The birthday that I will always remember (2011)
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(You can read my story in AFRIKAANS)

We went to the Kruger National Park, my hubby and I. It was my birthday and a week ago our wedding anniversary. We just had to celebrate it! And yes, I am sixty three years old now! Does it sound very old to you? Don’t let the numbers influence you, I sometimes still feel as if I’m only twenty-one!

On the 14th of February we started our new day, happily looking forward to what the day might bring. We left the camp at about seven, full of expectations. My first surprise was when we saw three or four lovely giraffes just outside the gate. My favourite animal! They were walking across the road, showing off their beautiful tall necks and slender hips, their lovely soft eyes and very long eyelashes.

Then suddenly there was a turn in the road and there stood this ELEPHANT! A giant old bull with long, white tusks and huge feet! At the same moment someone back home decided it was time to phone me to wish me happy birthday! Unnecessary to say, my attention was not al all where it should be!

The elephant walked slowly towards us, coming closer every minute. I managed to take a picture, (only ONE!) of him before my husband drove off quickly. We were in a tight spot! And I was as white as a sheet! I only saw his big ears waving and his trunk lifting up in the air.

It was an hour or two later when I started to feel normal again!
An experience that I will never forget: an old bull wanted to come and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me!

Canon PowerShot S515
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

You can also read Olitto’s story here

I have great respect for these lovely animals

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

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Comments

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...almost 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous story and photo Elizabeth! i wish you more birthdays like this :)

  • Thanks Edyta, it was a great experience indeed!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    My heart is still pounding after reading your Afrikaans version Liz! Really great story and lovely capture!!

  • Thanks so much Maree, unforgetable!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    WOW how wonderful, you know exactly where I was coming from in my story. Oh you are so lucky living out there and what a wonderful trip for the best of reasons and in the best of company. Many happy returns. Brilliant shot. Alma

  • Thanks Alma, if only you know how my hands were trembling! ;-))
    Yes, South Africa is a wonderful country!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful Elizabeth! Lovely memories and a Very Happy Birthday! Cheers Mary

  • Thanks so much Mary, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    Elizabeth, jou verteling klink na ’n wonderlike ervaring wat jy gehad het, soortgelyk aan wat ek so dikwels in die Kruger het…..altyd hartseer om die plek te verlaat, is dit nie? Hierdie is ’n pragtige wildlewe foto van dié ou grootvoet. Baie mooi, Elizabeth. Ek is jammer…nie besef jy het verjaar nie. My wens is dat die pad van jou volgende lewensjaar besaai mag wees met hope en hope liefde, vreugde, geluk en voorspoed.

  • Olitto, hoe sal jy dan nou ook weet ek het verjaar? :-) Baie dankie vir jou mooie wense en ook dankie vir al die warmhartwoorde hier onder ou Grootvoet. Ons voel maar dieselfde oor die Wildtuin!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    what a wonderful backstory and shot! thanks for sharing! i always say that “old” is ten years older than whatever you are now! :-)

  • So true! Thanks for your kind comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersalmost 4 years ago

    Crikey, look at this little beauty :) Great capture Liz :)

  • Little?! Smile! Thanks so much Shannon!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholalmost 4 years ago

  • Wonderful! Thanks so much Bradley!
    I’m thrilled to bits!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    I just knew it! Congratulations Liz, well done!

  • Thanks so much Maree! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Uitstekende fotografie! Welgedaan!

  • Vreeslik baie dankie Magriet!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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