Mom and baby giraffe day!...Little birds and crocs...Losing one's memory...


Mom was standing by the river's edge waiting for her baby to join her who was a short distance away.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Little birds stopped by for seeds.  Can anyone help us identify these little birds?
The days and nights roll into one another so quickly we often forget the day of the week. But, that constitutes the extent of any memory loss we may experience.  Of course, there's always been the issue of remembering the names of people we've just met but that's been a lifelong issue for both of us.
Mom appeared to want to show her offspring how to drink from the river.
I've come to the conclusion that not remembering the names of newly met people is due to the fact we're so busy assessing them and formulating opinions as to "who they are" we fail to pay close attention to their names.

Down they went, in an awkward pose, to drink from the river.
We've both found if we focus on hearing their name, we'll remember it, especially if we use their name in conversation during the first meeting.  That's not always easy to do but we've found it really works.

Otherwise, neither of us suffers from any forgetfulness perhaps making us a little too confident that advancing age-associated memory loss will escape us.  Tom's mother who passed away at age 98 had an acute memory, able to recite birthdays, anniversaries and special event in the lives of her many family members. 

The baby tried it on her own while mom stood watch.  Giraffes are vulnerable to predators in this position.
My mother suffered from dementia even at the age I am now which exacerbated until her death at 81 years of age.  Memory loss is heredity and yet I suffer no signs of it approaching and pray this path of good memory continues for many years to come.

If keeping one's mind active is any indicator of prolonging a good memory, we're on the right track.  Never a day passes that we don't discover and learn something new.  Add the task of often putting it down in writing (and photos) on this site, only adds to the depth of our ability to remember.

A few zebras meandered down the hill to the water but mom didn't seem concerned.  Giraffes and zebras seem to comingle well in the wild.
Tom, who proofreads each post daily and shares in the process of conducting research while I'm preparing the post, also gleans a lot of new information daily along with our many adventures with wildlife and nature.

After writing the above comments, we searched online and found an article from Harvard Health at Harvard Medical School listing seven points that aid in maintaining a good memory.

Here they are, as quoted from the article here:

"1. Keep learning

A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active, but pursuing a hobby or learning a new skill can function the same way. Read; join a book group; play chess or bridge; write your life story; do crossword or jigsaw puzzles; take a class; pursue music or art; design a new garden layout. At work, propose or volunteer for a project that involves a skill you don't usually use. Building and preserving brain connections is an ongoing process, so make lifelong learning a priority.

2. Use all your senses

The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory. In one study, adults were shown a series of emotionally neutral images, each presented along with a smell. They were not asked to remember what they saw. Later, they were shown a set of images, this time without odors, and asked to indicate which they'd seen before. They had excellent recall for all odor-paired pictures, and especially for those associated with pleasant smells. Brain imaging indicated that the piriform cortex, the main odor-processing region of the brain, became active when people saw objects originally paired with odors, even though the smells were no longer present and the subjects hadn't tried to remember them. So challenge all your senses as you venture into the unfamiliar. For example, try to guess the ingredients as you smell and taste a new restaurant dish. Give sculpting or ceramics a try, noticing the feel and smell of the materials you're using.

3. Believe in yourself

Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. Middle-aged and older learners do worse on memory tasks when they're exposed to negative stereotypes about aging and memory, and better when the messages are positive about memory preservation into old age. People who believe that they are not in control of their memory function are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience cognitive decline. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

4. Economize your brain use

If you don't need to use mental energy remembering where you laid your keys or the time of your granddaughter's birthday party, you'll be better able to concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things. Take advantage of calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible. Designate a place at home for your glasses, purse, keys, and other items you use often. Remove clutter from your office or home to minimize distractions so you can focus on new information that you want to remember.

5. Repeat what you want to know

When you want to remember something you've just heard, read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. That way, you reinforce the memory or connection. For example, if you've just been told someone's name, use it when you speak with him or her: "So, John, where did you meet Camille?" If you place one of your belongings somewhere other than its usual spot, tell yourself out loud what you've done. And don't hesitate to ask for information to be repeated.

6. Space it out

Repetition is most potent as a learning tool when it's properly timed. It's best not to repeat something many times in a short period, as if you were cramming for an exam. Instead, re-study the essentials after increasingly longer periods of time — once an hour, then every few hours, then every day. Spacing out periods of study is particularly valuable when you are trying to master complicated information, such as the details of a new work assignment. Research shows that spaced rehearsal improves recall not only in healthy people but also in those with certain physically based cognitive problems, such as those associated with multiple sclerosis.

7. Make a mnemonic


This is a creative way to remember lists. Mnemonic devices can take the form of acronyms (such as RICE to remember first-aid advice for injured limbs: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) or sentences (such as the classic "Every good boy does fine" to remember the musical notes E, G, B, D, and F on the lines of the treble clef)."

Although in many ways, the medical profession had led us down the wrong road over the decades, this article appears to be realistic and most likely accurate. 
Yesterday, while on our drive we stopped to check out the scenery at this dam.
In reviewing the above seven points, it's clear we're doing everything possible based on this lifestyle, mostly unintentionally, to enhance our memory as we age.  

When I recall my mother's dementia, I realize how limited her range of learning may have been as she aged.  Many seniors with severe medical problems find themselves sitting in front of a TV screen for most of each day.  In addition, many ill seniors may be taking multiple medications, having an impact on cognition and memory on a day to day basis.
Once we arrived at the hippo pool we spotted a few crocs.
A number of years ago I read Dr. David Perlmutter's Book "Grain Brain" that further explains how consuming a high carbohydrate diet of grains, starches, and sugars grossly impact of our brains as we age.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who may be concerned with memory, regardless of age.

As a matter of fact, Dr. Perlmutter did an article on me as shown here in this post (with photos) on how eliminating inflammatory foods from my diet allowed us to travel the world.  Also, here's the link from our post notifying our readers about the article.
We always enjoy taking a good croc headshot.
No, we don't have all the answers to longevity and good health.  We learn what we can from what we hope are reliable sources and incorporate what we can into our daily lives.

One thing we do know is, should we ever falter in our memories of what we've been doing over these many past years, we can always look online and reread every single post.  That's a perk we have gained from all these busy years, putting our story and photos together to share with all of you.

Hope your day provides you with an opportunity to engage in some of the above memory enhancing tools!

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Photo from one year ago today, September 25, 2017:
A turtle we spotted in a pond in Zarcera, Costa Rica.  For more photos, please click here.

Yikes!!!...A snake in the bedroom???...Or, what?...Adults only photo today.


A waterbuck with it's circular shaped marking on its rear end.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Only 3% of birds on the planet have penises.  For a scientific perspective in an article entitled "Ostrich penis clears up an evolutionary mystery," please click here.
Yesterday on the N4 Highway not far from the entrance to Marloth Park a male lion was spotted on the highway and reported as follows:
A lion spotted by motorists along the N4 near Marloth Park in Mpumalanga is thought to have escaped from the Kruger National Park.
A lion spotted by motorists along the N4 near Marloth Park in Mpumalanga is thought to have escaped from the Kruger National Park.
A lion spotted by motorists along the N4 near Marloth Park in Mpumalanga has been darted and captured.
A spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Kholofelo Nkambule told SowetanLIVE that the lion would be returned to the Kruger National Park from which it is understood to have escaped.
“The lion has been found and darted. It is ready to be sent back to the park where it escaped from‚” said Nkambule.
The lion was sighted in the early hours of Sunday by motorists who posted a video and pictures on Facebook.






This story created quite a flurry of activity on the various Marloth Park pages in Facebook which we followed throughtout the situation, pleased to discover the lion had been darted and returned to Kruger National Park by helocopter.  Thanks to all the local people including Marloth Park rangers for participating in this successful recovery.

Ostriches strutting their stuff!
Our friends Lois and Tom will be arriving here in 15 days traveling on that same road from the airport.  We didn't send them this link to avoid any concern they may have prior to arriving here and becoming more informed and familiar with such occurrences.
Crossing the road...
None the less the situation caused quite a stir on social media in Marloth Park and of course, we enjoyed reading about it throughout the day.

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Boomslang devouring a lizard.  (Not our photo).
Also, yesterday a Marloth Park resident posted the above photo of a venomous boomslang snake devouring a lizard from her veranda.  Quite an interesting sight to see. 
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Down to the very last bite. (Not our photo).
This morning when the power had been out for several hours and we weren't able to finish the post, we jumped in the little car for a drive through the park.
Giraffes, like most animals in the wild are always on the lookout for food.  From this site:  "In Africa, there is a rainy season which allows giraffes to feed on fruits, leaves, twigs, and water but there is also a drought season when they will try to forage for all that they can, mainly acacia trees and bushes. During this rainy months they eat deciduous plants, and during the dry season, the evergreen plants are more consumed. They eat between 34 and 75 kg of vegetation every day."
At the Crocodile River, we spotted five lions but we were too far away for good photos.  Now back at the house at almost 1:00 pm, we're settled in for the remainder of the day and evening.
From this site"The giraffe's main predator is the lion, which can accelerate to almost 50 miles per hour. His second worst enemy, the hyena, can reach 35 mph. If a lion and a giraffe ran a race side by side, the lion would beat the giraffe to the finish line. However, the giraffe is not about to give a predator an even start. He uses his great height and excellent eyesight to spot a pride of lions as far as half a mile away and gets a head start. Lions can sustain their top speed for only about a hundred yards, so they run out of gas before the giraffe does. Hyenas can be more dangerous because they hunt cooperatively. They can take turns sprinting to keep the giraffe from slowing down to catch his breath."
It's not as hot today as it had been several days last week.  It's a paltry 30C (86F) but oddly with no rain for months, its humid today.  The holidaymakers are beginning to leave after the long weekend but many still remain.
Giraffes move quickly so when we spot them we always stop for photos and to observe their fascinating behavior.
There are lots of cars on the road and more will come when the school holidays begin this week.  As a result, we're hardly seeing any visitors other than bushbucks, helmeted guineafowl, mongooses, and a few warthogs.  
Giraffes crossing a dirt road in Marloth Park.
Once the commotion thins out in a few weeks, it will be quiet and peaceful with visitors clamoring in our garden for pellets, carrots, apples, and eggs.  We'll stay busy in the interim doing our favorite pleasurable activities; daily drives to the river; dinner out each week at Jabula Lodge & Restaurant where the food and companionship are divine; socializing and entertaining friends for dinner (this coming Saturday); and continuing to post stories and photos each and every day.
It's dark in our bedroom.  Upon awakening, with Tom already outside on the veranda, I took a peek out the window to see if we had visitors.  Then I noticed this and backed up slowly and calmly.
As for the above photos of what, at first appeared to be a snake, I called Tom into the bedroom and he grabbed the huge telescopic pole he uses to chase off monkeys and baboons, and carefully approached the scene.  
When Tom grabbed the telescopic pole to pull this out from behind the wooden chest, he discovered this.  See story below.
Oh, good grief.  It was his belt which had fallen behind the wooden chest. We couldn't help but laugh out loud especially as we've recalled the situation several times since that morning.

Do we ever get bored?  Never.  Certainly not in this environment.  But, like many other retirees throughout the world, on occasion, we conjure up some added activity to keep us enthused and thoroughly entertained.

Oops, gotta go!  Ms. Bushbuck just arrived.  The pellets are ready for her along with some iced cold carrots, apples and lettuce...her favorites.

Have a spectacular day!

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Photo from one year ago today, September 24, 2017:
Elephant topiary on the church's grounds and topiary in Costa Rica.  For more photos, please click here.

Exquisite scenery from the Marloth Park side of the Crocodile River...Staying healthy, a must for this life!...

It was hard to believe we captured this scene close to sunset.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Notice the appearance of a face in the rocks near the top center of this photo.
It's almost noon on Sunday and I'm getting a late start to today's post. Recently, on a relatively strict diet to lose the weight I'd gained these past few years since my gastrointestinal problems began, I'm only 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) away from my goal.  
A pair of retired generals, perhaps?
Once I reach that goal, I will post the details here including what I've been doing to lose weight which is difficult with my already strict way of eating, what I did and didn't give up, my weight at the start and the final total weight loss.
Zebras were standing in a waterhole drinking and cooling off.
It's been slow, averaging only a .45 kg (one pound) loss per week but I'm thrilled to be able to fit back into clothes I've dragged around the world for a few years hoping I'd fit in them once again.  
A mom and youngster grazing near the water's edge.
Of course, now I'm stuck with many items that are way too big, which I'll donate before we leave South Africa, whenever that may be.  In the interim Tom who'd also gained a few kilos is now gradually returning to his lowest weight which was when we were Belize almost six years ago.
This elephant was trying to figure out how to climb these steep rocks.  Eventually, she turned and took a different route.
We're hell-bent on not carrying excess weight when our goal is to stay fit and healthy so we can continue traveling.  We've both found we feel our very best at the lower end of our weight ranges which like everyone, fluctuates from time to time.
Five giraffes at the river's edge.
No, we're not obsessed with the "numbers' but we're definitely determined to keep our lipids, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and weight at a level of optimum wellness for our ages.
Zebras coming down the steep hill to the Crocodile River.
No doubt, I'd had my share of medical ups and down these past several years.  But, now I see I need to pay more attention to wellness and less attention to the vulnerability of advancing age.  
The hot weather brought many animals down to the Crocodile River.
Fortunately, none of my issues had left me wanting to stop traveling.  At times, it was difficult to carry on but sheer love of our lifestyle has kept me motivated to forging ahead.  Now that I'm feeling so well I never forget to be grateful each and every day while continuing on the mission to maintain good health.

Giraffes rarely bend to the ground other than to drink.  They are vulnerable to predators in this position.
One's mental health is equally important in this process and nothing could bring us more joy than the amazing relationship we share as we travel the world.  This extended stay in South Africa, hopefully lasting until February 20, 2019, when we fly to Kenya (providing we are able to get visa extensions) means we only have 150 days remaining until we leave.

A few male impalas and two giraffes which could be mom and youngster.
That remaining 150 days constitutes a total of four months and 28 days.  We both want to thank all of our worldwide readers for staying with us as we've continued to write and post photos of some fairly repetitive scenarios.

Giraffes heading back up the embankment while zebras languished in the water.
We present today's photos with a little different perspective, not just animal photos per se but scenes with wildlife we've been fortunate to see while on the Marloth Park side of the fence, overlooking the Crocodile River, taken on the two outrageously hot days this past week.

A few of the zebras began to wander off while the others stayed behind.
Enjoy our photos and especially, enjoy YOUR day!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 23, 2017:
Much of the produce at the Central Market in Atenas appears to be imported when it's perfectly shaped and mostly clean.  At the feria, the Friday Atenas Farmer's Market, the vegetables appear to have been "just picked" with excess leaves and insects still on them.  That's the type of produce we prefer to buy.  For more photos, please click here.

Mongoose mania in the morning...Delightful litter critters we're coming to know..What's our weekly expense for is feeding the wildlife?...

The mongoose now comes up the steps to let us know they'd like some eggs.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Mr. Tree Frog has become a regular fixture hanging out on this light fixture every night after dark.  Most likely he's attracted to the possibility of eating many insects around the light.
Mongooses fascinate us.  (Yes, the plural of mongoose is most often mongooses, not necessarily mongeese).  There is no biological connection between mongooses and geese.
The mongooses get along well with Ms. Bushbuck and Baby.
A group of mongooses ranging from 20 to 50 participants is called a band.  In our area in Marloth Park, most often we see the banded (striped) mongoose.  Most often they visit us in small groups of 20 or so but we've definitely had visits from as many as 60 or 70 of the funny little creatures 
"Only one more step to go," says one mongoose to another.
In Africa, there are 34 species of mongooses but there are also these and other species in parts of Asia and Europe.  In many countries, they are highly revered for their ability to fight with a venomous snake, surviving many bites.  

Mongooses are adept at killing snakes due to their agility, thick coats, and specialized acetylcholine receptors that render them resistant or immune to snake venom.  Thus, we welcome them as visitors hoping their presence, which is daily, keeps the snake population at bay during the upcoming spring and summer months.
"I made it all the way to the top.  Now, let's see if the humans notice me!"
Some mongooses are strictly carnivores but those that visit us, the banded mongooses, seem to enjoy eating the small apple chunks that we toss to a wide variety of visitors although not with the enthusiasm as when we provide the bowl of scrambled eggs as shown in today's photo with a mongoose lying in it.
"I'll hide under the braai so they don't see me."
Each week, while I shop for groceries in Komatipoort Tom heads to the market in Lebombo where he purchases five dozen eggs for the mongooses and carrots and apples for the remaining wildlife which we "serve'" along with the pellets.

Our weekly cost for feeding wildlife is as follows:
Carrots 5 kg:  ZAR 34.90  (US $2.44)
Apples 2 bags: ZAR  39.80 (US $2.78)
Eggs 5 dozen:  ZAR 79.80  (US $5.57)
Pellets 60 kg:  ZAR 329.29 (US $23.00)
Total: ZAR 488.79 (US $33.79) 
"Hmm...should I try it too?"
We also eat the carrots in the 5 kg bag since they are of exceptional quality.  However, we don't consume apples with our way of eating and prefer buying "free-range organic eggs" which we purchase weekly at Spar for our own use.

The total weekly/month cost may seem like to big number to be tossing out to wildlife but the amount of enjoyment we get derive while providing wildlife with added sustenance is well worth the money.


"Gee...the eggs are all gone but I think I'll lay in the bowl to let them know we want more."

We never go to a movie, dine out only once per week on average, don't have the cost of upkeep and home maintenance (including cable bills, lawn service, utilities and trips to Home Depot) results in the most exquisite entertainment found anywhere in the world as far as we're concerned.  

In our old lives, it was nothing unusual to drop ZAR 7159 (US $500) during a single trip to Costco, considered in itself to be quite entertaining, while loading up on massive sizes of household goods and food.  Those days are long past.
 
"Trying a different position.  Maybe this will work."

We do not feed the wildlife our leftover food.  We plan our meals carefully and rarely have leftover food to toss.  Nor would we feel it is safe for the wildlife to be fed human food.  Their digestive systems are developed to consume vegetation and for the carnivores, like the banded mongooses that visit us, they consume insects, small rodents, frogs, lizards, snakes, and eggs. 

We often hear stories of holidaymakers and some local residents feeding the wildlife totally inappropriate foods, such as potato chips and fries, pasta and desserts and other sugary, starchy foods that aren't befitting their physical makeup.


"That didn't work.  Maybe I'll take a nap."

In a perfect world, the bush would be rife with greenery, vegetation, and water sufficient to feed the wildlife.  But, the reality is such that it's not always possible and the sustenance we provide is only a tiny portion of what they need to be well nourished.

Soon, when the rains come, we'll be excited to see the wildlife thrive in a richer greener environment. Even so, we have no doubt they'll continue to visit us whether or not they're hungry as they are now in this parched dry terrain.

May your day be rich in experience and purpose.
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Photo from one year ago today, September 22, 2017:
After many inquiries as to these low carb chicken stuffed loaves, this recipe is included in the link below.  Food is a big part of our world travels as we're sure it is for most of you when traveling, whether homemade or dining in restaurants.  We tripled the recipe in order to result in four meals, freezing part of it.  For recipe and instructions, please click here.

Cape buffalo day!...Difficult day for wildlife in Kruger...


There's no expression on this cape buffalo's face that can more clearly illustrate his disdain over the hot weather and lack of water nearby.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
I took this photo of Tom at the Mugg & Bean in Lower Sabie on the hottest day we've experienced since our arrival in South Africa last February.  It was 42C (108F).  Moments later we moved to a table in the shade so Tom wouldn't get sunburned.
Actually, it made sense to be in Kruger on the hottest day of the year.  It gave us an opportunity to see how the wildlife manages to stay as cool as possible under such stressful conditions.
Three cape buffalos crossing the road in Kruger.
In one single outing, we saw so much wildlife, we were stunned.  For us, it isn't always about spotting the Big Five:  lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and cape buffalo.  We've accomplished this on several occasions during our extended periods in Africa.
Thirsty, hot and exhausted cape buffalo by the almost completely dry Verhami Dam.
We tend to focus on the wildlife we encounter along the way, never specifically searching for any particular species.  Sure it's exciting to see "cats" and rhinos and appreciate every sighting.  

Cape buffalo stay close to any water they can find.
But, we also get wrapped up in many other species especially when there's a story to tell such as in yesterday's thrilling newborn elephant sighting as shown in this post.

A lonely looking cape buffalo.  
In the case of today's cape buffalos, we didn't glean a specific story over our many sightings but we did extract a common theme on the hot-weather day...cape buffalos, along with many other wildlife species, need close proximity to water to find any degree of comfort during the hottest days of the season as described here at this website:

"The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. Syncerus caffer caffer, the Cape buffalo, is the typical subspecies, and the largest one, found in Southern and East Africa. S. c. nanus (African forest buffalo) is the smallest subspecies, common in forest areas of Central and West Africa, while S. c. brachyceros is in West Africa and S. c. aequinoctialis is in the savannas of East Africa. The adult buffalo's horns are its characteristic feature; they have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield across the top of the head referred to as a "boss". They are widely regarded as very dangerous animals, as according to some estimates they gore and kill over 200 people every year.
Only very dry bush for sustenance.
The African buffalo is not an ancestor of domestic cattle and is only distantly related to other larger bovines. Owing to its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated, unlike its Asian counterpart, the water buffalo. Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and large crocodiles and are capable of defending themselves. Being a member of the big five game, the Cape buffalo is a sought-after trophy in hunting."
When male cape buffalo don't "win" the right to mate they are ostracized from the herd and left to wander in combination with other males in a similar situation.  Our last guide in Kenya, Anderson, called them "retired generals."
One of the "big five" African game, it is known as "the Black Death" or "widowmaker", and is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal. According to some estimates, it gores and kills over 200 people every year. Buffaloes are sometimes reported to kill more people in Africa than any other animal, although the same claim is also made of hippos and crocodiles. These numbers may be somewhat overestimated, for example in the country of Mozambique, attacks, especially fatal ones, were much less than frequent on humans than those by hippopotamuses and, especially, Nile crocodiles. In Uganda, on the other hand, large herbivores were found to attack more people on average than lions or leopards and have a higher rate of inflicting fatalities during attacks than the predators (the buffalo, in particular, killing humans in 49.5% of attacks on them), but hippos and even elephants may still kill more people per annum here than buffaloes. Buffaloes are notorious among big-game hunters as very dangerous animals, with wounded animals reported to ambush and attack pursuers."
These cape buffalos were hanging out with hippos at the Sunset Dam, a short distance from Lower Sabie.
A few months ago we posted our video of two cape buffalos who's horns had become entangled which ultimately was posted on Kruger's website per their request.  Click here to see our video and here to see it again on Kruger's own site.
Having access to water surely made life easier for these cape buffalos on the outrageously hot day.
We're often able to spot cape buffalos on the Crocodile River as shown below in one of today's photos taken from the fence at Marloth Park overlooking into Kruger.  We took this photo only two days ago.  With all the zebras in the photo with the buffalos, we were pleased with the sighting.

Cape buffalo and zebras on the Crocodile River.
Today, the holidaymakers return for the upcoming two week school holiday officially beginning on Monday.  We can already tell the influence the rush of visitors is impacting the peace and harmony of Marloth Park with many vehicles on the roads and less wildlife visiting us.  

An unbearably hot day in the bush.
With all the commotion many animals head to the parklands where they'll stay until quiet is returned to the bush.  This morning we had quite a few visitors including 15 kudu, a half dozen warthogs, and our usual bushbucks whom we expect will continue to visit several times a day even during the busy time.

A cape buffalo hanging out with a yellow-billed stork.
The construction next door has ended which at least has provided us with the quiet we so much treasure. We'll see how these next few weeks pan out with all the tourists here.  We'll continue our daily drives to the Crocodile River, where once the wildlife is in Kruger National Park, they pay no attention to what's transpiring in this little piece of paradise in Marloth Park.

Water and vegetation surely made this cape buffalo content.
May your day bring you peace and comfort.
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Photo from one year ago today, September 21, 2017:
A beautiful scene in the yard at Iglesia de Catholica Zarcero in Costa Rica.  For more photos of the church please click here.