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  1. I heard about this when driving home. He was a legitimate target I believe. Well, what can I say. Small mercy as apparently he died quickly after being shot with bullets rater than dying a painful protracted death like his father, shot by an arrow.
  2. That Tree is indeed one of the most photogenic trees I've ever seen. So your luck with "loop road" did not work this time ! Met the resident Honey Badger of Halali ? Okaukuezo is like a zoo, Halali is way better.
  3. I have asked "The Master" @Galanaabout feathery friends in Hebrides , as I was wondering whether it'd be worth lugging the big one in last week of August. To quote him verbatim : " There will be birds around. From Eagles to Wrens. Late summer migrants and maybe early Autumn ones plus all the lazy ones who have not bothered one way or another. I will admit to some disappointment with Lewis scenically and birdywise. It was fine but access was a problem. Loch Stiopabhat had a productive hide. The RSPB reserve near Arnol had no hide.Nice walk up to the Harris Eagle hide produced no eagles only a Coastguard helicopter making a racket. The SE Owls are great and quite relaxed as they sit by the roadside. If you draw up and approach slowly they will often sit tight. They don't even blink when trucks roar by but somebody braking noisily will set them off." Currently RSPB Bempton cliff has reasonably good puffin show.
  4. Lovely pics. Heading towards Scottish Highlands and outer Hebrides next month. Puffins would be gone but hope to see some of your other captures.
  5. OK , it's God's fault. He got carried away with vibrance, saturation , clarity, tint, hue..... everything in his editing palette. In my humble opinion Namibian sunsets are as colourful as aurora borealis, only if those colours could dance.
  6. Thanks Galana , don't worry, I hope to back before 2019 with some more humorous posts. And I'm not yet done with this trip. On the way back to the airport I had a full day and decided to take a long detour to see some more handicrafts and ruins. The first stop was the weaving of Patola saree, eye-wateringly expensive but eye-poppingly intricate design. The whole five yards of the saree is made from two or three dyed threads, hand-weaved and tying knots at pre-calculated distances. Can take up to six months to make. This is supposed to bring luck and prosperity to a house. My mother-in-law had a couple of these, which were handed down to her daughter and she was not going to get any more from me !! Just a couple of pics of Patola being made Next I was off to the ancient capital of Gujarat : the town of Patan to see one of the best preserved Stepwells called Rani ni Bhav. People who have visited Rajastahn must have seen these step wells which go down and down to preserve water. The beauty of the Patan step-well was its intricate and almost intact architecture. There were seven levels. The concept of the Mother Goddess riding a lion was present in far East for a long time. Here is Mother Durga, one of the main deities of Hinduism, riding a lion and killing the demon who took the form a black buffalo. And then a quick detour to the Sun temple of Modhera. This was partly destroyed by Muslim sultans after their conquest of India. One of the main reasons being the erotic art of the temple. Some of it has been restored and still looks very impressive. The reservoir in front of the temple Surya : The Sun God, defaced and amputated. Erotic art : very little left Then it was back to airport. But on the way our driver Gambhir Singh took the car off the highway and started getting into country lanes. I thought may be he was finding a shortcut but all of a sudden he stopped and said with a big grin, " Dekh lijiye Saab, Kiteny More chahiyae ?" meaning "have a look Sir, how many peacocks do you want? " He was aware of my interest in birds and took trouble of finding the village where peacocks roamed everywhere. Incredible India : one of the most beautiful birds in the world were scavenging the garbage dump. Some of them had developed quite long tails and were clearly trying to impress the ladies. I pressed the shutter to my heart's content and some of them came out quite well !! Gambhir Singh's tip was increased by 20 % !!! Two birds in one stone The preening The lady was not that impressed One beautiful creature photographing another beautiful creature Common Hoopoe as well. Came to meet me, the reincarnation of Solomon the Wise. But sadly the Hoopoe could not find the Queen of Sheba for me. And a line of herons all waiting patiently On the way back I saw all the cranes flying back to roost. I believe sometimes these lines can stretch up to miles. Sorry, poor shots, from moving car. That's it. The adventure was complete with a hearty meal from a roadside stall : freshly fried "Bhajia" with salt, onion and green chilies. Yum, yum , yum !!! Gujarat was truly an unexpectedly pleasant and eye-opening trip. I went with little expectations but returned with tons of pleasant memories. "Phir milenge" : See you again.
  7. Hmm, no need to stay at much more expensive Grootberg lodge at all. Fabulous experience.
  8. #166 : I think they are cooking Potjie, going by the iron pot and the long cooking time you mentioned. Type of stew indeed and I actually loved it. But agree, it takes too long for someone who can't even wait for two ninety seconds microwaved pop-corns
  9. I must stop reading and specially looking at the excellent photos. My heart yearns to return to have a dip at that really refreshing rock pool in the middle of barren rocks.
  10. Probably one of the best places to camp in the whole world !! I hope they had ditched the plan of building a resort there. And once again, did you meet the adorable meerkats ?
  11. Thanks penolva for a letting us have a glimpse into this extremely beautiful corner of the world and a poignant trip to Iguassu for you. . UN would appoint you as head of diplomatic mission between two Koreas shortly. I wonder which one gets your nod : Vic falls or Iguassu ?
  12. The glimpse into the past continues. Now we are outdoor. One of the sixteen huge reservoirs. The gap is for overflow into the next reservoir DSC_6247dsc_6247 by Desi DNA, on Flickr DSC_6251dsc_6251 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The biggest Eastern Reservoir , only partly excavated DSC_6227dsc_6227 by Desi DNA, on Flickr DSC_6228dsc_6228 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Trees growing on top of the citadel wall DSC_6235dsc_6235 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Some reservoirs had sloping entrances so that the bullock carts could go all the way down to fetch water in big containers DSC_6252dsc_6252 by Desi DNA, on Flickr A Harappan lady going down the steps to get some water. Louis Vuitton handbags are that old ? DSC_6262dsc_6262 by Desi DNA, on Flickr DSC_6271dsc_6271 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Steps of history DSC_6276dsc_6276 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Extremely well constructed with precise sharp corners. Perfect engineering DSC_6259dsc_6259 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Mud bricks DSC_6268dsc_6268 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The very unique polished stone structures. Use of sandstone with bricks. Not seen in any other Harappan ruins DSC_6283dsc_6283 by Desi DNA, on Flickr DSC_6285dsc_6285 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The Northern entrance with the stone structures DSC_6296dsc_6296 by Desi DNA, on Flickr IMG_0022 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The shape of rooms started changing from square to circular. Most likely because circular structures withstood earthquakes better DSC_6302dsc_6302 by Desi DNA, on Flickr ? A kitchen. Grinding mills DSC_6306dsc_6306 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Polished stone pillars. What was their purposes ? No one knows. DSC_6304dsc_6304 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Most likely a base for a large wooden pole for opening a closing gates DSC_6337dsc_6337 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Imprint of insects fossilised DSC_6326dsc_6326 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The extremely well engineered Storm Drains for people to go inside and clear the chambers. Properly designed vents for harmful gases to escape DSC_6308dsc_6308 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Following the steps of a cleaner IMG_9991 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Deep inside the bowel of the reservoirs DSC_6313dsc_6313 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Job done. Some tips please ? IMG_9997 by Desi DNA, on Flickr A special water chamber, most likely for ladies to have a leisurely time DSC_6340dsc_6340 by Desi DNA, on Flickr My favourite part. The grooves made on the stone from the friction of ropes used by my ancestors to pull water out of the well. Marks of history DSC_6342dsc_6342 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Tools from the kitchen Stone for sharpening of knives DSC_6347dsc_6347 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Grinding pot DSC_6348dsc_6348 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The eastern gate DSC_6353dsc_6353 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Sentries on their positions IMG_0029 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The famous signboard IMG_0012 by Desi DNA, on Flickr DSC_6325dsc_6325 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The bailey DSC_6361dsc_6361 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Goats roam in the vast area in front of the Bailey where once important ceremonies used to take place DSC_6329dsc_6329 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Grooves from wagon tracks DSC_6357dsc_6357dsc_6357dsc_6357 by Desi DNA, on Flickr The market sections with parallel arterial roads cutting through shops. DSC_6376dsc_6376 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Shopfronts DSC_6367dsc_6367 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Sitting on the crossroads of civilisation: literally IMG_0035 by Desi DNA, on Flickr Adios, My Mother !!

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