Friday, April 1, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: A

I am aquiver with excitement to have found a wonderful new event in the 'Blogging From A to Z April Challenge', hosted by Arlee Bird and friends at 'Tossing it Out'. The premise is to post every day in April except Sundays, which will result in twenty-six posts...one for each letter of the alphabet.

I knew immediately what theme I would use to bind the posts together. On a trip to East Africa a few years ago, I strove to get photos of as many animals and birds as I could, while frantically scribbling down their names as our guides rattled them off...not an easy thing to do in a safari truck bumping endlessly over rough, pitted roads!

And so I begin my African Alphabet....
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A is for Antelope

There are antelopes of many kinds in Africa. This photo is of a Thomson's Gazelle we spotted at a watering hole in Kenya's Samburu Game Reserve. I will show you more antelope in the days to come!
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A is also for Agama Lizard



While these fellows will not be to everyone's taste, I must admit to a fondness for reptiles. 
Getting close up and personal with these quiet and colourful lizards was a rare opportunity I happily latched onto as they sunned on the rocks all around us.

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If you're up to it, why not take this challenge, too? Anything goes...fiction, poetry, essays, travel. Hundreds have alread posted their links, so while it seems unlikely I will be able to visit them all each day, I'm going to give it a very good try. Thank you for the inspiration, Arlee Bird!!
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11 comments:

Mama Zen said...

What fantastic lizards!

James said...

I love the top shot, the lighting is beautiful!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A = Amazing! I kinda like lizards too.

jabblog said...

A = Ahh, beautiful! What wonderful photos! I look forward to more:-)

Arlee Bird said...

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! Hope you will have a rewarding blogging experience in April. If there are any questions or comments please let me or my co-hosts know. You can find all the Challenge hosts listed at the top of my blog page.

Wow, I can see you are going to have some wonderful posts during April. Those photos are beautiful.

Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.
Thanks.




Lee
Tossing It Out
Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh cool, I look forward to your Africa photos every morning! Love the antelope. The colors are realer than real, so intense. A beautiful shot. Lizards........I suppose they need love too:)

Ha! Believe it or not, my verification word is "hoofis"

Lois Evensen said...

Great images! I'll be following you and your journey through the alphabet. :)

aka Penelope said...

This does sound like a lot of fun, Lynette, and quite a commitment. What a wonderful way to showcase your safari photos of animals. The gazelle is an exquisite creature and it’s nice to see it enjoying a cool drink of water. I look forward to following you down alphabet road during the month. I think that each letter and animal photo all the way to Z would make a cute educational book for children. :)

Deborah said...

Gorgeous pictures, I'm looking forward to the rest of the alphabet! :o)

joo said...

Agama lizard is fantastic!
Have a nice weekend:)

Langley said...

Incredible pix! I look forward to seeing everything you post for the challenge!