Author: Cheryl King

Rainbow Lorikeets – Our Noisy Neighbours

One of the first birds I saw when I visited Devan in Sydney last year was a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets.  I labeled them ‘Our Noisy Neighbours” as they screeched and chattered while I enjoyed my early morning coffee. It’s easy to see why they’re called ‘rainbow’ lorikeets.  They have almost all the colours of a rainbow.  Their heads are blue/mauve, their backs deep green and they have orange/yellow breasts with a yellow collar on their necks.  Added to that, they have red wing coverts when they fly. God must have been in playful mood when he designed these...

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MAKULEKE’S BOABAB HILL BUSH HOUSE

Makuleke’s Boabab Hill Bush Lodge was our home for 5 whole days.  We were able to explore every nook and cranny in this magnificent wilderness.  The game vehicle provided along with a guide took us along all the alluring dust roads branching off the main road where ‘ordinary’ people are not permitted to go. They can only drive along the tar road that crosses the Luvubu River to Pafuri Gate.   Does this mean I was no longer ordinary? Any visitor to this pristine exciting wilderness will not feel ordinary, and I can vouch for that. Don’t be misled, we...

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Out of this World

This weeks Photo Challenge is ‘Out of the World’.    We needed to share a picture that takes us on a journey into the unknown. My favourite pastime is walking along nature paths scouring the sky and trees for birds.  One morning while hiking through the ancient fig forest in Ndumu Game Reserve, my eye fell on a bright green leaf lying on the forest floor.  It was unusually bright compared to the more dull leaves around us. As I approached it suddenly burst open to reveal this was no leaf.  It was beautiful insect and I was privy...

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Share my World : 26 February 2018

Thank you Cee for Share My World – here is my contribution. Here’s my contribution this week.  Apologies I have not been here for a while.     What are you reading right now? I have just completed Ken Follett’s ‘A Column of Fire’, the third book of the Knightsbridge series.   It’s a marathon of a read, but an enthralling story of the people living in a fictional city during the 1500’s. Now I’m about to start ‘In the Month of the Midnight Sun’ by Cecilia Ekback.  Can’t comment as I’ve only just started.   What was your first...

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BOABABS – GIANTS OF THE AFRICAN LANDSCAPE

Just like the call of an African Fish Eagle, the roar of a lion as the sun sets over an African plain, I think the Boabab (Adansonia digitate) embodies Africa. Makuleke, the wildest and most remote part of Kruger National Park is famous for its magnificent birds (including the elusive Pels Fishing Owl), and breathtaking landscapes.  It’s a true wilderness, and (in my opinion), the land of Boababs.   Baobabs have many strange and different shapes.    Each is unique and mystical.  When they have no leaves their branches look like roots sticking up, probably this is why they are often...

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