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TBT seems to be the rage on Instagram so I thought I would post a few “oldies” here.  Actually these pics have been posted before a couple of years ago.  But what the hey!

Kiki Berti

Little Chiara

Lori Press, Lyndhurst NJ

Little Me

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My friend Barbara just returned from a lovely long trip to South Africa.  I had been there with her many years ago and loved every minute of my adventure and experience.  I went back to South Africa a few years ago, this time with my husband and my sister and brother in-law.  We had a great time and I was able to relive and revisit some of the best of my former trip.  On my second trip we went to Kruger National Park and on safari.  There is NOTHING like seeing one of great beasts of Africa close up and free.  Giraffes towered over the truck, a pride of lions walked alongside our vehicle before dawn one day.

Africa is ginormous and different!  Not just different from here, lol, Manhattan but different looking countryside is everywhere.  I can’t say that I have traveled extensively through my own country so I don’t know if the mountains in Colorado resemble the mountains in Africa or if the forests of the Northwest are anything like the amazing forest we saw along the Panoramic Route.

Barbara left South Africa to go on a road trip that took them northeast to Namibia and she went on safari there.  Unfortunately she didn’t send me a lot of photos – but I did get to see them last night.  I was flabbergasted by the totally different terrain there.  Gone were the lush green forests and waterfalls of South Africa and in their place, dessert.  Deserts filled with Quiver trees and brush.  Huge almost barren landscapes next to virgin beaches with the whitest of sand.  And there were also fields of flowers in every color imaginable.  When I was in South Africa I fell in love with Proteas, that beautiful big fat blossom of a flower, but Barbara had photos of flowers I never knew existed.

PROTEAS photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

PROTEAS
photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

Best of all, best of any trip to Africa are the wildlife.   I have one photo she sent to me while she was there.  It speaks for itself.

Magnificent Beasts photo by Barbara

Magnificent Beasts
photo by Barbara

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My friend Barbara is in South Africa and oh do I wish I was there!  She and I went to South Africa several years ago and the memories of that experience reside in the forefront of my memory bank.  I can remember everything we did and all that we saw.  It was an amazing experience for me and I would love to go back again.  Truth be known, I did go back after that first trip and did re-visit many of the wonderful places I had shared with Chris and Barbara.  

I think they are going further north and perhaps into Botswana to go on safari and I really wish I was going with them.  She just sent me a photo of one of our favorite South Africa must-see places.  If you love penguins and I certainly do then Boulders Beach is for you.

These adorable little penguins scurry around and all over the beach area.  You can see their nests, the babies and best of all frolicking penguins in the ocean.

Boulders Beach  Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach
Cape Town, South Africa

 

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Orangent you glad that Murray Head sends me photographs to post? 

FAB FOTO FRIDAY

Even though it’s Saturday, these photos were taken on Friday so they still count as our FAB FOTO FRIDAY featured photographs.  You’ve heard of Sunday in the Park with George, this is Friday in the park with Murray!

Baltimore Oriole

"Can you hear me now"?

Central ,Park new york city, orange flowers

Oh so pretty Orange Flowers

central park, new york city, baltimore oriole

Bold and beautiful Baltimore Oriole

central park, new york city, baltimore oriole

Baltimore Oriole profile

central park, new york city

Why are Goldfish Orange?

duck, pond, central park, new york city

Little Duckling

All photos courtesy of Murray Head



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If you have been following the blog or FAB FOTO FRIDAYS you know that a while ago I featured an art installation on Dag Hammerskjold Plaza near the United Nations.  It is called Borders with human-like sculptures posed standing and sitting in the park.  Today is MAY DAY! In additions to the Borders “people”, Dag Hammerskjold Plaza was home to a true May Day celebration.

May Day, Dag Hammerskjold Plaza
May Day Child

photo by Murray Head

new york city, Borders, dag hammerskjold
May Day Diversity

photo by Murray Head

dag hammerskjold plaza, may day, maypole
May Day Missy

photo by Murray Head

dag hammerskjold plaza, may day flowers
May Day Flower Basket

photo by Murray Head

May Day, May Pole, new york city

Dancing Around the Maypole

Photos by Murray Head

maypole

May Day Maypole Ribbons

Photo by Murray Head

BORDERS, dag hammerskjold plaza, new york city

May Day knows no Borders!

photo by Murray Head

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