Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Eureka! It works! (blog change again)

Hi folks, you should FINALLY be able to leave comments on my blog, even if your browser of choice is safari. Whew!! So - speaking of safari - this is so appropriate -

These AMAZING photos are just a teensy sampling of those taken by my son on safari at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge in South Africa. I know this is supposed to be an art teacher blog, but heck, who doesn't like pictures of animals? I'm planning to do some African animals lessons this year in school, so these photos should help.

Isn't a rhino just about the silliest looking animal ever? And my kitty yawns and stretches just like this cheetah!
In case you don't know your animals, that photo in the middle is a buffalo!

I'm going to get more photos from him and hopefully soon post pics of his 216m bungee jump and some images of the beautiful South African coastline,etc.

As for my blog - I changed it back to a SIMPLE template, and gave up on tryingto be more original. My son, with his Mac, kept checking it as I changed it to see if comments could be made using safari, and finally it should all be OK. I like the wallpaper, because it actually reminds me of some in my house. When my son is free, he will help locate my missing dragon image for the title and then I don't think I'll change it for a while any more... I've learned my lesson! :-)


  1. Yay! I can comment! I cannot believe the pictures your son took. What I really can't believe is that he was in the midst of these beautiful, dangerous, creatures. This is amazing. I get chills just thinking of being close to these animals in the wild. I went to the amazon jungle once but saw no animals! The guides told me they mostly come out at night to hunt and we definitely didn't want to be around then. The cheetahs are surreal. Was he scared out of his mind or just in awe?

    By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog. It's nice think of those people/teachers who effortlessly inspire others just by being themselves! Break out the PAINT:)

  2. Phyl- I love that we both posted out boys photos today:) You son is quite talented. It made me smile to think he had a camera in his hand as a child as I just put a camera in mine. I'm so glad to have met you via blog. You seem to be an amazing person and loving mom. I'm glad the commenting is working now.

  3. These photos are simply AMAZING Phyl!He's quite a good photographer!(His Mother has clearly taught him about composition - HA!) I know you're happy to have your son safe at home and relishing all his stories! Glad your blog is up and running without a hitch now. Mine is in need of a little rejuvenation as well. My summer program is coming to an end, so I'll have to get going with it.

  4. You gals are so sweet, thanks for your kind words. Erica, he was not scared. After all, this is a kid who had just bungeed 216m off a bridge. A scary leopard eating a warthog? Nah...
    They were told that if they STOOD in the vehicle they might get a different reaction from the animals, but as long as they remain seated, the animals don't notice the vehicle & people - they are used to it. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and the best was the leopard experience, because it was a mom w/2 cubs, just learning to eat solid food. The cubs were skittish at first, but then got used to the vehicle and played and ate. The mom was lying RIGHT NEXT TO THE VEHICLE while she pigged out!
    They went out in the early morning, came back and stayed in the lodge area midday when the animals are not 'out', and then went out again later in the afternoon. He also has photos of a lion momma and cubs taken at night.
    The whole safari experience was quite unique because the relative living in Johannesburg are (my husband's nephew, who my son had not previously met) that arranged for the safari, had 'connections' and while most safari vehicles stay on designated roads or paths, this operation is allowed to go anywhere in the bush - complete free reign. This safari would cost the normal tourist upwards of $1000 a day. I guess it pays to know the right people!!
    I'm so glad we bought our son the good camera for his 21st b'day - he felt guilty about telling us what he wanted, but in the end told us, and it's a Nikon digital SLR and he loves it!

  5. The blog template looks great! Love your son's pictures from Africa. I have some too that my brother took when he went to Uganda in January. They will make good reference photos if we do some projects with these animals.