|No camera can capture the magnificent beauty of the landscape!|
Both times we went there last March, we saw elephant dung long before entering the official gates of the park and some of the wild animals in the few kilometers just before entering. There are not fences to keep the animals in the park.
These pictures are from our second trip with Rita and Fletcher on the 30th of March. (More pictures to follow if time and internet allows for the first trip.)
|Our welcome committee at the entrance|
|The Designer of this outfit is a lover of beauty!|
I replied, "Hippo." So we trained our cameras and waited. Sure enough the head came up, but a lot further from the floating part that we expected. So we re-aimed our cameras and zoomed out some and waited again to get the head and body in the photo. WOW. That is one big animal. According to the books, they usually eat at night when it is cooler, but it was overcast a lot this day and we saw many a distance away eating grass along the river and into the fields.
This Fish Eagle didn't pay much attention to us. He was very intent on watching the river for opportunities for breakfast. He did fly a short distance up the river, but well within our view, still. He was beautiful. His colors are amazing. I think he is even more beautiful than the bald eagle of North America.
|African Fish Eagle|
|Helmeted Guinea Fowl|
|Weaver bird and nests hanging over the river|
These Bare-faced Go-away-birds are relatives to turacos. The females and male resemble. They can be noisy from what others tell me, thus their name.
|African Pied Wagtail|
|Magnificent scenery. God is so powerful and majestic.|
|Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver nest colony - Huge tree, huge nests.|
These elephants from a distance looked like great huge red rocks, until they moved. On the previous safari, we saw MANY elephants, but this trip we probably only saw about 15.
|pachyderm after a mud bath|
|Here is a very young giraffe with an older one|
|Road blocked ahead AND...|
|The road is blocked to the right! SHARE THE ROAD!|
|Another two roadblocks. These guys are funny.|
|Here is a closer look - Yellow-billed oxpecker|
|I think this is a thick-knee.|
The sandgrouse are abundant and beautiful. They often are in the road ahead of us and prefer to walk instead of fly. Often they will fly only a short distance. They are beautiful. Something about them speaks "humility" to me. I don't know why exactly.
|Lion or leopard tracks. BIG ONES.|
These lilac-breasted rollers are more magnificent than the camera can capture. When they fly - oh my! They are a beautiful spectacle to behold. They are a magnificent color blue in flight. They are quite abundant in the national parks where they are protected. They are easy to spot in flight and at the top of large bushes.
This monitor lizard was huge. They can be over two meters in length, but they are also FAST. Joshua and I spotted this one as he got off the road quickly. We asked Doug to drive up to where we saw him leave the road. In the tall grass close to the road, I could see there was something. I was hoping it was him and not a big snake. Joshua bravely (or naively) announced, "I'm not afraid of anything. I will scare him out." He said this as he climbed out of the back of the truck. There was a sandy spot on the other side of the grass and Joshua went there and stomped the ground. Nothing happened. Then he found a small twig and threw it into the grass. He thought that wasn't going to work, so he stooped to get the same stick and the lizard came alive. The lizard had been facing where Joshua was standing, so that wasn't his first choice. So he did a turnabout in such a fury that Joshua about had a heart-attack. I think Joshua was more afraid than the lizard. The lizard was lightening fast. He turned his huge body around like a tornado, shot under the truck and was out and going across the road, and disappeared in seconds. I only got ONE picture of him. I should have been taking a video of Joshua. It was SO FUNNY. Joshua kept saying how much he was frightened by the lizard for the next hour! Maybe he is afraid of some things.
|The monitor lizard that scared Joshua|
|Stuck in the mud|
I hope these pictures encourage those who have viewed them to see a glimpse of our Creator in that which He has created. He is a marvelous designer. I am amazed at His love for beauty and diversity! We serve the mighty, awesome Creator God!