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    What does BEAUTI mean to you?

    beau-ty (n.pl.) Any of those attributes of form, sound, color, character, behavior, achievement, etc., which give pleasure and gratification to the senses or to the mind. Something excellent of its kind.

    BEAUTI is more than physical attractiveness. BEAUTI surrounds us in many forms.

    BEAUTI portrayed inside and out. BEAUTI at every age, in every stage of life. BEAUTI of this incredible world we live in. BEAUTI of emotions and feelings of the moment. BEAUTI that cannot be put into words.

    Discovering. Cherishing. Capturing.

    Thank you for checking out my blog, feel free to look around and add a comment or send me a note. Sharing life’s BEAUTIs from my perspective…enjoy! Jenelle

*Spots, Dots, Stripes and the King*

It is amazing, absolutely amazing, to observe the African animals in their natural habitat.  Each having very unique characteristics, behaviors and survival instincts.  Blending into their surroundings.  Relying on one another with their different strengths and weaknesses.  Sensing danger.  Providing food.  Protecting the young.  It’s survival of the fittest.

Observing and photographing.  Wishing at times you were closer, could place the animal in that perfect light or turn them a certain way…but this is just shooting, where they are and how they are.  Sometimes patiently waiting out that perfect shot, that may or may not happen.  But sometimes those lions cross the road right infront of your Land Cruiser.  Cats are feasting on a kill.  That cheetah by the road poses so perfectly.  Giraffes come to the watering hole at the same time as you.  A lion or leopard is sleeping up in a tree.

My husband’s comment to someone the other day was that he doesn’t think anyone could go to East Africa and be disappointed.  I agree!

Being out in the African wilderness…it’s magic.

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Food for giraffes with their leathery tongues…white thorn acacia

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On our walking safari at Lake Naivasha…

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Our cute little nephew on the walking safari

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(Stripes is for zebras, not tigers…contrary to what many think, there are no wild tigers in Africa).  All of the following images were taken in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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21 March 2010 - 7:44 am

BEAUTI - Thank you for all the wonderful comments!

19 March 2010 - 5:04 pm

Andrea - INCREDIBLE – I can’t beleive the amount of animals you saw on your trip! And obviously you didn’t miss a single opportunity to take AMAZING photos! You are such a talent Jenelle! And it’s so inspiring to see how quickly you have refined your craft since you started doing it full-time. Bravo!

Can’t wait to see you on Thursday for lunch!

18 March 2010 - 7:26 pm

Jody - I absolutely love living vicariously through you! Your photography is so amazing, great shots.
The lion in the tree is real cute, just want to snuggle with him up there 😉

17 March 2010 - 5:17 pm

Keala C. - Ok, Lovely – I AM SPEECHLESS! These pictures are superb, breathtaking, and a whole lot more! and hope one day to experience Africa myself!!!

17 March 2010 - 10:03 am

Daysha - Totally amazing Jenelle! i love shots of toothpick trees!

16 March 2010 - 8:49 pm

Carol Stewart - Excellent. So glad that Mandy directed me to the site. Happy that you are home safe.

16 March 2010 - 5:32 pm

Shauna - Awww, love love love the giraffe ones!!!! First one is super awesome and the lion with his head peakin thru… it’s like he is givin me a hug 🙂 haha these are super super awesome i’m feeling like i was there again!! super cute shot of Tace he looks sooo happy! And you did a great job with the zebras as well… pretty neat how these all turned out.
Did you see the lion kill the wildabeast?
i just might need a copy of some of these for me wall!!

*Elephant Orphanage and Wild*

We visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage just outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  An elephant orphanage.  It is open to the public for one hour each day.  To start off the youngest nursery elephants are in the viewing area, playing around together in the dirt + mud, while three keepers share the orphans stories and elephant facts.  The keepers replace the lost families and are with the elephants 24 hours a day – together as a group during the day and sleeping alongside them at night in the stables.  All the time in physical contact like wild elephant families live.   The aim of their Orphans’ Project being to raise the orphaned elephants in a way that they can be returned to the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park.  The babies are herded away and then it’s feeding time for an older group that charge in trumpeting for their bottled milk.

It’s a neat program with a lot of effort and concern for orphaned elephants.  They become a family here too.  Heartfelt affection and sincere love…they say elephants can read a person’s heart.

This was interesting, a sign in Sweetwater private game reserve in Kenya…

These wild elephants were viewed in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

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19 May 2010 - 10:02 pm

Gelila - all i got to say is Crazy!!! very nice pictures!!! it almost doesn’t look real.

17 March 2010 - 5:19 pm

Keala C. - Sweet not-so-little things! 🙂 Elephants eyes are so soulful…

*Watch Out For That Horn*

Seeing all of the Big 5 is a big part of an African safari.  A safari accomplishment.  They are not the 5 biggest animals but it comes from the big-game hunters for the difficulty in hunting them.  The 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot.  Animals that become even more dangerous when they are injured.

African Elephant.  Lion.  Leopard.  Rhinoceros.  Cape Buffalo.

If a safari is incomplete without spotting all of the Big 5, ours was most definitely a success.

I learned that rhinoceros horns are made up of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails.  How sad that they are an endangered species because of excessive poaching for their horns.  In my opinion, anyone with the great desire to hunt animals in Africa needs to take just a camera and shoot them…photographs will look better on the wall anyhow!

The African Buffalo are as grumpy as they look!


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These may seems out of place for this time of year but I have never seen poinsettias growing wild or even knew that they grow on a big tree.  Only in our stores during Christmas holidays.  The vibrant red and the size of the flowers, it was so pretty as the morning sun hit the dew covered petals.

This was at the first campsite we stayed in near Mt Kenya.  The campsite that an elephant walked thru in the nite…I woke up to the ruckus of the guards chasing it away and saw the shadow of each of it’s legs on our tent wall as it passed by.  Experiences that only happen in Africa and that’s why I love it!


One more post below of our recent Afrikan travel adventure!

14 March 2010 - 11:26 pm

laurie - what beautiful pictures- just LOVE these!!!

*It’s Hard to be Home*

This blog has been neglected because I have been busy experiencing many, many incredible things.  It was very last minute how things happened but we were able to get away.  To experience the wonders and BEAUTI of Kenya + Tanzania, and the best part…..I finally got to show a few parts of the amazing African continent to my husband!  One month filled with so many awesome memories.

A really BIG thank you to Daysha + Musa…..you organized a superb tour, thanks for all the hardwork and time you put in!  We loved spending time with you and the watotos (kids).  Thanks to the the rest of you that were also on truck for making our 3 weeks (only 2 weeks with some) together so memorable.  We’re missing you all!

Really I don’t know that my photographs will do justice…in my opinion I think it’s an amazing place that everyone needs to experience and see for themselves!  I will split our favorite images into a few posts…maybe quite a few, it’s hard to narrow down!

It’s fascinating, it’s random, it’s colorful…TIA (This Is Africa)!

and a late Valentines for my lovely friends…..a heart shaped cactus

*Thomson Falls*
(photographs of game taken at Sweetwater, Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater)

17 March 2010 - 11:32 pm

lisa w - jenelle, these are all sooooo amazing. i am loving looking through your pics so far. it would be so great to see more of africa. thanks for sharing part of it with me!

17 March 2010 - 9:20 am

Elainemarie - I loved all your animal pictures.. I fell in love with elephants in the Serengeti & Ngoragora Craters many yrs ago.. ~ I loved your pic. of the majestic elephants.. the sneaking hippo.. the playful zebra & the sentimental giraffe…you captured their personalities.. your pictures tell stories.. & I loved them all..thanks for sharing.. EM

16 March 2010 - 6:44 pm

jennifer - VERY cool pics….adventure of a life time! love the hot air balloons!

14 March 2010 - 10:38 pm

laurie - I was so excited to see you posted some pictures already! these are awesome jenelle! you definitely need to make an album from your trip!

14 March 2010 - 12:29 am

Shauna - Haha… love the camels they made me laugh!! Awesome capturing some of these animals!!!! Love love love them all 😉 Pictures don’t tell half the story you feel being there but it sure did bring back lots of great memories!!! can’t wait to see more. Awesome shot of the multi hippos and the photo above of the mountains reflecting on the lake… many more i like but this is getting long!