Found in Nature- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

I want to share my photo of an Impala ram with you. A lot of American readers might ask where a Chev Impala occurs in nature, but then… it was named after this small antelope in Southern Africa…  There are quite a lot of them in our region, which is renowned for it’s game farms.

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Bushveld Wedding under the Marula Tree…

The Daily Prompt asked: Do you play in your daily life? I do! I take a camera along when I work. Like today…

I had the most amazing afternoon. I had to conduct a wedding at a Game Ranch this afternoon. It was an outdoor wedding, and it has rained this past week- we were rather anxious about the clouds forming.  But I did take my cameras, the 400D and the Powershot. Here is just a little view of a part of my work. If it looks like a wonderful job- just remember I stood in a graveyard conducting a funeral yesterday. We pastors must have the capacity to handle an emotional roller coaster. From a funeral to a wedding in a day!

IMG_1401I think it would not be good form to show the bride and groom while they are still at their wedding feast at the moment.

Maybe when they left the scene of the wedding itself would be ok…

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What are you humans up to?

What are you humans up to?

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Not a Chev Impala- the REAL Impala- a beautiful ram

and a very young Impala ram...

and a very young Impala ram…

So yes- some days it is so good to have my job, other days it is really, really hard…  Today was all good!

The Golden Hour- Dawn- another view… Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

by michelle w. on October 27, 2013

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DAWN.

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Yesterday I missed my first posting in months! I was away on a church camp, and we camped with our caravans. Yesterday morning I went for a walk in nature with my camera in hand. Just after dawn. And I will share a photo or two with you. On Friday night we had the most wonderful sound in a dry land- the sound of rain on the roof of a caravan. And the next morning it showed in nature’s joy…

Here is Dawn in the South African Bushveld, maybe not quite as expected…  Remember it is spring in the Southern Hemisphere…

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Sunrise in a drop of rain…

Where did you find your morning coffee?

Hey Bro- Where did you find your morning coffee?

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Little red spider looking for breakfast…

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An Impala has just passed this way!

Camouflage in the Bush- Nature at it’s best…

Between these trees there is a Zebra hidden, but you will not be able to see it easily… it is so well hidden…

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Some, who do see it, may ask where it’s face is. So I called it closer for a little chat- Image

The same with the Impala Ram- first you don’t see it:

ImageBut if you ask really really nicely, maybe they will show themselves to you…

ImageAnd finally: a Blesbok:  They don’t want to listen at all…

ImageJust some of my friends I went to visit in this past week, when I tried to escape from civilization for a few days…

A Wild Game Auction in our Town…

Just outside our town there is a new Auction venue called  Castle de Wildt, They Specialise in Game Auctions, one of the main commercial activities in our region. It is built in the form of a Middle Age Castle…

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The people is complaining about the resession, but I counted 11 helicopters when I arrived there…

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There were 80 lots on auction today, starting with the Black Impala.  Usually a common impala goes for around R800  (US $ 80) on a hunting farm. What do you think the Black Impala ram will sell for?

IMG_0024R365 000(US $ 36 500)

There was also breeding herds of Nyala on auction. They went for aboutr R 20 000-  R30 000 per bul, and about  R14000- R17000 per ewe. IMG_0031

There were beautiful Sables on auction, that went for round about R250 000 – R300 000. Each.

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But The star of today was a Golden Wildebeest Bull named Rommel.

IMG_0059If you want to hunt a common Blue Wildebeest in our area, you would expect to pay around R2500- R3000.  Rommel sold for  R1.85 million! That is US $ 185 000 for a single antilope!  This is his pedigree:

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I think some people have more money available than me!

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This is the type of toys on display at an auction like today’s Prestige Game Auction:  A Bentley!

IMG_0054And so I found my way home, driving through the tears in my old Mazda Pick-up, feeling very poor… 🙂