Driving to Seronga in the very colorful country of Botswana was wild, just like Africa…wild!
First, we didn’t realize how isolated it was. We didn’t know that the one and only gas station would close down within minutes of our arrival. And, we didn’t know that there were always plenty of people trying to hitch a ride to go there that would gladly jump in the back of our truck.
All this made for a somewhat overwhelming adventure to this little campsite in the far reaches of the Okavango Delta.
After we’d gassed up, checked in, and [...]
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After a long, slow ride through the waters of the Okavango Delta Botswana, Jim and I had the opportunity to enjoy a real sundowner! Beer in hand, stories being told around the fire, and the colors of the setting sun all made for a perfect evening.
…or somebody’s got to do it!
Here’s Devon and me getting ready to go experience a 2,000 year old bath in northern Tunisia.
I’m turning 50 years old today. Wow! 50! It seems old, but I don’t feel old. It has given me time to think about my life…a little reflection, I guess. I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I’m so grateful for the decisions I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve taken, the experiences I’ve had. There’s no way I could categorize my experiences into the “Top 10″ or “the Best Of”. Do I think I’m lucky? Not really. [...]
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Everywhere you look in southern Africa, and specifically Botswana, there is a good shot of wildlife. The entire beach where this shot was taken was filled with these pied kingfishers. I loved it!
I didn’t really take many portraits while traveling around southern Africa. I was much more concerned about the animals. It was such a feast of opportunity and I was in a different mode than I usually am. I do love this shot of the people rowing their makoro to work on the Okavango Delta, but I’m a little dissappointed I didn’t try and get more people shots. They are my favorite afterall!
One of the things I love about this shot is the symmetry between the two herons. The gray one is slightly further back than the white one, so it’s not in as sharp of focus. Trying to hand-hold a long lens while on a safari boat on the Chobe River is pretty difficult, but I think this is a pretty good one. What difficult shots have you tried to get?
What’s better than flies swarming around a big bull of a water buffalo? No, it certainly isn’t pretty, but I’m still super happy with the shot. It doesn’t get more real than this. This shot was taken on a self-drive through Botswana. Loved it. Read more about our self-drive and Botswana here.
Taking landscapes of the African savanna, I love it when there is a stand of baobob trees. They are huge and cast wonderful shadows. The silhouette of one against the bright blue sky is just breathtaking. I never did get any at sunset, but it’s on my list of photos to take….sometime!
If you are a fan of the Amazing Race like I am, then you might recognize the man that is with Jim and me. He was the greeter in Season 7 for the Kwai River Lodge in Botswana. We met him while staying at a different campsite where he was a safari guide. He took us on two separate safaris, one at night and the other daytime. We saw a lot more during the day, and found him to be great company!
You can’t help but see some beautiful wildlife while you are in Botswana, but this little steenbok was probably the cutest and the most shy. You can read more about our road trip through Botswana here.