Wordless Wednesday : If I Could Talk to the Animals

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Getting all your Ducks in a Row

Wait for us Mama!

Wait for us Mama!

To the Top of the World by Cable!

Well, it was not quite to the top of the world,but at 2200 metres, Monte Baldo on Lake Garda is pretty high.   It looms over the commune of Malcesine, not too far from Riva del Garda. The mountain top can be reached by not one, but two, very steep cable car rides.

According to Wiki –

Behind Malcesine rises the 2,218 m (7,277 ft) high Monte Baldo. A two-stage cable car ride—the second leg using one with rotating cabins—takes passengers to 1,750 m (5,741 ft)  above sea level.    From there the highest point can be accessed by walking a few kilometres to the south along the ridge.

On our trip in the cable car, which held about 40 or 50 people each trip, there were many young people carrying very large rucksacks.  It was only when we got off the second car and climbed the few hundred metres to the summit that we realised what these rucksacks contained.  Yes indeed, these were the brave people who were taking a short cut back down…by paragliding!    They were brave because if they ‘overshot’ the landing on the way down they would end up in the lake!

So many other things were going on at the top, and  along with a very small church and a few restaurants there were some llamas, sheep and goats, people lying in the sun, having picnics, watching the para gliders getting ready, strolling around, and generally enjoying the view from the top.    There was even some patches of snow to be seen around the shaded side of the mountain.

It was a fabulous way to spend a sunny day in Italy.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Animals in Nature

My photos of animals this week are domestic animals, as the wild animals in Ireland are more elusive!

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Weekly Photo Challenge (2) : Family

Feeding time, Fota Wildlife Park

Feeding time, Fota Wildlife Park

2012-09-01 15.56.44These animal family photos, the first two taken in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork  are photos that always remind me of a close knit family, always looking out for each other.

My favourite animal

My favourite animal

Home time

Home time

Elephants and duiker busy ignoring each other.

Elephants and duiker busy ignoring each other.

For more posts in this challenge, check out this link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/photo-challenge-family-2/

Cee’s Which Way Challenge : 2014 No. 1

While out and about on my travels today, I came across this sign which I think is perfect for this challenge.   The sign is surrounded by fields, so it could either mean that we should look out for cattle crossing the road at this point, or, it could mean ‘Beware of the Bull’

Beware of the Bull...ooops, the Cow!!

Beware of the Bull…ooops, the COW!

For more posts check out http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/08/cees-which-way-challenge-2014-1/

Animals Roaming Free

A few months ago, while visiting my daughter in Zimbabwe, we had the pleasure of spending a few days at Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River.   This park is about 2000 square kilometres in size, and there are so many different species of animals and birds there that it is a very special place to be, and very popular with tourists.   We were lucky enough to see elephants, lions resting in the afternoon shade, ignoring all the tourists who stopped to take their photo, warthog, zebra, duiker (a species of deer), hippo, crocodiles, and a lone hyena who stood in the shadows watching us as we prepared our food on the barbecue.    We were hoping to see leopard, but they are very shy creatures, and even though we went on a morning bush walk with an armed guide, we weren’t lucky enough to spot one.

Early morning game walk

Early morning game walk

Here are some shots of the other animals we came across, and if you would like to read another post on Mana Pools, check this one

Give way to warthogs

Give way to warthogs

Elephants and duiker busy ignoring each other.

Elephants and duiker busy ignoring each other.

Home time

Home time

Sunset on the Zambezi

Sunset on the Zambezi

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