The winding down of a year always causes reflection.
As the sun set on 2015 I had a quiet moment. I stood staring at the sun slowly approaching the horizon and the memories started to run through my mind. The speed at which they flashed through increased as the sun started to disappear.
It suddenly vanished and all that was left was a beautiful glow, the lingering light a gentle reminder of the incredible year experienced and enjoy by all at Londolozi.
2016 has now dawned and the possibilities are inspiring. New life abounds and the lion saga continues to intrigue. The Leopards of Londolozi have a fresh new look with new individuals having established themselves towards the end of 2015. We look forward to recording the growth of the Mashaba female’s cub and hope to see new leopard cubs around shortly.
As I mention the end of one year and the beginning of the next, life has continued. The animals are oblivious to the above mentioned and continue the fight for survival on a slightly drier than normal Londolozi. On the other hand we are well of the new calendar year and long to know what is in store; all we can do though is take a day at a time, enjoying every second.
The Week in Pictures is traditionally a Friday post, but we deviated slightly yesterday to make way for the New Year’s blog. Better late than never, though. Enjoy…
The Mashba female’s cub is all of a sudden gaining confidence, becoming more playful by the day, an absolute treat to be able to watch.
Time for inspection. Hanging from his near perfect creation, a male village weaver tries to convince a potential mate THIS is the nest and partner to choose this breeding season.
Textures of summer, the often present clouds of summer time have promised much and delivered very little so far this wet season.
A hearty meal just about renders a male lion useless, completely gorged with sleep being priority number one. The dark mane Matimba a second before he flopped over and drifted off.
The often-overlooked hadeda ibis sifts through the Sand River in search of a meal.
A chameleon makes sure we aren’t going to eat it as it crosses the road. The disgruntled reptile felt a little too exposed, and it made a hasty retreat to a nearby tree to once again melt into its surroundings.
As the day settles into dusk, the Piva male leopard slowly starts his evening off, taking in his surroundings from atop a termite mound.
Giving thanks. A vervet monkey mother looks skyward a one of many newborns scans its unfamiliar surroundings.
Something that immediately stretches a large smile across my face. Birds in flight have always fascinated me. This white backed vulture powers off to catch a thermal in search of a meal.
Once fresh wounds, each scar has an untold story, if only there was a way of hearing them…
As this giraffe floated effortlessly across the ridge we were left with very few words.
Pure gold. The colour, sounds and feel out here are priceless, come see for yourself!
Two of my favourite animals of the bush. the smaller of the two, a red billed oxpecker, is one of the most interesting characters out here. Always searching for a morsel to eat the help reduce the tick load on most of the large mammals out here.