Post Safari Euphoria

17 Aug

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Hello again. Dumela. I have not posted on this blog for a couple of months. Well, I was on safari in Botswana for ten days in July, and what an experience that was! The best vacation ever? I’ve thought that about many of my vacations over the years. How can you describe the feeling of living out in nature, living in the territory that belongs to the animals? There is nothing else like it. When I arrived home and finally stuck those SD cards in the computer to see what I had, I stared at the screen in awe as I felt such a pull and such a feeling of homesickness for this beautiful country, this beautiful continent. I took almost 7000 photos and just completed the first round of organizing and editing on my photo website. This photo sums up a lot for me. I took it on one of my last nights in the bush outside of Linyanti Camp. That golden light. It is so essentially Africa. And the elephants. I saw so many and never tired of them. Our very first sighting in the Okavango Delta was a elephant walking through the water in front of our boat. That left me utterly speechless.

I don’t know if I will have another opportunity to travel this way again. I am very thankful that I made this trip. My life experience would have been greatly diminished without it. Africa forever!

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20 Responses to “Post Safari Euphoria”

  1. cocoaupnorth August 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Dumela Mme:-). So great to hear that you had a wonderful time in Botswana. It’s always lovely to hear about positive experiences and news from Africa, my home. Now do tell, did you try the delicacy, Mopane worms?

    • Rosemarie August 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      Dumela. I did not try mopane worms. They were not offered. I even asked our guide if he ate them. He replied that he was a desert boy and never ate them. 🙂

  2. Heyjude August 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Africa. You either love it or hate it. I fear you have got the bug and it will never leave you. Look forward to seeing more from those 7000 photos. Nice to see you back. 🙂

    • Rosemarie August 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      Thank you, Jude. I suppose I caught the bug. I love it.

  3. MJF Images August 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    I know I want to go back to Africa, and I’m sure you do too. Love the shot!

    • Rosemarie August 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks, Mike. I never knew that it would affect me the way that it did.

  4. Just Another Nature Enthusiast August 18, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Rosemarie-
    Your picked a beauty to capture our attention! I adore elephants.
    Can’t wait to see the next 7000 photos.
    Welcome home… I’m sad you miss your travels… what an achievement
    Jane

    • Rosemarie August 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Thank you, Jane. I love elephants too. The zoom lens performed magic for me in Africa. Though we were far away from the animals in the safety of the Land Cruiser, it brought them within a few feet in the camera.

  5. de Wets Wild August 19, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    Fantastic photograph Rosemarie, I think you’ve captured the atmosphere of an African sunset perfectly with this shot!

    • Rosemarie August 19, 2014 at 3:16 am #

      Thank you so much. That was a special evening in the middle of a herd of elephants.

  6. Linda Arthur Tejera August 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Beautiful photo! I am so looking forward to your trip posts. This has to be one of those trips of a lifetime! 🙂

    • Rosemarie August 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

      Yes, Linda. Indeed, it is a trip of a lifetime.

  7. katpegimana August 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    That’s a beautiful picture 🙂

    • Rosemarie August 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      Thank you. It was an amazing situation surrounded by elephants at sunset. Rosemarie

  8. Photography Journal Blog September 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I love that photograph!

    • Rosemarie September 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks so much. My safari was life altering. I didn’t know how much I would love Africa, and I have been absent from the blogosphere for a while. I hope to post eventually about my experiences, but another event in my life has taken precedence, and that is the arrival of my first grandchild. I am busy at the moment trying to complete a knitted baby blanket. I’m taking a lot of baby photos now. 🙂 Rosemarie

      • Photography Journal Blog September 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

        Oh, congratulations on the addition to your family 🙂 How wonderful!
        A safari to Africa is on the list of things I am going to do so I’m glad to hear it was such a wonderful experience for you.
        Amy

  9. Angeline M October 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    That is an exquisite photo! Everyone I ever hear from that goes on Safari always come back in awe at the beauty of Africa. How wonderful that you could make this trip of a lifetime.

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