Sunday, June 29, 2014

Poetry Pantry #207

Photos from South Africa

   The elephant rehab centre is  near
Kruger National Park. Kerry's daughter and
mother-in-law rode elephants there.

At the cheetah rehab center in the vicinity of the 
town of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.

Another taken at the Kwa Cheetah Breeding Program.
Kerry can be seen at the table behind the cheetah.

Drakensberg Escarpment

Drakensberg Mountains -

The Drakensberg mountain range forms the Eastern escarpment of South Africa, 
which rises to 2000 - 3000 km in height - the central region of the country is a great plateau. 




Greetings, Poets!

Oh, these Sundays do come around fast, don't they?

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  Admittedly, I personally appreciate those with whom there is a feeling of reciprocity, which makes for a feeling of community.  I think we ALL tend to visit (after a while) people with whom we reciprocate.

This week and next week I am featuring photos shared by Kerry O'Connor, most of  which were taken in the vicinity of the town of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,  where she lives.  Ladysmith is a town in the so-called Battlefields area of Kwa-Zulu Natal, as it was the site of a famous siege siege during the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1900). If you are interested in finding out more about the Kwa Cheetah Breeding Program pictured above, click here.  The photo of the elephant was taken a bit further north.  The photographer  is Kerry's husband, H. J. Clark.

Be sure to visit Poets United tomorrow to see what Sherry Blue Sky  has planned to share.  Will it be a featured poet?  A featured blog?  Or a featured poem?

Glad to see there is always a  great turn-out for Midweek Motif.  We hope to see you this coming week for another challenging prompt by Susan Chast!  (And, ha, perhaps many of you have noticed that if you look at one week's prompt Susan gives  a clue about the following week's prompt as well, so you can get a head start.)

And on Friday, remember to see who Rosemary Nissen-Wade features on "I Wish I Had Written This" or  "The Living Dead."

I issue an invitation here to those of you who participate in Poetry Pantry.  If YOU have special photos that you would like me to feature some week, let me know what kind of photos you have.  There are participants here from many different cities, many different countries.  I think it is great fun to see different areas featured. I am especially interested in scenic views of your area or an area you have visited.  Send inquiries first to dixibear@aol.com letting me know what you have.  I am interested in city or country views - in your home area or places you have traveled.

Link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below. Then visit other poets.  And I will too.  (If I miss your poem, visit me, and I will visit you... I am like anyone else, appreciating reciprocity.) We ALL like comments, so if you link please DO spend time visiting others.  That is part of the fun as well.  We really like it if you link back to Poets United too, so we spread the Poetry Pantry word in the blogosphere.

Come back a few times on Sunday and Monday to see what's new.  Visit some strangers, and they will become new friends!  Making new friends and reading new poetry, what more could one want?

If you are on Facebook, look for us there as well. Join our site.  It is one more way to stay in touch!

And now...here is the procedure, for those who are new here:  Each Sunday we start a new post with a New Mr. Linky for you. This is so that you can post a link to a poem in your blog. The link will close Monday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), but you can still visit the links of those who have posted them.

49 comments:

  1. Good morning poets! Thank you, Kerry, for the stunning photos. Cheetahs and elephants are such beautiful animals. I will be away most of the day but will visit people before I leave and again tonight. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  2. Fabulous scenes to enjoy with my breakfast coffee. Thank you Kerry.
    Good morning Mary. such a nice way to start Sunday.

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  3. Good morning to all on a very misty Sunday in Ladysmith. Thanks to Mary for the invite to share some scenes of my part of the world. An interesting point which I discovered after my encounter with the cheetah is that if you are allergic to cats, you will be twice as allergic to the BIG ones. This cheetah's paw was injured at birth, and it would have died in the wild, being unable to hunt. It is totally tame and roams freely within the precincts of the rehab centre.

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  4. Good morning everyone. And, Kerry, thank you for the additional information. How very cool to be able to be so close to a cheetah and not fear. It is still the middle of the night here, but after reading some poetry this morning I will have to catch the rest much later as I will go to a strawberry feat which happens one weekend a year here. Please if you share a link, do visit other members of the community. Happy Sunday, all.

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  5. Good Morning! or maybe not quite morning, but definitely good. And look at all the activity in the morning. I turn 63 years old today, 63 years young. I love Kerry's pictures. I have noticed that since I started writing every day I am much more cheerful and happy. Neat, huh? I'm going back to bed for a while.

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    1. Maligayang Kaarawan, Susan!

      (it's happy birthday in Tagalog, my native tongue)

      smiles.

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    2. Happy Birthday... May you be well, happy, and peaceful. :-)

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  6. Morning All and especially to you Kerry - love the photos... Have never been to South Africa and how lucky you were to see a cheetah in the wild - dazzling creatures... My weekend started early today on a sunny morning in the UK. The photo share initiative is working out really well Mary. My offering this month was also shared on diverse yesterday, where there were some really good reads - look forward to some more today...

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  7. good morning to all the poets! it's been awhile for me...
    these are really amazing photographs, love the landscape!

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  8. kerry, what amazing animals....cool shots...
    happy sunday all...will be around shortly...overslept just a bit
    after the drive yesterday...

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    1. I put some thoughts on your blog hope you find them. . .

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    2. i did. i appreciate it james.

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  9. Good morning everyone ~ Thanks for the pictures Kerry, so interesting to see the world from your point of view ~

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  10. Awesome pics, Kerry! The cheetah did really look harmless---wow!. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday to all!

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    1. Your presence is always a gift, Kelvin.

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  11. Hey all, just a note to say I've posted and had time to look over the offerings, kind of been crazy with work recently Best, James

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    1. Hope you will also enjoy commenting on those you have looked over, James.

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    2. he just visited mine from wednesday last night, so maybe we are heading the right direction...smiles.

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  12. Good morning and as I look out the pantry window I see wild animals! What a treat! ( In addition to the wild and creative artists :-)
    ZQ

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  13. what beautiful pics of that region of the world and the animals, sigh, if only man had comprarable wisdom and beauty.

    posted a little light and loving ditty for the sunday morning lovers

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    1. Really enjoyed it, Marcoantonio.

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  14. hello people it gives me so much of pleasure to come to poets united every week and share poems at a platform where poets from all over the world assemble. :)

    my this week's entry is originally in my native language, but have translated and shared it with you... do read and give your feedback :)

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    1. Hope you will read and give feedback to others this week too!

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  15. Oh, what wonderful photos. Thank you.
    Hope everyone has a joyous week.

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  16. Oh, Kerry, such photos! How I would love to be that close to an uncaged cheetah!!!! and the elephants! Thank you for this glimpse of wonder. Mary, thank you for so faithfully tending the Pantry every week . And thanks, kids, for stocking it with such delectable offerings! We couldnt do it without you!

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    1. And thanks for your support, Sherry.

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  17. those are some very nice pics of South Africa. I enjoyed them very much. Now my piece is about peace. :)

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    1. Nice to see you, James; and peace is always relevant.

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  18. Happy Sunday! Excited to read everyone's posts :)

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  19. Glad to be here this morning, even if a little late

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    1. You are not late at all, Audrey.

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  20. Luv the photos, the cheetah is magnificent Thanks for hosting us a lovely Sunday to you

    Much love...

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    1. And a lovely Sunday to you, Gillena.

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  21. Great photos - just picking up my head from a week with the flu as my constant companion - back to read and comment - later on

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    1. We will enjoy your comments, Pearl.

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    2. My screen doesn't show a comment box on your poem posting, so let me tell you here how much I enjoyed the birthday poem, especially the sense that she has already mapped out time, phases and futures.

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