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Above the Clouds~


Looking down upon a hurrying world,

above the clouds,

offers detachment,

perspective,

and peace.

World’s away,

and above it all.

Cheers to you from peaceful heights and prayers to those in Irma’s path~

Squirrel Nutkin & His Holler Friends~

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Squirrel Nutkin has his favorite chair, where birdseed falls on his head like manna, unasked for, from heaven.
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It’s perfect place for pillow-hiding where no one can see him at all, if only it weren’t for his tell-tale-tail!
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He can scale the walls like spiderman,
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and perch on his chair like a king on his throne.

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Baby-Bunting-Birdie is confused by all the action, but never hops by without leaving a gift, so thoughtful!
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The Grosbeaks create the showers of seeds while stuffing their beaks past full.

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The docile doves just watch the show.

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Cheers to you from the setting sun and another critter-full Holler day~
(Thank you Ms. Potter for many happy childhood reads about Squirrel Nutkin and all his animal friends).

Storm Sunsets Mid-Atlantic~

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Storm series follow us,

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across the Atlantic,

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spawning deep ocean waves and painting sunsets,
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for only the fish,
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and our lonely boat,

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to see.
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Cheers to you from the living sea.
Note: We have limited internet mid-ocean so I am missing you and look forward to catching up when we reach land.

Desert Flowers~

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Cacti in peak spring bloom,

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bursting to rival spring flowers.

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Citron, ruby, pearl, amethyst.

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A bejeweled thorn garden,
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with cactus fairies dressed in buds.

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Queen Yucca reigns,

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while lowly barrel floats cellophane flowers.

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Arid desert landscape,
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yields burgeoning blooms.
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Cheers to you from the flowering desert~

Sunset Progression Mid-Atlantic~

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No ships seen for days,
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in the Sargasso Sea.
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Just the sea,
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and the sun,
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as it rises,
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and sets.

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Casting reflections,
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on a lonely ship.
Cheers to you, from your setting sun~

Olifants~

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The Olifants River is a tributary of the “Great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo river.” *
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The river runs through the center of Kruger National Park, dividing the northern and southern regions.
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Olifants rest camp has arguably the best view in Kruger, lying hundreds of feet about the river and offering panoramic views of the African veld from the comfort of your rondavel porch. All of these photos were taken from our porch, with the exception of a few of the following ones, taken in the bush near the river.
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If you look you can see blurring near the elephants feet. This is when my camera started to break down after three harsh weeks in the bush.
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A huge variety of animals come to the river to drink, including of course the elephants that often walk single file to the water. In South Africa winter is the dry season, and the river provides scare water to a variety of animals. Olifants is the Afrikaans word for elephant, and many elephant herds spend the South African winter near the river.
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There is a long walk from the shelter of the veld to the river and animals make the trip in a very cautious manner, always on the lookout for predators. Zebras have a guard who scans the bush while the herd drinks. You can see the guard on duty on the far right.
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Giraffes are the most cautious of all. They scan the veld closely before drinking. They must essentially disable themselves to drink, buckling or splaying their legs in order for their heads to reach the water and this makes them vulnerable to attack.
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When they drink, they do so briefly, immediately resuming the scan, before they drink again. Giraffes only sleep for minutes at a time, remaining continuously vigilant.
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Great herds of Cape Buffalo come to the river to drink.
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Hundreds block the road enroute to the river and when you encounter a herd, you sit in your car, surrounded by a sea of huge buffalo and wait.
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It is unnerving, especially when you are the only one on the road. You can see this buffalo warning us not to proceed. We listened to him!
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I am home at The Holler now, but send you cheers, and a South African river sunset!
* Source:The Elephant’s Child, Rudyard Kilpling

Holler Sunset & The Rains Finally Come!

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A rainstorm is forecasted to arrive at The Holler.
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All we can see is a spectacular Holler sunset progression.
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The sky is lit with fire.
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The next day the rain clouds are here, so we head to the ocean to watch the squalls move in.
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Soon they are moving in with attitude!
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We race back to The Holler, where the rains have finally come!
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Cheers to you from the happy Holler plants and critters who are still, at this writing, being blessed with RAIN!