Posted by: hksounds | March 5, 2015

My ideal reader

It took quite a bit of thought to come up with my ideal reader for this blog. I’d love to connect with people who are passionate about great music, who are well read in a variety of genres, who think deeply about all they do and consider the ramifications of their actions, who can see through the illusions that so many are held captive by, Read More…

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Posted by: hksounds | March 26, 2018

Encounter Mara, Pt. 7 – updated March 26, 2018

After the elephants and our return, we have lunch, a rest and our afternoon tea before going back on the road. The show was on offer on both land and sky.

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This lion was licking his chops for what this day had on offer.

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And the sky put on an incredible lightshow.

It’s all here.

More on this and other travels on my YouTube channel, joy in HK

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJFAl-QJfnzbcIsET31hhA

 

Posted by: hksounds | January 31, 2018

Encounter Mara, Pt 6 – updated January 30, 2018

 

This update is about my morning spent with the world’s largest land mammal.

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I have found the addictive joys of Safari Live which streams on Youtube everyday, most days, they do it twice. So that has slowed me down on my updates here. OTOH, it has inspired me to start turning my photos into videos and uploading them to my Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJFAl-QJfnzbcIsET31hhA

There are just too many choices. And I’m going back to Africa in May. Hopefully to do a much better job at photos and videos.

Please join me here.

Posted by: hksounds | December 26, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt 5 – December 26, 2017

Happy Holidays everyone. It’s been very long since I updated this blog. I got seriously distracted by finding Safari Live online at Youtube with their twice a day, everyday, safari game drives. It really is as close as you can possibly get to a genuine safari and not be in Africa. One of the great things about it for me, is that it is in two locations, Sabi Sand, in South Africa, and the Maasai Mara, Kenya, which I visited and are what are in this blog.

My knowledge of all the animals has increased considerably from watching the show and I hope I have improved the accuracy of the information I pass on here.

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A giraffe’s tongue is black because it is out in the sun a lot and this darker coloration helps prevents its getting sunburned.

Join me for another game drive here.

Just a reminder that some browsers will take you to the new page but the scroll may take you past the start. If you don’t see the heading, scroll up a bit. Sorry about that.

Posted by: hksounds | October 29, 2017

Goodbye Willie Chan – updated October 28, 2017

Willie Chan Chi Keung,

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I can’t begin to imagine what my life would have been like if it hadn’t crossed paths with Willie Chan. One thing’s for sure, the past 22 years of my life would have been entirely different if it hadn’t been for him. And, of course, that’s not just true for me but for millions around the world.

There are plenty of photos of Willie Chan online and many tributes as well. Here are a few photos from over the years, including a few I took myself. I will continue looking for more and update if I find something special.

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Thank you Willie. 22 May 1941 – 24 October 2017, RIP

 

 

It’a been too long since I last wrote about my stunning adventures in southern Africa. I promised to let you know what happened when I skipped the walk and returned to my villa early. If everything up to then proclaimed that this was the Day of the Leopard (cubs) well it turned out to be something entirely different due to those few moments.

Join me for what might be the last post on this particular trip. Even though this trip is only half over, there’s just too much to write about and too little time (and skill).

But here’s a preview of what could be ahead if I ever manage to write about the rest of this absolutely fabulous trip.

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Posted by: hksounds | October 1, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 4 – updated October 1, 2017

Welcome back to Kenya and my trip that is now at Encounter Mara in the Naboisho Conservancy.

I hit the trifecta of sky and big cat country this day. That’s only two you say? Click here to read all about it and discover what made the third part.

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Posted by: hksounds | August 12, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 3 – updated August 12, 2017

More of the lion cubs.

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And a few glimpses of the amazing Kenyan sky.

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Join me for part 2 my afternoon game AKA two hours with the lion cubs. Scroll up if you need to as sometimes the link isn’t in the right place due to different scrolling rates for different internet speeds and browsers.

Posted by: hksounds | July 5, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 2 – updated July 5, 2017

It’s taken way too long to get back to updating this blog. I got forced out of where I had been living for twelve years due to rains coming in through the ceiling, over the bed, and I didn’t even live on the top floor! So house moving – they say it’s the third most stressful event in life after death of a loved one and divorce. I am happy to be back on track.

My wish list comes true: lion cubs!

What a yawn and look at those baby teeth!

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Leaving Nairobi and the great National Park for a small-plane flight vis Safai Link to the Naboisho Conservancy and Asilia’s Encounter Mara luxury tented camp.

There be elephants down there.

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Click here to join me on the next leg of my Kenya safari adventure.

Posted by: hksounds | March 23, 2017

Kenya! Pt. 4

My first stop in Kenya comes to a close. More encounters with the wildlife in the fascinating Nairobi National Park where the amazements are not just on the ground.

This was the most astonishing display of crepuscular rays I’d ever seen.

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