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Letters from Afrika

madikwe-10There are moments in life where experiences and places envelope the soul.  It may be as ordinary as sharing a cup of coffee and meaningful conversation  or as extraordinary as standing on the edge of the world.  Whatever it is, these moments are balm for the aches left by the daily grind, and they remind us that all the noise in life is just fluff filling up time and space.  Ultimately, they re-focus us and tune us into the things that matter most.

In 2009, David and I were privileged to visit Botswana and South Africa with a church group in college.  It was during this visit that I fell in love with the beauty of southern Africa.  Its people, culture, and natural splendor captured my heart.

After our time in Botswana, we took a two day safari through the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.  My group stayed at…

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I am retired and photography is my hobby/passion. I take tons of pictures but I especially like wildlife and nature. We took a trip down the coast and were at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. At the time, I was still using film, and was at the tail end of a roll, so I went to finish the roll before the nest show went on. Well, it was Spring, and new born chicks were everywhere, so close at the time you could practically touch them. That was it, I was completely hooked, as I had never seen so many birds nesting at one time. We were in the middle of a natural nesting site. The chicks were so close and so cute, I couldn't wait to upgrade to a digital camera. I spent a lot of time on the boardwalk snapping away. My first camera was actually a Kodak Brownie, and then I progressed up from there. I just love Photography, and I took Scott Kelby's Course (Shoot Like A Pro) . It was a great day.

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