Cameras – How they enhance the world for VI’sĀ 

I have always had an interest in cameras and taking photos for my memories and to be able to show friends/family etc. 

I didn’t realise however the impact a camera would actually have until I bought my most recent camera the Sony cybershot HX400V. I had before the HX50 which was also fabulous and enabled me to capture and view some of the most amazing scenery and wild animals in Swaziland because without my cameras the lions blended into the background, I couldn’t see the elephants or the tiny birds sitting on top of the rhinos but with my camera and it’s 30x zoom I could see the amazing animals and birds, the sunset sky, and the beautiful surrounding scenery. 

For my birthday I was given the bridge camera cybershot HX400V and again this has enhanced my world and enables me to see what’s in front of me or what is 100mtrs away with it’s 50x zoom it can capture the moon and all it’s craters and all I see without my camera is a white dot,unfortunately it has yet to capture a Star which is something I have always wanted to see but there’s certain things even a camera has its limitations. The other night I was able to watch the clouds roll over and cover the moon when normally I wouldn’t see that at all. 

When I took my new camera to the zoo I was able to capture amazing close ups of the animals which helped me be able to really see the amazing fur the lemurs, orangutans and tigers had, the amazing head of a lion. To me the camera is like binoculars and binoculars I cannot use because I can never find anything and through the viewfinder of a camera I wouldn’t see anything either so I love the big screen on the camera. 

Cameras are certainly an amazing invention and they are constantly improving and for me it really is a really useful tool to help me enjoy the outdoors, the little birds to see their amazing feathers and to be able to marvel at their beauty is something people take for granted If they can see, to be able to see the moon and it’s craters is truly amazing and constantly when looking back at my photos of Swaziland I notice something different in the picture such as an extra lion which I totally missed when out there or a lizard on a tree. Makes me more amazed every time I take a picture of God’s creation šŸ™‚ 

Moon with a dark cloud like a hairball moving over the bottom 

Pic 2 a view over Jacobs ladder beach with All the different blues of the sea the green grass and the sky And the tower to the left on a sunny afternoon 

Moon in a completely dark sky 

Mlilwane

Day 3 we transferred and said goodbye to Mbabane and moved to Mlilwane were we were more in tune with nature than I have ever been before. We stayed in what the swazi’s call beehive huts but I have always called them half coconuts because that is really what they look like. They are beautiful little huts and I was so looking forward to staying in one and being in the midst of some wild animals. At the camp we saw Nyala, Impala and Blesbok which are all a type of antelope, they have the most beautiful and soft eyes and were just happily munching the grass at the camp. There were also warthogs which are the cutest little things but with the most annoying voices screaming the place down if the babies couldn’t locate their mothers! We did witness some people being stupid with the warthogs trying to get near them and touch them and it really annoyed me because these are wild animals who can do damage if they want to, they are not to be played or tampered with, leave them be and observe them from afar. Yes I so wanted to feel their fur because not being able to see them touching them enables us to build a picture of whatever it is but I know that they are wild animals and we were told not to go near them. We were very fortunate in that we were able to feel crocodile skin which is very weird, Impala, vervet monkey, blesbok and Nyala fur which was incredible all so beautifully made, we also allowed to feel skeletons for various animals included elephant, rhino and giraffe and the various antelopes and it was amazing just to feel the solid but fragility of these skulls, a very unique opportunity to feel how carefully and wonderfully made these animals are.

Later in evening we went on a safari drive where we were able to see wild blesbok, wilderbeast, nyala, impala and Zebra. All these animals in their natural environment was amazing to see. All with their unique colours, coats and antlers. Take the Zebra for example with it’s most amazing stripes and just being out in the jeep sitting near them as they happily eat the grass. We also got to see not so nice snares which poachers put out to catch different animals all collected by the rangers of the Mlilwane national park rangers. What a valuable job they do keeping these animals safe from poachers. Out in the wilderness with these wild animals was tranquil, we were able to sit by the dam drinking and listening for the different sounds of the animals. Pure Bliss

First pic shows me in a beige polo shirt and beige shorts with a black bumbag on standing in the doorway of a beehive hut or half coconut as I would call it.

second pic shows a Nyala which is a light brown antelope with white stripes eating grass

Pic 3 shows an elephant an rhino skull both extremely large skulls.

Pic 4 shows Impala which is a dark brown antelope with a lighter brown half way down its body before going white underneath eating grass.

Pic 5 is a Blesbok which is a really dark grey/brown colour again going lighter towards the bottom eating grass.

Pic 5 shows a dark brown wildebeest standing tall in a patch of grass.

Pic 6 shows a baby black and white striped zebra in the grass standing next to the back of its mum.

and pic 7 shows the mountains and hills and lake as we sit by drinking and listening for sounds of the different animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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The pine forest Mhlambanyatsi

I’ve been asked to share via my blog more of the scenery and animals I saw on my holiday to Swaziland, of course I’m jumping at the chance to relive memories of that once in lifetime never to be forgotten holiday! 

Swaziland is an amazing little kingdom with the nicest, sweetest and loveliest people around, they care so much for their little kingdom and the enthusiasm they show puts a smile on anyone’s face! 

On our way to Swaziland we stopped off at a service station and this was the most amazing service station I have ever come across. It had a watering hole which we could at and there was a huge expanse of green space and that time I was told and thanks to my camera I know there were buffalo, ostriches and Emu’s but no rhinos first time round. That was our first taste of Africa! 

On the first day when we arrived in Swaziland at our hotel for 2 nights we were in our room and I could hear horses neighing and the lady I shared with told me a horse was riding around the grounds at the bottom of the hotel. 

We then went for a walk in the wooded pine forest just outside the hotel, it was getting dark but there was something tranquil about that forest, it was quiet, we didn’t see or hear any animals and we were told not many animals like this kind of forest. There were however the most vibrantly coloured flowers which were so beautiful and bright and they were made with perfection (pictures will be added). One was a brilliant purple or violet whichever you wish to use, it was a pretty flat flower and the other was kind of like a hanging Lamp shade and it’s a red and yellow and again just amazing and the last one aaa quite a thin flower pearl white and had thin petals, to think these flowers are part of our wonderful creation amazes me, no Big Bang can create something so amazing! 

Even the pine trees in the forest were beautiful but in a different kind of way and just so very different. The forest felt eery and so quiet apart from the odd car. The hotel is an amazing little place and in really lovely surroundings but it’s gets even better as the holiday goes on! Next blog tomorrow
A green leafed background with a twig diagonally across the top right of the picture and in the centre is the beautiful violet flowers fully open. 

The beautiful red and yellow lampshade flower the colours run through like veins and a blurred background 

A collection of 3 white flowers with single petals against a blurred background 

A single emu looking to the camera standing on grass with stones in front of his feet 

A strutting ostrich across the grass with buffalo in 6 buffalo in the background and in the forefront is a tiny bit of the watering hole 

A herd of buffalo can’t count eating the grass 


Tarmac in front of A electric fence and behind is the watering hole with buffalo and ostrich in the background 

Creation is amazingĀ 

Just watched a program about Autumn and how different animals get ready for winter, the Ā great lengths they go to survive and the obstacles they have to try and overcome.

The program started with a cute chipmunk stuffing as many acorns in its mouth as possible and taking them to a secret hiding place before it heads out again for more! In the meantime another chipmunk is stealing acorns from the secret hole just as the first chipmunk returns and realises all his acorns are gone! They have a fight before mr chipmunk goes back to the job in hand. They are such cute creatures and the amount they can stuff in their mouth is amazing and really funny.

We then watched beavers who are the only animals who can gnaw through a whole tree! And then take the branches to a secret place under the water in prep for winter, their enemy is the moose but the beaver is vicious and splashes the moose with water to make it go away. The baby guillemots who have to jump off a high cliff at 3 weeks old! How any survive is beyond me but at least some of their fathers go with them to make sure they make it whilst others unfortunately left to their own devices fall into the path of a prying fox.

Bears catching the salmon at the top of a waterfall and the mother with 3 babies having to wait till the males are finished before having her turn. 500 million geese fly 3000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico and a weird beetle who chucks other beetles off a tree mates with the female who isn’t really interested before chucking her off the tree too lol! How nasty is that. And lastly the wonderful Impala who unfortunately was had by 2 cheetah siblings in South Africa, brings back my wonderful memories of Swaziland!

I find creation fascinating, God created an amazing world, he definitely had a sense of humour when creating certain animals and just the wonderful seasons and what they mean for various animals is Incredible and I certainly forget sometimes what an amazing world we live in surrounded by such amazing animals. I have to say I was very fortunate seeing some of the world’s most amazing and majestic animals in the kingdom of Swaziland and spending time with the people who safeguard these animals. Thank you to big game parks for protecting Swaziland’s wildlife! Keep up the good work šŸ™‚