I really enjoy the scenery in the American South. Before our trip, I researched oak trees and Spanish mosses. The entry to Wormsloe Historic Site outside Savannah, Georgia, has that classic view. We also visited the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. There are many plantations in the Charleston area with similar views, I presume. The old architecture in the remainder of the photographs are from North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
This was my second spring in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, I frolicked amongst tulips, lilacs, and irises. This year, spring came early after a warm winter. The cherry blossoms bloomed early in downtown Portland. I returned to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, this time at sunrise to see the hot air balloons lift off.
It’s only fitting that I wrap up this series of photos from our Africa trip on the six-month anniversary of the end of the trip. It’s hard to choose a favorite amongst the animals that we saw. They are just so magnificent. I did love seeing the big cats though, as you could probably tell from all the leopard photos last week.
Finding animals at night is a good challenge. On our first game drive here, we were able to come upon this pride of lion, after the sun set and the blood moon rose, feeding on a bushbuck. The bone crunching noise is something that will stick in my head for a lifetime.
On our last morning, just before we had to head to catch our flight, we went on a final game drive. A light breeze and a cool mist had settled all through the Sabi Sands, and most of the animals were in hiding. This morning, we were in search of the cheetah. We raced toward the southern part of the game reserve after getting reports of one sighted in an open meadow. We found this male marking his territory.
One of the animals that we kept hoping to see was a male lion (big mane and all), and unfortunately we didn’t see one on this trip. But it’s okay because that just means we will have to head back to Africa in the future! We are hoping to be able to head back in a few years, hopefully to the safaris of East Africa. Thanks for sharing this journey with me!
As I alluded to last week, we were able to get up close and person with many of the animals at Sabi Sands. Tlangisa is a female leopard who closely follows her two cubs, who were six months old at the time of our visit (back in October 2014). These two frequently played around with each other with their mother watching nearby.
We had another amazing run-in with leopards during our time there. After going through some thick bushes, we found two mating leopards. Nature at its finest! I can’t remember this female’s name, but I’m still following closely online to see if they were successful. Did you know that the average gestational period for a leopard is only three months? If that’s true, there should be leopard cubs that were born not too long ago. It may be a matter of them making their appearances as I remember being told that this female is particular shy around humans.