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Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Arranged ~ {Disposed or placed in a particular kind of order}

Nature has an unexpected level of order and organisation.  We see it in the “V” when birds migrate over the skies, and when ants march in a row.

This picture was taken in Addo National Elephant park.

Elephants in a row

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Port Elizabeth, the friendly city is growing on me…

We visited the windy city in January this year during the holidays.  If only for two nights…we really had a great time.

We visited with our friends, Timothy & Verna.  Thanks guys, we really had a great time and look forward to welcoming you in Jozi for a visit soon!

(Most pictures taken while in motion in the car)

Colonial buildings

Old Mill building

The old colonial historic mill building was produced for Premier Milling corporate client.

King Edward Hotel

King Edward Mansions open 21 November 1904.  It became a hotel in 1911 and the name was changed to “The Edward”  in 1961. Ashley and I had a very romantic weekend here in March 2008 when we attended Timothy & Verna’s wedding.

Campanile

Located near the Port Elizabeth harbour’s entrance, the Campanile was built as a memorial to the arrival of the early settlers of the region in 1820. The 52 m high Italian-style bell tower, which stands in Port Elizabeth’s Strand Street was built in 1923, and features a carillon of 23 bells which makes it the largest carillon of bells in the country.

Looove lampposts

Ferris wheel on Summerstrand

Airplane coming in

My dream vehicle...

Ashley and I have a dream of touring through Africa with the girls in 2013. We want to do it before Chelsea goes to Grade 1 in 2014.  This would be the type of vehicle we would need…vvvrrroooomm.

Bluewater Bay

I was quite surprised at the effort the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality makes to initiate greener living.

Small wind turbine

This turbine was located in Summer strand and it generated enough energy to power the grid of festive lights on the left.

Solar heaters in low-cost housing areas

We drove through quite a few residential areas where solar heaters on the roofs were the norm.

One of the most surprising experiences were the absolute state of safety our friends lived in.

Open windows

We left for a day trip to Addo National Park and they left their windows open. No burglar bars or fencing!  Our laptops and valuables were all on the dining room table and they were very relaxed about it.  I grew up in Paarl, a very safe town but still I wouldn’t leave the windows open without burglar bars!  Now living in Jozi it is even worse.  I just realised in shock how my sensible approach to safety can quickly become borderline paranoia.  The quality of life made me a bit jealous, but not enough to want to move here.

Port Elizabeth is truly a great city.  There is no rush, no traffic and then there’s the beach.  Aaaah…the beach!

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Elephants in great numbers: A visit to Addo National Park

Elephant: {A very large mammal of the order Proboscidea, having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw}

While on holiday earlier this year we visited Addo Elephant National Park with friends of ours, Timothy and Verna Burton.

Entrance

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.

And their Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the Park into a 264 000 hectare (652 300 acre) mega-park. In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 hectare (296 500 acre) marine protected area that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and largest breeding population of endangered African penguins.

We started at snail’s pace with great excitement hoping to see as many wild as possible.  The speed limit in any protected wildlife sanctuary is 50 km/h.  You are also not allowed to get out of your vehicle unless at a lookout point.  Still, beware of the lions.

If you're brave enough, you can have this magnificent view

We drove around for at least an hour without seeing anything!  En route to the watering hole we almost gave up hope.  Until we saw this:

Elephants as far as the eye can see...

Elephants on the horizon

Wow, we counted at least half of the park’s elephant population at one place at the same time!  I have visited Addo and the Kruger Park on several occasions before , but this was surely one of the most exceptional moments in my life and a one in a lifetime experience!  Totally unexpected.

Having a drink...

Family affair

Loner bull

That was an amazing experience, one I will never forget.  We left the park totally in awe of creation and the ultimate Creator.

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