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We return to the coast of South Africa – enjoy!
We shall continue/complete the set next Tuesday.
Today, pictures from valued commenter Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes.
The headlong rush….
Smells a bit, though.
Off the coast and close to Cape Town, over 60,000 seals live on Seal Island (along with a few penguins and sea birds).
Their cycle is wrapped around their seasonal breeding patterns. During months like October and November, the pups are small and stay close to the rock – as the mature and not the juvenile stage in late January and February, they get reckless and venture out. This juvenile period is when the great white sharks know to come around.
Approaching as we did, against the wind, they were calm and in some instances, even curious. Once we cycled to a point where we were upwind of them, they flipped out on our approach.
Relaxed seals, we were downwind.
I have about a dozen of these – they all tend to be similar.
Eventually, we left Cape Town for another few days of safari in Madikwe, a game preserve in the northern part of South Africa, a few miles south of the Botswana border.
Game drives here started earlier, at 5:30 am. You woke, got coffee and we’re out the door, stopping mid drive for coffee, Amarula and biscuits. A full breakfast awaited at the lodge. In the evenings, drives would stop close to sunset, and the guides would make sundowners; usually gin, wine or whiskey along with snacks before returning for dinner.
This baby was really neat. He was on full display of his might!
This was one of my favorites – a young leopard next to these gorgeous flowers
This was some of the toughest photography I tried – occasionally, I got one.
Light was perfect
This guy was neat.
I didnt include the half eaten impala next to her.
These guys are feral, really dangerous and impossible to domesticate. This particular pack has been decimated by an outbreak of rabies.
This little brat was irritating his whole herd by trumpeting and harassing them all, when he noticed us and thought he’d play act at being a bull.
In a lion pride, juvenile males will stay with the group until sexual maturity kicks in and the juvenile ousted.
The son was nagging the crap out of his dad for attention; I’d have bitten him.
Thank you so much Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes, do send us more when you can.
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