Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Evening Walk Downtown

I don't get to spend too much time downtown these days.  It is just too crowded for me most of the time.  The off season is better though, just like I prefer Folly Beach in the winter.  These are a couple of shots from this evening's wander.



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Spirit

Seems my blog skipped from Halloween directly to Christmas.  Lots going on, but on this rainy day I went in search of some Christmas spirit in downtown Charleston.  I found the model train display in the Charleston Place Hotel, and spent some time happily photographing the engines as they traveled around their enchanting fantasy world.  Children of all ages were captivated.






Thursday, November 1, 2018

BOO!!

OK, so I'm a day late, but this was from last night.  Hope y'all had a fun Halloween.





Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lion Alert!

I left South Africa last night and flew 15+ hours non-stop to JFK in New York where I am now waiting for my flight back to Charleston this afternoon.  Soon my 2018 African adventure will fade as it transitions into the normalcy of my life in Charleston, but I thought I would post one more set of wildlife images.  These were taken early yesterday morning (hard to believe sitting here a world away in this dreary terminal) as lion were stalking a herd of Impala.  As you can see, the buck were very aware of the presence of the lion and they were on high alert.  As it turned out, the lions decided they weren't that hungry, and settled down for an extended snooze in the shade of a thorn tree. The large golden dominant lion walked within 2 feet of me while I was sitting in the Land Rover.  I kept my camera to my eye and held my breath as he strode by, his royal status on full display.





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape

I have spent a wonderful couple of days in a game park, home to the "big five"; Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, and Elephant.  So far we have seen everything except the Buffalo, but I will be going on one more early morning ride before starting my journey home to the US.  The folks at the game park are very sensitive about too much information being shared on social media, because sadly poachers use this method (among many others) to target game for their evil gain, especially the rhinos for their horns.  There is a lot being done to protect the animals here and conservation is a high priority.







Sunday, October 21, 2018

And you think your squirrels are a nuisance

In Charleston, I spend a fair amount of time trying to keep one step ahead of my squirrels.  They are incredibly creative when given the challenge of accessing seed in supposedly "squirrel proof" bird feeders.  After watching these monkeys at my Mom's bird feeder in Durban, South Africa, I think I'll keep my squirrels!





Saturday, October 20, 2018

More Scenes from the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

We have been staying at this wonderful cottage near Bergville and have walked lots, eaten lots, talked lots, and I have taken a lot of photographs!  Wireless was scarce in the area so I haven't posted them often but here are a few more.  On Monday I will be moving on to a game park for a couple of days before heading home to Charleston, so hopefully will be able to post some wildlife images.