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L is for Lion, Lion’s Head and Laughing Kookaburra. We saw these lions on our last trip to Etosha National Park in 2014 on a rainy day. They were very relaxed and let us have a good, long look at them (I’ve used some of the photos in a previous photo challenge: here).

There is a song called: “Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree” which is sung to the same melody as a song I grew up with in South Africa called “Tortelduifie sit in die Eikeboom” (Turtledove sits in the Oak Tree). I’ve included a video of Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree:

L is also for limes, picked fresh from the garden and soon to become home made lime sorbet and lime cheese cake. I’ve since picked another bowl full but I’m running out of ideas what to make with them all. Any suggestions anyone?

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Limes from our garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary Encounter with the Lion King

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

On our last trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia we were very fortunate to come across these extraordinary animals who were just lying around having quite an ordinary day.

A lazy day in the soft rain

A lazy day in the soft rain

It was remarkable to see them up close like this.

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Some of the lions in Etosha are collared to track them

Some of the lions in Etosha are collared to track them

And then they'd had enough of all the tourists staring at them and snapping pictures of them and they wandered off

And then they’d had enough of all the tourists staring at them and snapping pictures of them and they wandered off

We managed to catch one last glimpse

We managed to catch one last glimpse

The encounter was made even more extraordinary by the fact that it occurred barely 100m from the gate of an enclosed picnic spot in the park where myself and one of our friends had got out of our vehicles literally a minute earlier to open and shut the gate. These guys clearly weren’t hungry.