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Storm Approaching Koffylaagte Game Lodge

Once again, I have been playing around with the HDR effect. This picture was taken out at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape. There was a storm approaching, but completely fizzled out to a drizzle on getting there. We enjoyed the game drives, the quad biking and also the delicious food that they had on offer. The kids also enjoyed a swim in the pool and had fun on the horses. All in all, this place was a magnificent place to stay for the weekend and a good time had by all.

There are a number of programs you can use to do HDR, namely : Photomatix (paid for), Picturenaut and a few other free ones. Also search Google for HDR Tutorials and start learning this fun technique.

Storm Approaching Koffylaagte

Majestic Giraffe

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed hoofed mammal, the tallest of all land living animals, and the largest ruminant. Its scientific name, which is similar to its archaic English name of camelopard, refers to its irregular patches of color on a light background, which bear a resemblance to a leopard’s spots, and its face, which is similar to that of a camel. In addition to these features, the giraffe is recognized for its extremely long neck and legs and prominent horns. The giraffe stands 5 to 6 meters tall with an average weight of 1200 kilograms for males and 830 kilograms for females. The giraffe is classified under the family Giraffidae along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The giraffes diet mainly consists of Acacia Leaves which is their favorite food. This photo was taken at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Giraffe Picture

Some Facts About Giraffes:
Its tongue is 18 inches long.
Typically get most of their water from the Acacia leaf, but will drink up to 10 gallons of water per day.
The horns or knobs on the giraffes head are called Ossicones
Their heart is 610mm long and weighs about 12 kilograms
Their heart beats up to 170 times/minute

Giraffe Picture

Some More Facts About Giraffes:
Their tongue is black.
Only found naturally in Africa.
Can gallop around 49 to 57 kilometers per hour.
Males known as bulls.
Females known as cows.
Favorite food – Acacia Leaves
Giraffes usually only sleep about 5 minutes at a time.

Giraffe Picture

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Mygalomorph Spider

Mygalomorph spiders are from a group including more than 2,600 described species, classified into over 300 genera and 15 families. Mygalomorphs include tarantulas (also called baboon spiders) and trapdoor spiders, but many other distinctive taxonomic groups exist. Most Mygalomorphs are relatively large, long-lived (15 to 30 years), ground dwelling spiders – the largest spiders in the world are in fact mygalomorphs. They have very long spinnerets and make messy silky webs. This particular spider is a diplurid, a sheet web spider and the genus is Allothele. She was found hiding under a rock at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Mygalomorph Spider

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Karoo Flat Gecko

The Karoo Flat gecko or Afroedura Karroica has a flat head and large copper coloured eyes. The body is covered in a soft granular skin which is a tannish colour with dark blotches. The belly is cream in color. The female will lay two eggs, but a communal nest may contain hundreds. They live mainly under rocks in mountains and grasslands of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This picture was shot at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Karoo Gecko

Another view of the same gecko

Karoo Gecko

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Sunset Silhouette

If you want to have a really relaxing holiday or just go away for the weekend for a bit of piece and quiet. Koffylaagte is the place for this. A place with good food, good company and lots of game to view. This is where you will find a sunset this beautiful. For more information visit Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Sunset

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Cape Weaver Building a Nest

The Cape Weaver, Ploceus capensis is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. It breeds in trees and reedbeds. This one was in a fever tree. The Cape Weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch or reed. The Hadada Ibis will sometimes nest in the weaver colonies. The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects. The Cape Weaver is a stocky 17 cm long bird with streaked olive-brown upperparts and a long pointed conical bill. The breeding male has a yellow head and underparts, an orange face, and a white iris. The adult female has an olive-yellow head and breast, shading to pale yellow on the lower belly. Her eyes are brown. Young birds are similar to the female. This photo was shot at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Cape Weaver

This one was photoed at Addo Elephant Park

Cape Weaver

Another Cape Weaver photoed at Addo Elephant Park

Cape Weaver