Portrait of Raurus

To Raurus,

Thank you for enriching our lives for so many years.

You will always be in our hearts, and I will never forget all the joy, unconditional love and companionship that I had the privilege to experience.

Even when I worked late, you waited up for me, and refused to go and sleep until I came to tuck you in.

On the day we met.
Amongst all the puppies, I immediate knew you were the one, and you immediately chose me as well. I actually woke up on that day, and knew that I could go and find you waiting for me and come home with my dog.

You were always by my side, and I miss you so much…

Your best friend, Martin.

Power Shower

Mom giving the kids a dust bath demo (Kruger National Park, South Africa).

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Wild Elephant Encounter at Kruger National Park

This is a small section from one of two wild elephant encounters that we had close to the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park. The vegetation is very lush in late Summer, and we stopped when a huge Bull Elephant crossed the road a bit higher up. Only after stopping did we notice another part of the herd having a dust bath a bit closer to our right. I had a GoPro mounted on the Windscreen, and recorded the elephant sighting from this point on. At this stage more vehicles stopped behind us and as we couldn’t really go anywhere, it was best to stay put and hope for the best. The calves and young adolescent elephants took a great interest in the vehicle, and walked directly towards us and even mock charged to show us that we were on their turf. I kept the audio track to keep the video authentic, and it serves at a reminder that these rare encounters with wild animals can be both thrilling and a little scary at the same time. I only took a few photos, as it seemed more appropriate to be alert and monitor the situation.


Gone Fishing…

Gone Fishing... by Martin_Heigan
Gone Fishing…, a photo by Martin_Heigan on Flickr.

A Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) swallowing a fish it just caught (photographed at Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa).

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The Eye of the Elephant

The Eye of the Elephant by Martin_Heigan
The Eye of the Elephant, a photo by Martin_Heigan on Flickr.

The eye of an African Bush or Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana africana).

Hight = 4m (12 foot)
Weight = 7 tons

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