In the still of the night…. preparing for work…   18 comments

As i sit in front of the thin box preparing for the day to start.. I keep thinking of what you are all up to – In the still of the night -

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Posted August 7, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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Ver in die ou Kalahari…. far in the old Kalahari….   21 comments

Jim Reeves sang a song titled “Old Kalahari”, not sure how many of you know of the song or for that matter Jim Reeves. But here are a few lines of the song ‘cause that is where I am and busy, busy, busy….

Ver in die Ou Kalahari daar sing die Boere so (far in the old Kalahari the farmers are singing thus) 
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo (Give us the old Kalahari, the old Kalahari is tops)
In misty plains all around me the burning sun and sand
Lovely and peacful surroundings my old Kalahari land

Sonbesies sing in jou bosse die hittige son te versmaai (Sun Beetles sing in the bushes the suns heat to scorn)
Rooi Afrikaner-osse sien jy om elke draai (Red Afrikaner Oxen to be seen around every turn) 
Ver in die Ou Kalahari tot daar in die Molopo (Far in the old Kalahari up there in the Molopo)
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo (Give us the old Kalahari, the old Kalahari is tops)

When I am called on safari by him whom I cannot deny
I pray that the old Kalahari will be part of that land in the sky.

Well that is where I am and I have a contract to complete here, so I might not be around for a while, but will pop in when I can… saw this bird this morning and had to capture it for you all…..

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Posted August 5, 2014 by bulldog in Photography, Thoughts of the Bulldog

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How low can you go… or how near can you get…   42 comments

I promised a few close ups of the Buffalo that we saw the other day and here they are… I’d parked on the same side of the road as them as they lay calmly in the grass and I love to capture something different… so look out this is the sharp end of a buffalo…

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Posted July 31, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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“Ag Pleez Mamma wont you let me haz a drink….”   53 comments

This young buffalo was doing his best to get his mother to stand for a drink…. I think she was ignoring him as a weaning tactic… but it was amusing and interesting to capture on camera… he ended lying on top of her like a puppy or lion cub would do on their mothers….

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One can almost see the pleading by the youngster… and the last photo, momma seems to be saying an emphatic “NO !!!”

Posted July 30, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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“Horns in the Grass”… but beware of one in your ——-   76 comments

You might have realised that I have a love relationship with Buffalos… their power, tenacity in the face of lions and their look of absolute contentment fascinates me….

But when you find them like this lying in the winter grass I can only think of one title and that is the one I’ve used above….

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So here is my “Horns in the Grass”…. a different photographic perspective…..

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Posted July 29, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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Run a little… ride a bike…. and then run some more…   60 comments

Momentum Life have come up with a series of Saturday races for those so inclined to rather do this than spend an hour on a psychiatrists couch….

It is a run of 5 kilometres ( 3,125 miles) then a bicycle ride of 30 kilometres (18,75 miles) then another run of 2,5 kilometres ( 1,56 miles)…. now none of these distances seem all that far, but, and its a big BUT, the elevations one goes up and down vary by 500 metres ( about 1550 feet)….

Now I think you realise why I say they should rather see a psychiatrist….

Nearing the end of the race there is a dam crossing that one can attempt on a floating walkway, or, you can take the chicken run across the dam wall…. fortunately for me some decided on the floating path and I was there to take the photos…

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All looked good and this photo shows the thousands of idiots that wanted to attempt this race…

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My SiL was one of those… I was not there for the race, I have more brains with plenty of life savvy… but I was there to see someone fall in the water… and some obliged….

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Some got chicken and turned back……

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But I just loved the scenery and all that came with it…..

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The area where they raced had all this wild life on the property and it was interesting to see wildebeest running to get out of the way of runners/ cyclists/ runners……

Posted July 28, 2014 by bulldog in Photography, Thoughts of the Bulldog

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Springbok… an animal of a few colours…   61 comments

The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = goat.

So we have a fast moving, high jumping springing goat….. But what I saw at an outing with my SiL was for me a first….

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Their colouring consists of a pattern of white, reddish/tan and dark brown. Their backs are tan-coloured and they are white beneath, with a dark brown stripe extending along each side from the shoulder to inside the thigh. The face is white in adults, with a dark patch on the forehead, and a stripe running from just above the eyes to the corner of the mouth……

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There are three variations in the colour of springbok pelage. In addition to the normal-coloured springboks there are also black and white morphs. Although born jet black, adult "black" springboks primarily have two shades of chocolate-brown and a white marking on the face…..

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The springbok was a national symbol of South Africa under white minority rule (including a significant period prior to the establishment of apartheid). It was adopted as a nickname or mascot by a number of South African sports teams, most famously by the national rugby team. It appeared on the emblems of the South African Air Force, the logo of South African Airways (for which it remains their radio call sign) and It also featured as the logo of ‘South Africa’s Own Car’, the Ranger, in the early 1970s.

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After the demise of apartheid, the African National Congress government decreed that South African sporting teams were to be known as the Proteas after the national flower of South Africa. ..

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During the Second Boer War, a Boer force attempting to sneak up on the Royal Canadian Dragoons was defeated after their movements startled the nearby springbok, thus alerting the Canadian sentries, which is why the Dragoons have the springbok as their cap badge and as their mascot…..

Posted July 27, 2014 by bulldog in Photography, Thoughts of the Bulldog

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