The mission of the African Safari was to photograph animals in the wild rather than having to observe them in a cage. Our lucky senior class photography club had won this miracle adventure in a country wide contest! No one would need to be forced not go as it was “all expenses paid”.
Once we arrived in Africa, the seven of us found it soothing to our apprehensions that our guide spoke perfect English. He had been educated in the U.S. even though he was labeled in the brochure as a “native”.
On our first excursion into the wild grasslands, we were overwhelmed by the single-colored environment. Everything was a variation of a sandy tan. Trees, land, even the sky, blended together causing us to have to add lens filters and wear eye protection to prevent a kind of ‘blindness’ that would interfere with us getting the ‘full experience’.
Our guide got rather annoyed along that first ride when he pointed out many hidden wild targets that we would have otherwise missed.
“Good grief, you guys! How could people who have such an interest in “seeing the World” be so ‘freakin’ blind.”
Mason Wants to Know- 5/10/21
This weeks question:
“What are you most proud of? Show and Tell!
Some of my Nature photos give me pride. Since this is a Show and Tell post, I grabbed a few. I have a great many. I don’t have a camera that I like any longer because I wore the one, that I really had fun with, right out!
Of course, that exact model camera that I LOVED isn’t made anymore. UGH. So I just turned to new creative endeavors.
Maybe I’ll return to that pastime again one day?
Mason Want’s to Know 10/05/2021 – Masons Mind Menagerie (wordpress.com)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning
My mother organized a family gathering that we celebrated on June 1st. A collection of cousins, and their kids, some I had never met, came. Afterward, there was an unexpected let down. So many people and so little time to interact beyond small talk.
For the next few days , following the event, I’ve had a “woulda/shoulda/coulda” feeling. You see, if a person is presenting a party, they are busy with meeting the needs of guests instead of enjoying the people. Certainly, watching our children, and grandchildren, making brand new family friends was a joy. I was overwhelmed though, with people whom I was unable to fully appreciate and subjects I was unable (because of limited time) to talk about. My cousin, Debbie (pictured with me above), made a 5 hour trip and spent 5 hours returning home after our mingle.
For those an hour or less away, I had little time and I have a heavy heart about that fact. Although we live relatively close, we do not gather for years on end. A smaller, more intimate gathering would do us but to “make time” for those many smaller gatherings doesn’t seem doable. Work, and family duties are many and it’s a burden to ask too often. My sister suggested a catered event in the future which would lighten the load upon the party organizers to afford more real “visiting”. I believe, with a family so large, there will be the inevitable regrets, even still. Some folks are going to be “left out” whenever there are so many. Having the duty (a wonderfully fun one) of photographing the event, also sadly, puts the “photographer” outside of the mingle. Next time, I believe buying disposable cameras for each family, might be a better way to get a more varied and complete “picture”.
I would love to hear suggestions about how to make a large party work without the extravagance of a wedding reception.
It was a fun day and, those who could not come, were missed.
Ha! If you had come, I probably would have ignored you guys too! At least, the no-shows kept my regrets fewer. 😉
Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern
NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Giant Leopard Moth
My previous Nature Knowledge post, from today, inspired me to look through my photos of caterpillars. I made another great find that I will probably keep next time that I encounter one. Above, is a Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar. This prickly fellow is not poisonous like the Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar, although he looks formidable. In fact, Giant Leopard Moths feed on broad leaf plants, rather than, decimating trees. I had found this caterpillar at my camp doorstep in New York State. I’m sorry, now, that I did not identify it sooner. It must have been coming out from an eave where it had wintered.
What a lovely moth to behold! (Personally, I prefer moths to butterflies but they are nocturnal and are harder to find.) The photo specimen above, was an actual successful rearing of a caterpillar to adult.
Here’s another borrowed photo:
- It might look dangerous when it is a caterpillar but it is not poisonous and hence can be an easy pet for children.
- They get attracted to electric lights during the night, but some experts conclude that more than the females, the males can be seen doing so with the beginning of summer.
- Since they navigate effectively in moonlight, electric lights can baffle them, causing them to hover around them.
- The caterpillars can roll itself like a ball to mislead its predators, in which it exposes its spines and the orange segments lying between.
- These moths are often regarded helpful in controlling invasive plant species.
- On being alarmed, glands located in the thorax region can produce a stinking liquid to ward off predators.
My caterpillar photo was from last Spring. Hey, I’ve got some searching to do this weekend! The kids may enjoy raising one, almost as much as, I. 😉
- You Tricky Devil: Moth With Fake Spider Legs On Its Wings (geekologie.com)
- Pest caterpillars face helicopter blitz with insecticide (guardian.co.uk)