This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 8 images chosen by readers out of my photo archives. They really asked for a lot of multiples of the same digit. These are still from my recent journey in South Africa.
Jonker – Firefly chose #7531, “random as it comes with a bit of a pattern in.” Although zebra stripes form a pattern no two are alike so they are definitely ‘random as it comes’. An underground bird hide at Addo Elephant National Park allows for viewing wildlife up close and personal. There are two little ponds that you can’t see in this image so it’s always a surprise who comes down to the water.
Yogi chose #6666, “because I’m feeling especially evil.” So am I when I ask for no more multiple 6s as I’m out of choices. However there is no evil view of the Indian Ocean from the challenging Waterfall trail hiked during this return to Tsitsikamma National Park. Yet there is a contrast between the endless crashing waves and the peaceful pools intermittently separated by ancient rock.
Jo chose #3477. I’m betting she’s seen fields of pineapples like this growing along the N2 (National Road) between inland Nelspruit and St Lucia along the coast on at least one of her road trips in South Africa. Look closely because the pineapples are there but not ripe yet.
Sherry chose #5005. Along her motorhome travels she walks the US east coast beaches quite regularly and often finds interesting tracks in the sand. Yet I can’t imagine her seeing tracks like these left behind by a giraffe on a sand road in Kruger National Park South Africa. But maybe she’ll get to one day.
Diane chose #4444. I know hyena is not her favorite animal but who can resist babies. We saw Mom and two hyena pups one morning before they were active. This youngster tried to nap in the grass along one of the roads in Kruger National Park. A sight worthy of being up way to early in the morning.
MaryBeth chose #9997. She’s a horse lady so may be happy to know that equines seem to be related to zebras in some way. I can see a lot of comparisons, yet in both kinds of zebras only saw these Burchell’s in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Would you like to ride one these?
Bibi chose #8888, “because someone took the one I was going to (4444).” Took me a while to see the notable red sand dunes buried under more vegetation than usual due to unusual heavy rains at Kgalagadi (meaning “Place of thirst”) Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between northern South Africa and Botswana.
Sallie chose #66. Well actually she didn’t choose this week (hopefully an over sight) but last week she chose “6, 66, or 666” so I’m giving her the second choice. Due to a lot of flooded and rutted out sand roads during our second visit to Pilanesberg Game Reserve we did more birding than usual. Every time we stopped at the bird hide this Pied Kingfisher occupied the same tree.
My choice this week is a shot I’d been trying to capture during the entire South African Eco Tour. The dark purple of a giraffe’s tongue has fascinated me ever since childhood when licked by one at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. Only had to wait a few decades to see this at Pilanesberg Center (a restaurant and shop) within the game reserve where an enticing salt lick in view brings in a variety of wildlife. Wouldn’t you wash your lips after multiple licks on the salt?
Thank you for joining in Foto Friday Fun where readers choose a number from my archives and I share the corresponding photo and a story. To join in the fun for next week leave a number between 01 and 9997 in a comment and maybe see your chosen image next week. And now that I have access to my all my photos images shouldn’t be only from South Africa.
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