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Visiting Etosha National Park, in Namibia, I had still not seen a cheetah on this trip.  Well, jackpot! Came upon this family near the road and not far from Etosha Pan (a truly enormous playa, or dried up lakebed).  Only one other truck, a videographer, was there, and we were treated to beautiful light as the day waned and the cheetahs roused themselves from lazing around. Mom scanned the plain for potential dinner while the babies lay at the edge of the road fighting sleep.  She made that little sound that momma cats make when they call their young, and they reluctantly followed her into the grassy bush.  What a great experience.  I feel so lucky.  My African adventure is drawing to a close however, and I can’t for the life of me think of a more awesome, crazy, frustrating, beautiful place that would top this 3 months on the “dark” continent.

Posted December 20, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Posted December 19, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A striking contrast in Namibia, which I’m finding is a land of contrasts more than a desert country – if you look close enough.  Both shots in the southern part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  Frog is floating free in a pond along a beautiful stream I hiked as part of a 17-km. loop in the Naukluft Mountains.  The dunes are near Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert not far from the mountains.  What a landscape, Namibia!  Especially for a geologist like me.

Posted December 13, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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In Namibia, and the first day or so had some rain, which ended with a spectacular sunset, complete with rainbow.  Then visited the Sesriem/Sossusvlei area, and I have never in my life seen sand dunes any where near this size!  They are really mountains of sand!

Posted December 11, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A couple life in the bush shots. A group of youngsters lines up for a good ear cleaning by a busy oxpecker, & another busy creature, a dung beetle, rolling his prize with great determination (and strength – I had him push against me for a second). These were both captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Posted December 7, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A beautiful day in Cape Town, I got too much sun ‘cause the fresh climate by the sea here meant I didn’t have to hide from the sun, as is the case nearly everywhere I’ve been in southern Africa (at least this time of year). I walked along the tidepool and kelp-studded coastline near my hotel (Sea Point area), then drove down to Hout Bay, where a fine beach is located.  The seals were surfing the waves and fishing.  Then just north of Hout Bay I walked down near sunset, and there was a wreck, not visible from the road.  As night fell, I made a little side-trip up to Signal Mountain.  From there, an illuminated Table Mountain looms over the lights of Cape Town.  Tomorrow the southernmost tip of this continent, the Cape of Good Hope.

Posted December 4, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Kruger National Park is most definitely the best place to see rhino that I’ve been in southern Africa, especially white rhino.  They of course have two natures, the one displayed in the top picture is how they are most of the time, either napping or grazing peacefully.  The second image is how they are when you get too close to them.  This one might just be curious, but I didn’t hang out long enough to find out for sure.

Posted December 3, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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