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Pending Trip of a Lifetime with Hills of Africa Travel!

Soul Safari 2009
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

‘Thank you, Amy, for your excellent suggestion!’ Because of it, we’ve become a group within a group. Threaded together through our shared passion for photography, we’re allocated our own vehicle. Oh, the lush abandon of unreserved agreement to linger with wildness! Indulgence permeates our journey like French perfume. We’ve barely left the lodge when we spot our first subject. My heartbeat accelerates. This is unusual. Sitting a seat away from Dave, I feel his same response. All hands on board close around cameras.

The Martial Eagle rests on a bare branch, eyeing our every move. Marc manoevres the Land Cruiser so that the sun bathes our backs. A flurry of whispered questions fires from the back, fielded by him and Dave in the front. Brand experts both, they support Canon and Nikon respectively. Not that the raptor cares. It perches just long enough to allow an explosion of shutter clicks, like popcorn passing its eruption point. Huge wings unfurl for a preliminary hop. Then with a mighty flap, the bird is airborne, becoming a small speck on a distant tree. Never to be erased from memory, digital or otherwise.

MARTIAL EAGLE ABOUT TO TAKE OFF – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MARTIAL EAGLE ABOUT TO TAKE OFF – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MARTIAL EAGLE IN FLIGHT – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MARTIAL EAGLE IN FLIGHT – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Here’s the group of photographers, brilliantly guided by Marc, with Dave fooling around! Amy is the lovely lady second from right 🙂

PHOTOGRAPHERS – Soul Safari 2009, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

. . . and the whole happy tribe!

SOUL SAFARI 2009 – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

That raptor sighting was one of countless magical moments on Hills of Africa Travel’s Soul Safari 2009, with Oprah-featured psychic, Ainslie MacLeod. Dave and I were fortunate to be the official photographers, documenting what was truly a trip of a lifetime. Perhaps this video clip of Day 3 explains it more fully, starting with the eagle taking off:

NOW FOR THE GREAT NEWS: Our friends at Hills of Africa are planning another dream adventure for Sep-Oct 2011, also including Madikwe and Cape Town. This one will feature personal participation with Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, the ‘Spiritual Program Director for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and an esteemed expert of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, and integrative medicine’. Read about all the AWESOME details here: Awakening Inspiration Safari – with our heart-felt recommendation!

To summarize in Dr Ellerby’s words: “At the end of this amazing safari, participants will be culturally enriched and spiritually inspired to live a life they love.”

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Uruguay vs Ghana quarter-final (Audio & Video)

WHAT a game! WHAT an experience, from the moment we boarded Metrorail in Johannesburg, en route to Soccer City. African energy ROCKS! A huge hand to the organizers too. Everything ran smooth as silk, and we’re talking 84017 spectators! I … Continue reading

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Loafing is a necessary luxury.

It gives rise to inspiration.

Quotes to consider:

“To loaf is a science, to loaf is to live” – Honore de Balzac

“Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse.” – Christopher Morley

“It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all” – James Thurber

“In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.” – Jacques Barzun
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Books are like children . . .

‘They come through us, but not from us’ – to paraphrase Kahlil Gibran from his jewel of a book, The Prophet. This concept is echoed in Julia Cameron‘s brilliant handbook for creativity, The Artist’s Way. Her first ‘Rule of the … Continue reading

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Inspiration is the wind beneath the soul’s wings.

MARTIAL EAGLE ON TAKE-OFF – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

We fly infinitely higher when inspired by something greater than ourselves.

Quotes to consider:

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn

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

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
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Quality Quotations

Just want to give a great big shout-out to three wonderful websites that share the world’s collective wisdom: http://www.thinkexist.com http://www.wisdomquotes.com http://www.brainyquote.com Your content is a source of continual inspiration. Thank you!

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Here is a quote that’s simply too beautiful not to share: “A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa. I found it at the folllowing wonderful website, which I’ll be visiting often…and you may also love: http://www.inspirational-quotations.com. Enjoy … Continue reading

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Meditate…and then some!

Admittedly, it takes serious discipline to meditate daily, and I don’t often manage it. But I did, for a few weeks, when I first decided to write a book. The inspiration that flooded in was spontaneous and spectacular. In my … Continue reading

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If you need help – ask.

If you’re looking for inspiration, and connection to creative resources, here’s a great site: http://www.creativity-portal.com. Early along the road to writing my first novel, OUT OF AIR, I hit a creative wall and typed ‘inspiration please help!’ into Google, which … Continue reading

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“Yes, we can!”

Thank you, President Obama, for your stirring message. It came to mind this morning during a challenging gym session, and it helped!

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