Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Tau Game Lodge, and Tanka Tuesday #wildebeeste #hyena #poetry

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The first morning at Tau Game Lodge started at 5.30am. Michael didn’t want to go out so early so Terence and I went on our own. We left our room just as the sky was turning dark gray and walked down to the lounge cum dining area.

The first animals we saw were buffalo; a whole herd. This is one picture of a buffalo with the dawn behind him.

As we passed the lake I got this great shot of the dawn. I also wrote this poem which fits beautifully into Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge of #tastetherainbow – colour poetry. You can join in Colleen’s challenge here:


Slate dissolves into mauve

Displaced by pale pink

Orange blazes briefly; gives way to soft gold

Rippling water acquires

A tasteful shimmer


A young tree stands alone

black branches leafless

Silhouetted against the glowing backdrop

A promise of new life

In the days ahead


The glistening surface

Reflects its shadow

A fleeting duplication of perfection

Hinting at the transience

Of nature’s bounty

By Robbie Cheadle

That afternoon we saw wildebeeste…

A pair of lion mating. He was following behind her. Did you know lions mate up to 50 times in a 24 hour period. That is every 20 minutes.

We saw a hyena eating a dead buffalo. It was very smelly.

70 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Tau Game Lodge, and Tanka Tuesday #wildebeeste #hyena #poetry

  1. I always love your travel photos, Robbie.
    The tree at dawn is my favorite, and the poem is the perfect accompaniment.
    I’m amazed at how close you got to those lions to photograph and video them–and amaze at how often they mate. EESH!!

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  2. Your poem is utterly gorgeous, Robbie. One of my favorites and a perfect reflection of your photos. That tree in the water is stunning. And every 20 minutes! I could never be a lion. Lol. Thanks for sharing another part of your adventure!

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    1. HI Diana, thank you for your encouraging words, they are appreciated. That particular picture was one of my exceptionally lucky shots. I couldn’t be a lion either. It is to do with ensuring that the strongest male lion fathers the cubs so he stays with her during her time in heat.

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