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Dean Wight
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African Wildlife, part 3
Apologies for the multiple posts. There are so many animals to see, including a wonderful  variety of birds. There was no way to get photos of them all. Tawny Eagle, Hwange National Park Lilac-breasted Roller, Okavango National Park Saddle-billed Storks, Ok...

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African Wildlife, part 2
Every day on safari brought new sightings. Impala were the most numerous of the large animals and among the most beautiful. We saw other antelopes as well: kudu, tsessebe, waterbuck, bushbuck, red lechwe, eland, puku, Sharpe's grysbok, and klipsringer. Impa...

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African Wildlife, part 1
On our safari tour, we were fortunate to see many animals. The national parks we visited, Chobe and Okavango in Botswana and Hwange in Zimbabwe, are well-endowed with wildlife and not much traveled by humans...at least, in comparison to some U.S. national p...

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South Africa Landscapes
Everyone who's been to Africa told us to go. We spent three weeks in southern Africa during March and April 2017, mostly on a "safari" tour in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, with several days by ourselves seeing the sights in Johannesburg and Cape Town, So...

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OT: Downsizing, con't.
Our trip to southern Africa is behind us (and if you've never been there, and have the slightest inclination, go). As discussed in the previous post , I bought a used Lumix GX7 with a 20mm kit lens and a new Lumix 45-150mm zoom to shrink my traveling gear. ...

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OT: Downsizing for the road
Anticipating another overseas trip--to Africa, this time--I'm once again toying with buying a travel camera. Regular readers may recall (Hah! Just kidding. I know there aren't any regular readers, except bots) that I've been down this road before, in this p...

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Backwards, Forwards
Digital imaging has brought so many capabilities we never dreamed of in the film era. Today I used Lightroom's metadata filter to bring up all of the images I made in 2016. The total is 5,789. Could I select just one as my favorite of 2016? I took time to s...

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Solstice
The winter solstice came early this morning. Now the days grow longer while winter's cold deepens. As people have for millennia, we hope the sun will finally chase away the chill and return us to verdant spring. Meanwhile, hold your loved ones tight and cel...

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Landscapes of Southern Mexico
Recently this blog has strayed a bit from its theme of "looking at the natural world". Let's correct that: here are some landscapes. Most of our time in Mexico was spent in cities, as you can see in the previous posts about windows and the Day of the Dead ....

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Day of the Dead
Despite the name, this Mexican holiday occupies at least a week, considering all of the preparation. Stores, restaurants and homes put up paper cut-outs and skeleton-themed decorations. Families clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones. Special bre...
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