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Home :-(
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 3:40pm
Home :-(

Picture in the Horse and Hound of Larry en route to winning an International competition in the good old days!

Hey everybody,

Back at home and up to my old tricks already as I've got a horse again. Still gradually updating the photos, but putting more effort into getting a full time job I'm afraid! Watch this space though, I have added some fabulous photos from Nepal and there is amazing ones to come from Africa. Photos are displayed in reverse order of countries I visited, but are in the order they were taken within each country!

Take Care, Gem x

N.B. I seem to have lots of photos of scenery and animals, I seem to missed out on photos of people a lot. This is partly due to the fact that many people required money for their photo, and believe me they wanted more than a few pence for this pleasure! Its a shame that in a lot of countries people were not happy about cameras, as the best moments would have been when they didn't know they were being photographed. As another excuse, people are also incredibly difficult to photograph, I'm not that good!

RECENTLY ADDED PHOTOS: NEPAL, INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA NOW COMPLETE

Sat, 12 Aug 2006 3:39pm

As I have so many photos it became easier to upload them onto an online album. So I have used picasa. Click on the link below and you should be taken to the albums for SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, MALAWI

I Couldn't Resist....
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 3:38pm
I Couldn't Resist....

Molly, one of our Chocolate and White collies had pups in early December, I couldn't resist putting a cute photo of one on my website!

KENYA
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 1:07pm
KENYA
THAT ELUSIVE LEOPARD!!!
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:59pm
THAT ELUSIVE LEOPARD!!!

Finally, after 7 weeks, found the last of the Big Five in Samburu NP!!!

Flamingoes- Lake Nakuru NP
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:57pm
Flamingoes- Lake Nakuru NP

Here you go Jenny- flamingoes, about 2 million of them! And they're pink, well most of them anyway. There were lots of dead ones on the shores though.

Wildebeest Migration- Masai Mara
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:55pm
Wildebeest Migration- Masai Mara

Part of the migration, better photos of the river crossing to come on next CD!

And a Happy Hippo...
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:52pm
And a Happy Hippo...

Look carefully, I swear that hippo's smiling.....

TANZANIA
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:51pm
TANZANIA
Cheetah
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:50pm
Cheetah

Seen in Ngorongoro Crater, an ace place, despite the weather!

Lion King (Well Queen anyway)
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 12:48pm
Lion King (Well Queen anyway)

Not the best picture i have of a lion, but at least she's trying to look like she's in the film!

SOUTH AFRICA
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:24pm
SOUTH AFRICA

I travelled through South
Africa with Cat, a friend from back in the Pony Club days (I love to embarrass her) for 3 weeks. First we to see her boyfriend's brother James, who is living near Jo'burg, and was the perfect host. That was fun, with the added true South African experience; the security scare, a common occurence in the Jo'burg area! From there we headed across the Mpumalanga region into into SA's most famous wildlife park, Kruger. Unfortunately the big cats were hiding but we had an excellent time anyway, seeing loads of other animals.
From Jo'burg we flew to Port Elizabeth on the South Coast to save time, and spent a few days with the brummy lads we met in Kruger- hi to Ed and Pete! Then we headed quickly down the garden route, seeing some of the first whales to come to the coast this year and drinking fine wine at the Stellenbosch vinyards. Lastly we came to Cape Town and had fantastic weather for climbing Table Mountain- thats two mountains I've climbed now! We also visited the most Southern tip of the African continent, the Cape of Good Hope. Unfortunately then Cat left me to fly home, but then I headed off on my overland tour to Nairobi. No rest for the wicked!!!

Compressed Mud Walls
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:23pm
Compressed Mud Walls

The reason James' Msc took him out to South Africa - building houses out of compressed mud. Its complicated after that.....

James and his traditional mask...
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:23pm
James and his traditional mask...

Hmmmm?!

The family....
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:23pm
The family....

The wonderful family we stayed with James, interesting photo though!

Cat and I
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:22pm
Cat and I

Not looking so hot there Gem- I hate photos

Bourke's Luck Potholes, Mpumalanga
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:21pm
Bourke's Luck Potholes, Mpumalanga

Where the Blyde River ("river of joy") and the Treur River ("river of sorrow") meet, water erosion has formed one of the most remarkable geological phenomena: Bourke's Luck Potholes. Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water, when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris, have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks.

The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.

Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:20pm
Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 26 kilometers in length and about 800 meters deep, mostly consisting of red sandstone. It is the third largest canyon in the world and is known as one of the great wonders of nature in Africa.

The 'Three Rondavels' are huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people. The Canyon is also part of the famous Panorama route.

God's Window
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:19pm
God's Window

Obscured by me and Cat- sorry!

The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa's prime wildlife destinations. From this Escarpment - a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs - opens a vista into a plush forest the Eden-like esthetic appearance of which prompted the name. It is possible to see over the Kruger National Park right into neighbouring Mozambique on a clear day.
Sign from a garbage can at God's Window

God's Window played an important role in the plot of the 1980 cult film The Gods Must Be Crazy. Near the end of the movie, the Bushman character Xi travelled to God's Window, believing it to be the end of the Earth, and threw a Coke bottle from the escarpment. The bottle, which Xi had found near the beginning of the movie, set the plot into motion, and the movie focused heavily on his reactions to Western civilization as he traveled from his clan's home to God's Window.

Curios
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:18pm
Curios

There were curios (craft) stalls everywhere we visited for the tourists. As we were travelling in winter, they were very persistent in trying to make a sale! I love these wooden carved giraffes, I'd love one as tall as a room!

Our Hut
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:16pm
Our Hut

Typical accommodation, South Afican tribe style. We had a fantastic traditional meal with pap (boiled flour and water) and traditional dancing before staying the night in here. Only trouble is, its actually quite chilly in winter!

Cheetah
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:14pm
Cheetah

Unfortunately not seen in the wild but in a Cheetah Sanctuary. they are beautiful animals all the same! This sanctuary does its best to re-release the fit cheetahs back to the wild. If they are given stray cubs to raise, they teach them to kill their own food and monitor them before they are released.

African Wild Dogs
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:14pm
African Wild Dogs

Very rare in the wild, the only opportunity we had to see Wild Dogs was in a sanctuary. They have huge ears and are the only species in the canine family to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. The Latin name of the species means painted wolf and it is characteristic of the species that no two individuals have the same pattern of coat.

Vulture
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:12pm
Vulture

I think its a vulture anyway, I haven't dug out my notes from this part yet!

Bone Graveyard
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 1:10pm
Bone Graveyard

The vultures are responsible for cleaning every last scrap of meat off these bones left by the keepers when the carnivorous animals have finished with them.

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