Saturday, August 10, 2013

On The Road

A selection of images from The Road - most taken during a recent trip:


The Outjo Maower - this Cool Cat and his Donkeys were nowhere to be seen ...

... he'd probably gone looking for help after suffering a Blowout.


Hmmm, I wonder if I should translate that message?

Ok ... it says "I've got a F#%*ing Reputation" - in other words, he's The Man!


A family of Warthog scramble under a fence, startled by the approach of the car.


Entrance sign at Camp Mara - the Metal Birds depict a species of Parrot endemic to the area.


This Kudu Bull jumped two fences then crossed the road and jumped another ...

... this jumping habit of theirs is especially dangerous at night and results in many road accidents.


Desert Balloon flights - I'd love to go on one but they're way too expensive.


A Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk feeds on roadkill - it has obviously been captured by Researchers at some time - notice the Ring on it's leg.


A Sociable Weavers' Nest forms a Cradle in a desert Tree - makes me feel like singing a Lullaby to them ...


A pair of Bat-eared Foxes warily watch the passing car.


A wreck in the Desert - it looks like the car rolled before catching fire - someones Namibian Vacation in ruins.

Driving on Gravel can be treacherous - especially for the inexperienced.


'World's End' a Guest Farm in the Desert.

'Biltong' is dried meat, similar to American 'Jerky' - Namibia is a Carnivore's Paradise.


A Mad Max type vehicle - it appears to have pumping equipment mounted on the back.


A Cheetah runs away from the Road - it was after Sunset and I only managed a few blurry shots.

Daughter Megan is arriving in Cape Town from London this weekend and I'm fetching her from there - my Internet connection will be sporadic for awhile ...

Take care Friends.

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51 comments:

  1. If there is one thing I am always carful of at night then it is those kudu's. They seem to appear out of nowhere. I did a hotair balloon flight one time and it was fantastic but you are right, they charge the earth for them now.

    Have a fun time with your daughter Graham.

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    1. Thanks Joan - many years ago I was passenger in a Combi which hit a Kudu one night, thankfuly nobody was hurt but the vehicle was a write-off ...

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  2. For a minute I wondered if Mad Max was outfitted with Google Earth photographing equipment.

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    1. hehe Joanne ... that wouldn't be too surprising - Google seems to be everywhere ...

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  3. The shot of that Kudu Bull is magnificent! And the rest are the kind of road trip shots I love. All we scared away this morning, well, Samson did, was two coyotes. But, I tell you, that dog was so proud of himself! Have fun with your daughter. I will now go and read your previous post.

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    1. Thanks Inger - I can just imagine how proud Samson was when he protected his Mama from those bad Coyotes ... :)

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  4. Great shots. Namibia is on the list for 2014. Enjoy your company.

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    1. Thanks Gaelyn - Namibia is looking forward to your visit ... :)

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  5. Thanks for the ride--I enjoyed the trip!!

    Have a wonderful visit with Megan!!

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    1. Thanks Fran - we're heading North through the Desert to my home this weekend ...

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  6. Hi Graham .. such a wonderful selection of typical Namibia - love the photos. Great photo of the Kudu bull ..

    Enjoy seeing Megan and spending time with her ... happy holidays!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary - Meg hasn't been home for two years and I certainly am enjoying our time together ...

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  7. Your blog is like entering into a different world...Love the shots again :)

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    1. Thanks Monica - I'm begining to realise that we all exist in the same world but live in different dimensions ... I don't really know what I mean but, there you have it ... :)

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  8. I'm glad to see that Mad Max vehicle just has a winch on it instead of a machine gun. That Kudu bull would be deadly to run into. Looks much heavier than our deer and those do plenty of damage to evening drivers around this area.

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    1. hehe yeah Bill ... I'm glad we don't see much war equipment on our roads anymore - yes those Kudu cause numerous deaths on our roads ...

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  9. Wonderful photos! You've captured some great shots of animals in "flight". I'd love to try some biltong if and when I should get to Namibia. I love dried meat. Have a wonderful visit with your daughter

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    1. Thanks Penny - yes, Namibian biltong is much sought after - Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and Beef are the most popular types available ... Oryx is my fave ...

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  10. So always love looking into your world, need to make a better habit of it, Keep on keeping on!

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    1. Nice to hear from you again Rose - I hope all is well in your world ...

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  11. Wonderful pix, Graham! Especially the amazing kudu leaping over the fence!
    Hope you're having a ball with your daughter! I envy you!

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    1. Thanks Jeffery - the Kudu jumped three fences in total and I was lucky enough to get shots of all three jumps ...

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  12. Graham there some fantastic photos here and that one of the Kudu in the air is amazing. Also interesting to see that the Goshawk is ringed, I wonder where it was done and how far it may have travelled.

    Enjoy your time with Megan, see you in due course, take care Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - it may even have been ringed here in Namibia ... right now I'm spitting mad - I've just heard that more than 500 birds, mostly endangered Vultures, have been poisoned by poachers in the Kavango region - they poisoned the carcass of an elephant they'd poached so that the birds would die on the ground and not attract attention to their crime ...

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    2. That is horrific, it just makes me want to cry. I cannot believe human beings can be so heartless. Animals in general are so much nicer than many humans! People wonder why I like my own company so much, if there is an animal around they make much more faithful friends with a few exceptions.

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    3. Indeed Diane - I also prefer the company of animals to that of most people ...

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  13. We were in the Outjo area (and a few other parts of Namibia too - see North to Outjo | Notes from underground) a couple of months ago, and one thing that struck us was that the kudu warning signs of 40 years ago seem to have been replaced by warthog signs, and we saw far more warthogs than kudu along the roads.

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    1. Indeed Steve - on a recent trip north I saw hundreds of Warthogs along the road verges and, in fact, witnessed an oncoming car hitting one ...

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  14. I'm sorry I've been out of touch for so long - but I continue to look at your lovely pictures and enjoy them.
    Caroline

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    1. Thanks for stopping bye Caroline - I understand your absence from Blogylon ...

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  15. LOL... better not to translate the quotes. I have been in a wild jungle for photography. Your blog post reminded me of those days. Pretty nice, I enjoyed reading this article. Thank you onestonedcrow for taking your time and writing it down for us.

    Best Regards,
    Arnold Brame
    Health And Safety Training Peterborough

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Arnold

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  16. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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    1. Thanks for your visit and greeting RW & SK

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  17. I hope you had a safe trip to Cape Town and a good visit with Meg. Wonderful photos as always - Im looking forward to seeing the next batch :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments on this, and previous posts Sue ... I'll be back on-line in about a monthh ...

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  18. Hi Graham, I haven't seen you in a long while. I hope you are doing okay. I just want to send you my warm thoughts for a wonderful holiday season. Wherever you may be and whatever condition you find yourself in, know that there are many in the blogosphere who think of you as a friend. Blessings and I hope to see you in the New Year. Joyful in Canada

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    1. Hey Penny - thanks so much for your kind greeting - i wish you everything of the best for the new Year ...

      ... I'm well and I've travelled quite a few miles in the last few months and am not quite ready yet to resume blogging ... I'm going back north Monday after tomorrow to do some more work on the house ...

      I hope that you're in good health and spirits and that you had a great holiday season

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  19. Happy New year Graham , miss your posts…hope all is well.

    Take care
    Monica

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    1. Hey Happy new year to you too Monica - may it be a good one - I am well and hope you are too - hope to post again in a few weeks time

      fond Regards :)

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  20. Hello, Graham
    I've thought of you several times recently, too. Glad you are well, and look forward to hearing from you when you have time.
    Joanne

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    1. Thanks Joanne - hope that you are well too ,,,I'll post again soon I hope ...

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  21. New post or not I do hope you keep this blog up here. I really enjoy the photos.
    all the best

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    1. Thanks Bill - hope you're OK too - perhaps I'll get it together sometime and post again ....

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  22. Hi Graham! It has been a long time outta here. But I come back and find those wonderful photographs, as when I left. Hope you are doing fine. Keep on blogging friend! Best regards!

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  23. What a beautiful blog I just came over from Joy ful!Africa is a dream to me living up in the cold north.

    greetings Anita

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    1. Thanks for your comment and greeting Anita - I hope that your dream comes true someday ... :)

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