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 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....
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!
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.

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!!


Maude Lynn 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.

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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. :)

Penelope Notes 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 Cornwell said...

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