photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
This is terrible quality and I know it is not great, but our very first night in Bali after a gap of 26 years we saw a turtle on the beach in Seminyak. I can't believe our luck and we were accompanied by two other women both of whom were as keen as we were to get it back into the water. We were all so relieved when it swam off into the swell.
This whole trip started based around me trekking into the remote Ugandan forests to see the wild Mountain Gorillas. THIS WHOLE TRIP WAS BASED AROUND ME DOING THIS. Unfortunately I just couldn't work Africa in on the first year without it costing me a bunch more money so I missed doing it for my 50th sadly. When I did start my African journey I didn't realise that we would be in Uganda around this time, so when Geoff our fearless leader told me we would be doing Gorilla's around 30th June or 1st July I may have done the "OMG I'm going to the gorilla's on my birthday" dance. It seems very appropriate that I got to have this magestical (yes that's a word) experience on my birthday. Spending an hour in the jungle with these stunningly handsome, intelligence and tolerance creatures was just what my heart desired!
Serengeti provided us with some stunning moments, none more than this amazing pride of 5 lionesses and 14 cubs! Yup 14! We were coming to the end of the day and were on our way back to camp when Tom and Nick spotted a lioness in the grasses to our left. It soon became clear she wasn't on her own and we were so excited about the possiblity of cubs that we stopped and just waited for them, hoping that they would cross the road in front of us. They did - and it soon became obvious they were a HUGE pride. Such an incredible experience to sit and watch the cubs playing and chasing each other while mums tried to rest. They were so excitable that this was the only shot I managed to get with them all in the frame. An incredible way to spend the last 45 mins of our day.
This weeks Photo Of The Week is an elephant having a mud bath on the Chobe River. What are the chances of seeing that?? It was so incredible and if you listen you can hear us all groan in conjunction with him when he gets down.
After Kruger, we didn't expect a lot from Hluhluwe Imfolozi national park. Not because there isn't anything to see, we just thought we had been so very fortunate in Kruger that we wouldn't have that luck twice. Turns out we are the wildlife whisperers...
This young Giraffe calf spent a good 20 minutes checking us out. She kept coming closer to the jeep, checking where mum or dad was and then freaking out and sprinting back (yes I saw a running Giraffe again), only to slowly creep back towards us.
She was so cute and so inquisitive and to be amongst a herd of Giraffes for half an hour was extremely surreal. This was a day of babies but this adorable girl stood out.
Kruger was so very kind to us with wildlife sightings. We saw the big 5 on the first day along with Giraffes, Zebras, Warthogs, Birds and then... the very elusive Leopard.
We had just been looking at a lion resting under some trees next to the Giraffe he had killed overnight (actually I think it was her now I think about it) which I thought was pretty special. You always like to think that these national parks are non interference, but you are never really sure - until you see a lion with his giraffe. We were driving off and BOOM! Mr leopard just stepped out in front of us and went for a stroll down the gravel road. This is such a cliche'd photo but its my fave. He just strolled along for about 200 metres, turned, waited for us to creep closer, growled and stepped back into the bush.
Once again its nature that blows your mind.
Sadly I took this with my phone so the quality is rubbish, but I LOVE the content. You can see Bruce taking a photo out of the truck and in the distance you can see a camel about to cross the road in front of us. Wish it was better quality but that's not to be and guess what? A year on the road, I'm in Mauritania, still going, loving it. Happy Travel Birthday to me!
We saw 4 donkeys on the camino, but this was our first. People later told us that this man walks the camino and back constantly with his lovely donkey Ella. I asked if I could pat her and he said "Of course she's supremely friendly". So I did. And she was. And so soft.... It would be amazing to have an animal with you and of course they would be very special company for someone that walks non stop. We felt very blessed to have met all four donkeys that we did (especially Rocinante) knowing that these are the characters that make your camino experience amazing.
Sunny days seem to be few and far between in Bocas Del Toro. I've been here 4 weeks and we've had 3, maybe 4. Last week I was walking out to Paki Point and saw this woman trying to get some sun without both or either of her dogs sitting on her. Sometimes it doesn't matter where you are, things are the same.
This week I landed in Bocas Del Toro. Bocas town isn't anything wildly spectacular however its the access point to an amazing archipelago of islands and cayes. Its rainy season here and it rained all week so I was dubious about how good a day I was going to get for my day outing to Zapatilla. It was absolutely magic however all weather and surroundings were COMPLETELY overshadowed by the fact that we saw a Hawksbill turtle nest hatch and with all the other beach goers (around 30-40 I'd say) we channeled the baby turtles across the sand and out into the kelp beds, increasing their chances of survival by at least 50%. Such an amazing experience and one I will never forget. Save A Life - TICK!
I was very keen to see a sloth but after seeing both a mum and a baby on our night tour in Monteverde I did think that we were unlikely to see one close up. Thank fully in Tortuguero we saw this one on our morning boat ride and thanks to my Olympus E-M10 zoom I was able to get a semi-decent shot. They are so cute!
This weeks photo has to be of Hercules and Bandit, the two Chihuaua's I looked after for the month I was here. They were so full of life and reminded me how much I missed Miss Monroe. It was great to have some furry friends again and I will always remember them for accepting me as they did, and for Nancy and Jorgen for allowing me to stay in their lovely home for the month.
While this photo isn't earth shattering (what's with the dog you may ask??), the story is what is behind this weeks choice.
I loved the Jeju Olle so much. It is such a great idea. I had done 3 trails and Mt Halla at this point and true to form had a very surreal experience on trail 8. I stopped at a cafe at the start for coffee (as you do) and when I left the dog from the cafe followed me. I shoo'd him for about a km before I turned around and walked back with him, explaining to the cafe owner that he was following me. In very halting english she told me "yes he love walk. he walk with you". I was a bit stressed but then a lovely gentleman arrived and managed to communicate with me that he would walk with me and when I get to the end, take him on the bus with me and at the stop where I started, just put him off and tell him "jib Bombo jib" and he will come back home. Its 15km I squeal. What if I get it wrong?? Everyone knows him he says. OK...
So off I go with Bombo who walked the entire 15km with me, no one batted an eyelid and I'm pretty sure the locals were talking to him. I go to get on the bus with him (thinking that I'm going to have to walk another 15km back when they won't take him) but no-one seems to care, and then when we got near the stop the driver yells to me something about Bombo and up gets Bombo, goes to the door, gets off and the driver yells "jib Bombo jib" and off he trots straight down the laneway to the cafe. OMG so surreal and the bastard ate one of my sushi rolls and half my strawberries and didn't even say goodbye!!
I had to clip a few short video's together and I also had to put some music to it because lets just say a few people in our boat were talking crap - BUT: We got to see this HUGE male orangutan making his nest for the night. Don't beleive many people get to see this in the wild. So amazing and even our guides were stunned we got to witness this amazing act. We were in the canoe on the river so the video rocks and the quality is crap but just check this fella out. So amazing. Wait for him to plonk down once he's done.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.