Wanderlust: The Daily Post Photo challenge


David W at WordPress asks this week:

Have you travelled anywhere exciting lately? This week, let’s see where you’ve been.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/wanderlust/

Join in the fun!

2004

First visit to Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

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Our hotel at Victoria Falls

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First sight of Victoria Falls at sun rise

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Baobab tree and street vendors.

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Statue of Livingston

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Mighty Victoria Falls

The Zambesi was very dry due to the drought.

We crossed the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The helicopter which flew us over the Vic falls.

 Zilephone made from horns.

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Sun-set trip on Zambesi River.

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We had a boat trip on the Chobe River and saw many elephants.

The last sunrise over the Victoria Falls.

The mist that thunders.

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Earth: The Daily Post, Photo Challenge


Earth Day is near! This week, let’s celebrate this planet on which we live.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/earth-2017/

NEW ZEALAND

On the way from Wellington to Nelson.

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Nelson

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Flying back to Wellington.

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Windmills on the hills.

Mother earth has so much to give.

Do we really appreciate?

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/earth-day/upper-hutt

Another toadstool!


Last three to four weeks we had unusual weather. It was still just over 20 degrees C which is quite hot for this time of year. We also had a lot of rain too.   The warm weather brought two cyclones. Cyclone Debbie was the first one and less than a week it was followed by cyclone Cook. Debbie did not reach us in the lower North Island but cyclone Cook brought heavy rain and strong winds.  People were asked to put their long weekend arrangements on hold because some roads were expected to wash away, slips could also occur.

As soon as the weather cleared again I found more toadstools popping out. I found these on the lawn on the roadside.

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Autumn is showing it’s face!


 

 

Autumn is upon us here in New Zealand.

Leaves are changing colour.

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With the warm days and lots of rain,

toadstools came out

showing off their colourful heads.

Trompie had his last haircut before the cold is upon us!

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This morning everything is foggy.

From my doorstep.

We are expecting

Cyclone Cook.

It is already battering the Northern part of the North Island

and is slowly moving down south to us.

We are warned to stay inside,

have our emergency bags ready.

The next 48 hours is going to be tricky to everyone.

Winds of up to 160km p hour are expected and Lots of rain.

Dense: The Daily Post: Photo Challenge


This week, share your take on “dense” — you could focus on a natural landscape like I did, or take the theme in a different direction, from a sweaty crowd at a rock concert or a busy avenue during rush hour to a fresh loaf of bread, waiting for someone to take the first bite.

Says Ben Huberman at-

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/dense/

 

Last weekend I had the opportunity to fly from Wellington, NZ North Island to Nelson NZ, South Island. It was very cloudy when we left Wellington.

DENSE clouds.

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Two tiny frogs


I mentioned in my previous post about the frogs I had to feed while house sitting high up in the hills near Upper Hutt New Zealand.

Here are more photos. They were so tiny when I took these photos at my arrival. After the two weeks feeding them flies they were twice the size.

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Macro Moments Challenge week 26


Tiny frog.

During my house sitting, I had to feed two frogs and

about twenty tadpoles.

This frog is just under one centimetre.

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Taken with a Canon EOS 450D

I put the lens against the glass of the fish tank.

Visit

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 26

for more information.

Three days after a 7.5 earthquake


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/86511695/Weta-IT-geek-captures-Wellington-tsunami-surge-after-earthquake-rocks-New-Zealand

Sunday evening(13/11/2016) after a busy day, I went off to bed at about 10:30 not knowing what the night would bring two hours later.

I woke up just after 12 o’clock. My bed was swaying, Trompie picked up his head. I felt the bed moving and the walls shaking. It sounded as if the house was going to collapse. Then Trompie gave a fierce bark. Earthquake! We jumped out of bed. I did not switch on the light and told Trompie to get out of the way. He kept close to me. I stood in the passage waiting for the worst.The shaking subsided.  I decided to go into the bathroom because nature was calling.

It kept on rolling underneath. We went back to bed. Then my border came out of his room. He got a message from his wife near Christchurch asking how he was. He told me that it had been  the worst quake he had experienced.

We went back to bed. The whole night aftershocks kept on rolling underneath. One of my pot plants had tumbled to the floor, and my books on my bookshelf moved and nearly tumbled off.

Monday morning my alarm went off. I did my usual morning rituals.  My border told me that he could not go into Wellington. The news on the radio said that no trains were running and the roads into Wellington were closed down.

Just after seven I received a call that there would be no Before School Care but the school would be open. I told the secretary that I would anyway go in case some parents had not received the message.

It is about a ten minutes drive to school from my home. I arrived just before 7:30 am. At 7:45 am a board member came to check the building. He brought his two young children with him. While he checked the school, I kept an eye on the two boys. Then a parent turned up with his little girl. He had not read the message about no Before school care. I told him it would be okay; I would look after her and keep her safe.

Teachers started to arrive just before eight.

I went home at 8:15. Aftershocks kept coming and going. I went back to After School Care in the afternoon. There were twelve children till about 4.30 that afternoon.

Tuesday morning I went back for Before School care. It was wet; heavy torrential rain kept pouring down. I was so tired and did not feel up to going back for the afternoon session. Lucky for me the school called, I did not need to come because most children were picked up before lunch time. The rain caused havoc with flooding and causing slips on the roads. Wellington was cut off. In the meantime, more earthquakes kept on coming and going. Two strong quakes shook us at 1.15 and 1.30 pm.

Now it is Wednesday evening; we survived another exciting day of tremors and a bit of dry weather. I am happy to say that I am well but tired.   Looking after children and keeping them all safe and happy for the last three days was very stressful.

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Creek flooding Tuesday
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Trompie having a look
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Wednesday back to normal
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Trompie showing no interest anymore today(Wednesday)