Saturday, January 31, 2009
They have the most amazing face. Long, long dark lashes and a looong purple tongue. The better to eat with.... When you see the enormous thorns that the leaves they eat are stuck in between, they need some dexterity in the tongue department:) Did you know that a group of giraffes are called a journey of giraffes? It is very apt. The way their necks move when they walk brings to mind a ship moving over the a quiet ocean. It is a very strange creature, a testament to how nature bends itself to suit the surroundings.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Did you know that a herd of rhinos are actually called a crash of rhinos? How fitting:) They do kind of crash their way through the forest. This little one finally decided to make his apperance after we had spent an hour looking for him! Water buffalo, one of the 5 big ones. Love the hairdo:)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Where is everybody? I feel so lonely....
Maybe if I go here....
Here they are! :) These are African Penguin (or Jackass Penguins as their original name was, but I guess that became a little bit embarassing after a while. At least for some of the tourists.) These live on Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula. You can find them other places too, like on Robben Island. I just can't get over the fact that there are penguins in Africa! Of all places. I feel they must have originated in Antarctica at one point, and then a few of them decided that it was too cold for them there. Here they have the best of two worlds - whenever it gets too hot on the beach, they can get a nice and ice cold bath.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Hard to believe I was in the middle of summer a little over a week ago.... sigh... So I use these pictures to remind me of the beautiful flowers we saw all over in Cape Town. And to make myself remember there will be summer here, too, in five or so months:)
Friday, January 16, 2009
This was the sister. She did not even look up at us as we came barging down the road. My favourite was this guy, the 'alpha male'.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Older, single elephant males would sometimes get incredibly grouchy, for ... obvious... reasons, and the ranger proceeded to tell us that he had once seen such an elephant 'defending' his lake against a tortoise, making himself big and threatening, and sending cascades of water towards the poor animal, telling him in no uncertain terms that the lake was his! What did the tortois do, then? He just kept walking until he got around the elephant and continued into the lake. Size doesn't always matter:)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Never, ever in my whole life did I ever thought I would be close enough to a wild cheetah to hear it purring! Frankly, I did not even knew they did purr. They do, however, and they do it in a way that no other cat animals does: on both in and out breath. Well, according to our ranger, and I guess he would know:)I l ove cats. I can tolerate dogs, those I like, but I have yet to meet a cat I don't like. When we came across this cheetah mother with her two adolescent cubs they had just felled an impala, and the cubs where eating while the mother was on constant watch. She wasn't bothered by us, though. As a big lump of metal we were not considered a danger. Her biggest enemies are lions, so she hunts during the day to stay out of their way.
When she started to eat, that was when I heard it: the purr, the constant purr. We were that close. I don't have a fancy camera with a mile long lens, mine is a three year old digital compact with 3.5x. So this is how close we really was.I wish I could have taped that purr.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
He did not like us taking pictures, though. He got a little huffy and dived like a big submarine and dissappeared. We could follow his trail out in the pond by the bubbles popping up, followed by the mud he dislodged as he walked along the bottom of the pond. He ended our visits by getting up off the pond to graze, sending us a long look while we waved him goodbye. 'Ah, finally these little pests are leaving me alone. Good riddance,' was probably his final thought as we left.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Stranger than that, this picture is taken from Robben Island, the prisoner island. Heartbreaking view for the prisoners. This is on top of Table Mountain. A wonderful view. I am, however, afraid of heights.... Fortunately the cable cart only takes five minutes up, and it is quite tolerable if you close your eyes:) This place, however..... brr.... but it does prove I made it up there!We took in the sunset up there. You get so turned around at that place, north is not where you think it should be. And even if it is over +20C down in the city, it blows a harsh, cold wind up there. Several people had sunset picnicks up there, but we frail Norwegians found it too cold to stay there very long. And to be honest, with the fog coming in we were terrified we would get stuck having to walk down!:)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I have returned from two weeks in South Africa. Two weeks of sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, except from my friends wedding day (more about that later), wonderful sights, safari and wild animals and just plain good times! Just what I needed at this time in my life. It is hard to be back home where it is cold, cold, cold, having to deal with a car that wont start - my immediate problem, and being unemployed - my biggest problem. But I will be able to live a long time on the memories and the pictures. I will be sharing with you all, whether you like it or not:) Soon!