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Friday, March 12, 2010

African Wildlife, Part I

One of the first questions people ask us when they find out we live in Africa is about what animals we have seen. Sadly, we didn't see a lion until after about 11 months, but we were a little busy being missionaries and all : )

Thankfully, we were eventually able to see some of the stunning wildlife that this continent is famed for. Unlike so much in Africa, much of it was just as we expected- big, beautiful, stunning, and memorable. See for yourself:

The first majestic "African" animal we saw was the giraffe. It was rather shocking to see them in the wild, and they let us get within 15 meters or so- crazy!

Seriously, this zebra is actually black and white, but it looks black and tan because of the dirt it has been rolling in to keep the flies away.

It doesn't matter what you do to try to make them look beautiful, baboons are just not photogenic creatures. They are EVERYWHERE here.

I kid you not, this bee had a wingspan of 3 inches!

A majestic cheetah in motion:

And another cheetah shot:

Did you know they have penguins in Africa for real? It's not just in the movie "Madagascar;" this one lives off the coast of South Africa.

Seals also live in the water near S.A.:

Legs that go on for days:

Up close and personal with the king of the savanna:

There will be lots more wildlife shots for your viewing pleasure when we are home from our trip!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Love & Marriage

Typically speaking, I am most comfortably behind the camera. I have never felt completely comfortable having my picture taken, but I decided that I wanted to be in a few captured memories of our time here in Namibia. Additionally, I think it is so important for couples to have pictures taken together periodically. Life can end in the blink of an eye, and it's worth capturing your love on film for all eternity.

With that in mind, I have been practicing using the timer on our camera this past year in order to snap a few shots of my wonderful husband, Josh, and I. Here they are:

He is so sweet:

At "The Bridge" rock formation at Spitzkoppe:

On the Swakopmund Coast:

Oanob Dam:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Life: African Style

2A few shots to show you a bit of what life is like in Africa:

This rainbow graced us at sunrise, which was...early, thankyouverymuch. (SO worth it!)

Take a close look at where this tree is located- it is growing in the middle of a road!!! In fact, it grew precisely in front of our first host home. We don't have street names here, so it was really convenient to just say, "You know where that tree grows in the middle of the road?..."

Guess which one is Josh???

A little bit of peace on the edge of town.

Since theft and burglary are a real issue here, everyone has bars on the windows and high fences that surround their property. Usually, fences are topped with barbed wire so that unwanted visitors can't climb over. However, one household found that broken bottles did the trick.

These traditional-style spears were being sold in a local market. Josh drooled over them, but we decided they may be a bit tough to get through airport security...

One of my favorite shots from Africa thus far. Symbolic in so many ways...


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