got my safari on. again.

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What kind of expat would I be if I lived in South Africa and didn’t safari as much as possible? A sad one. And what is Land of Nams without a good dose of wildlife photography? Being close to wild animals never gets old. (Okay, it got a little old- since P is now officially a birder. He has a book and everything. A thiiick book.)

We went to Madikwe Game Reserve with my sister and Brian & Kari, lovely friends who were visiting us from Boston. We saw a pack of wild dogs on their morning hunt. Wild dogs are endangered species. And a first! I saw my first wild cheetahs. I don’t have a lot of apex predator firsts anymore and so that was wonderful. Also terrifying wonderful- being in the middle of a pride of 15 lions while they roared away. At night. Observe:

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weekend away in the waterberg

we headed up to Limpopo with our friends for the long weekend (monday was Heritage Day in here in South Africa), to a big house in the Waterberg. after a torturous drive up (friday after-work traffic before a long weekend is never an easy task), we had an idyllic weekend of lazing, swimming, cooking, eating, game playing and even celebrating my birthday a bit. of course there was also a little wine involved and lots of games. i got some sun on my face to get back in the swing of summer and it was nice to relax after almost a solid year of (very cherished) guests. i didn’t take my camera, but a few shots from my iphone were taken- my favorite is of our friend’s dog Ninja who lazily plopped down in the middle of our game of Viking Chess as if it was the most obvious spot in the world to take a rest. thanks to the homies for a great weekend!

the animals of okavango, moremi and chobe

Here are my photos from our safari. I didn’t get my hands on my dad’s huge L lens but good news: he’s letting me borrow it between January and June of next year (there are not many animals to photograph in Minnesota). It was a fun change to safari somewhere outside of South Africa and my favorite pictures are of the crocodiles which were so close, in the magic hour before sunset. Botswana is famous for its elephants, which are everywhere you turn. I’ve never seen so many elephants in my life! Luckily for my parents we got some quality time with lions too.

 

 

botswana, zimbabwe and zambia instagrammed

We had a lovely holiday with my parents through 3 countries and lots of animals. I took lots of shots that still need to be edited but here is what I got on my iphone. We safaried by air, land and sea (mokoro) through the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe, and viewed Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was fun to add countries to our list and log even more safari time (you can never have too much safari) and get up close and personal with crocs, lions, elephants etc. We kept the mosquitos away (but not the spiders, I have a huge nasty bite) and kept cool to boot. There was lots of quality time and great memories.

spring break.

 

Fuschia flowers are blooming on the trees in the backyard and the warm weather is back in South Africa. My parents are visiting us and we’re headed to Botswana to safari in the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe. We’ll also ogle Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe. I’m unplugging for a blissful week (perhaps an errant instagram or two of the wildlife will surface if we come across some wi-fi) and will see you soon. When I come back there will be more diy, Alexander McQueen, and muchos photos from our safari. My dad bought an L series 400mm Cannon lens for himself which I plan on co-opting/commandeering as much as possible. Have a lovely week!

planet earth still has miracles that we haven’t ruined (yet)

I went on safari and all you got were these photos. We took P’s family to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and isiMangaliso for safari, and we went deep sea fishing on the Indian ocean. We caught 7 Yellowfin tuna, and we’ve been eating it in all kinds of ways (mostly raw) since then. I continue to be floored by the flora and fauna we come across in South Africa’s national parks. We saw lions but my lens wasn’t powerful enough for a good shot. Maybe, next year it will be! Also, I made you a little stop motion video of a couple mama rhinos and their babies. Enjoy!

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paper anniversary trip, instagrammed

our first wedding anniversary is coming up in a few days on August 5th, since we’ll be hosting P’s family starting this Friday, we took last weekend to explore the southern tip of Africa. the past year has gone by SO FAST, it feels like we’ve been married closer to a month than a year. we stood at the bottom of the world on different oceans, ate our weight in oysters and champagne and went on a serious hike through a national park next to the ocean where we were alone with dolphins, almost walked into a blue duikker, and caught a glimpse of a Knysna Lourie. to get positively GUSHY: i feel incredibly lucky, sometimes i can’t believe our life is real.

this one of the songs from our wedding. a few of our talented friends performed it and i was in heaven listening to them.