtesy of more puddles, when two lionesses squatted to drink right beside our vehicle. Tell me it gets any better than this!


LIONESSES drinking – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

There was more magic in store, thanks to the rain. The pan was a sea of yellow flowers:


RHINO & ELEPHANT in a sea of yellow flowers – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

This is our head-ranger mate, Marc (of my previous post fame ;-)), getting down low with his Nikon. Don’t you just love it?


MARC LINDSAY-RAE in action – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

As you can imagine, we had plenty to talk about at the gourmet dinner every evening:


MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE dining area – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

I could carry on, but instead here are links to my Facebook albums, which tell a lot more: Handful of Highlights – MADIKWE, Jan 2011 Playing on the Pan – MADIKWE, Jan 2011

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Preserving Penguins and preventing seasickness…

Those of you who’ve read about My Books, will know that our endangered African Penguins are close to my heart. This stems from childhood, when my late father sailed on our national research ships to the Southern islands and Antarctica, sometimes returning with penguins and seals. Despite the passing decades, I’ll never forget them, nor the pungent cocktail of diesel and oil mixed with the sea, so characteristic of the Cape Town docks. The docks of the old days, before the development of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

So it’s wonderful to learn of support for the world’s penguins. My fabulous Facebook friend, Dyan deNapoli (The Penguin Lady) is in the process of launching her book The Great Penguin Rescue. Documenting a devastating oil spill that threatened 40,000 African Penguins, it will no doubt be a PHENOMENAL read, so take a look! For anyone unfamiliar with these birds, here are some pics of the Boulders Beach colony in Simonstown:


AFRICAN PENGUINS – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUINS – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUIN – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa


AFRICAN PENGUIN – Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Dyan also recently drew our attention to a stunning new website of the Global Penguin Society, which ‘is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species, fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management and community education.’ High five to them for all for their amazing effort!

As an aside about sea travel, Dyan offers invaluable advice for preventing seasickness: ReliefBands. She apparently felt no discomfort during five days of crossing the Drake Passage (to Antarctica and back) on a stabilizer-free ship, while others on board were beyond green. The bands ‘have a metal plate that sits against your wrist and provides an electrical pulse that stimulates a nerve, reducing peristaltic activity in your stomach’.

This recommendation came in response to a query on my Mom’s behalf, as she plans to visit ‘The Ice’ next year, shortly after turning seventy. Hard core women, or what? I can’t take the thought of those hectic seas, preferring to stick much closer to coast-lines, but these bands are a definite for future dive trips! I’ll task my Mom with photography 🙂

And how’s this for a cool side benefit? A user testimonial for ReliefBands mentions going on Adventureland rides that kids adore, with ‘NO ill effects whatsoever’! WOW, if that’s possible, perhaps there’s hope for me to read in cars. Now that would be AWESOME 😀 Continue reading

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There comes a time in everyone’s life…

when they’re forced to part with their favourite pair of jeans. Or for that matter, a preferred profile pic.

The former happened to me on Friday. Crouching down to cuddle our puppies, that trendy little tear on my left thigh screeched South. What is it about guys and demolition? Dave couldn’t resist adding his signature:


EX-FAVOURITE JEANS

The devastation moved me to write a ditty:

ODE TO BLUE JEANS:

Oh, the things we’ve done,
Places we’ve been,
Times we’ve shared,
People we’ve seen

Through it all,
you held me tight,
Tossing you out
doesn’t feel right

Makes me wonder
if the summer line
has a new pair
that will be mine

What the hell,
sorry for you
Out with the Old,
in with the New.

Heartless I know, but when it comes to clothes there’s always retail therapy to help you get over them. Profile pics, on the other hand, are a bit harder to replace. At least with ‘newer’ versions. Make that impossible. Unless of course you cheat and use an ‘older’ one. We just don’t get any younger. Still, they have a way of wearing out. Starting to look jaded, if only from overuse.

In any case, you know how one thing leads to another? The fabulous Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way wrote a post last week about clearing out: Give Your Stuff Away Day ~ 9/25. Then my jeans took their leave, and a friend’s daughter pointed out on Facebook that she needed a new pic. Often it takes the next generation to get us into gear. Thanks Lara 🙂

It’s certainly the way with us. My stepson was the one who introduced us to FB. It’s proved pretty useful, so thanks Michael 🙂 With the impetuousness of youth, he went right ahead and created Dave’s profile. It sat around for ages, until we finally decided to get with the program. That was about eighteen months ago and, horror of outdated horrors, we haven’t changed our profile pics since.

That old story about the mechanic who takes forever to fix his own car? As professional photographers, we’re guilty as charged. So we set our studio up yesterday and snapped a few shots. This is the one we chose of Dave:

I haven’t confessed it before, but I have a fetish. Few things give me greater pleasure than providing a client with their favourite photo. All the better if they use it online. Let’s face it, today’s hippest accessory is the professional profile pic. Ask any social media guru. As for offline branding, I’d go with a sensational pair of jeans. When your photograph can’t speak for you, at least they can do the talking:

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FeverX Endurocross rocks Port Shepstone!

WOW, what an event!! Dave took part in the FeverX X-treme Endurocross, highlight of the Lions Show in Port Shepstone on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal earlier this month. I wielded the camera, partly to capture some of the action, and partly to help calm my nerves, because this one was OVER THE TOP. Huge high five to Denzil Torlage, ace Masters class racer, for setting a killer course. The consensus seems unanimous that this format is set to take off in South Africa, and here’s hoping it does. Spectators will flock!

Some of the most talented enduro riders in the country were there, led by Jade Gutzeit, national championship leader and legend in the making. Not to mention the home-town favourite. I’m so proud of Dave, coming third in the Seniors class, no mean feat considering he was the eldest by far! For anyone who’s unfamiliar with the sport, here’s a short sequence of him tackling some of the obstacles. If it looks tough, trust me it was tougher!

I’m sure you can see why my warrior was exhausted by the end:

. . . but not too tired to take over the camera and show me how action photography should really be done 🙂 This is a shot he took of Jade in winning form!

For a bunch more photo’s, here’s a link to Dave’s Facebook album: FeverX Enduro July 2010.
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More Madikwe Magic

Our recent return to &Beyond‘s Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve was a total treat. It’s impossible to convey the full extent of the magic with only a few photo’s, so for many more highlights, have a look at my Facebook album: Madikwe – June 2010

To kick off with, here’s a pic taken in the early morning at one of the dams.

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Enduro World Cross Country

Dave participated in the first SA enduro of the year on Saturday: the EWXC (Enduro World Cross Country) held at Arrow’s Rest near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg). We took along our cameras to capture some of the mayhem 🙂

Here’s Dave getting ready to race on his Team Pro Action KTM motorbike, not realizing at the time that he’d broken a rib only a few days before…he has a pretty high pain threshold!!

Dave got the hole-shot in the Masters Class, before a sharp rock slashed his tyre during the first lap. This put him out of the race and was most disappointing for him, but surely saved his rib any more harm 🙂

For the rest of the field, though, there was a war to contend with!

A few of the big guns took on the challenge of the extreme enduro event – and boy, was it EXTREME! This is Wild Will Gillitt of www.wildwillracing.com in action. He was also responsible for setting the gnarly EWXC course!

For a look at some more pics, here’s a link to my Facebook album: EWXC Feb 2010
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you all have a delightful day 🙂

We began our celebrations early, with a magic ski trip to Switzerland, where we spent 10 days staying with our special cousins Karen and Hérve and their family, in their stunning chalet at Chandolin. This is a tiny village, high in the Alps, about 3 hours’ drive from Geneva, along a lovely route that passes right beside the lake and into the mountains.

The chalet is named ‘Mang èn la Mang’, which means “Hand in Hand’ in the local dialect. It’s too gorgeous for words:

Here’s a pic of the approach into the village:

And us in the snow:

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The Penguin Lady

Social Media is such an incredible connection gift…that never stops giving! I’ve just come across an amazing person, Dyan deNapoli, on Twitter. According to her Facebook Fan Page (The Penguin Lady), she “presents compelling educational programs about penguin behavior, biology … Continue reading

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Blog Action Day 09

Special thanks to Ida at Ethnic Supplies for the heads-up via Facebook of Blog Action Day 09, which is today! This year’s theme is Climate Change. If you’re a blogger, you may still have time to register your blog at … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

Through a sequence of synchronicity, Dave and I are delighted to be joining Hills of Africa on their phenomenal “Soul Safari” in South Africa next month, as the official photographers. This is a 9-day internal and external journey with celebrated … Continue reading

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