Arusha… I just came back a few days ago. To celebrate that feat in style, a snake was busy eating a chameleon in a tree. Small snake, small chameleon but the show was impressive nevertheless.
Dinner took place in 2 steps: the snake must have been disturbed and had spat the chameleon pretty soon. The latter looked puzzled with a gash on the neck. The snake left but not the victim who stayed nearby. Wounded, confused or just too happy and dumb? The snake didn’t miss the chance and came back to finish him for good.
the chameleon was giving a good show of resistance, the “never give up hope'” stuff since the hind legs and the tail hung on twigs for a very long time. The body was swallowed past half way and the poor thing was still battling. How come he didn’t suffocate earlier? My pictures show more than 45 min of action….
Notice that the chameleon never turned green….what a legend or what?
a harmless Battersby's green snake by the way.
Notice how the snake normally green with a yellowish belly now shows some blue hue once its skin is stretched.
an occasional bit of of gore flying is always much appreciated.
Big planes don’t make a real bush pilot jealous.
Serious oil leak but those Continental engines are so good at running on little oil. Like 2 quarts instead of 12. Pressure is near zero but temperature stays normal. It’s pretty impressive and good enough to reach the next practicable place for a refill. There is no need to rush down and crash land somewhere when the pressure shows zero. Keep an eye on temps first.
refuelling from drums. One needs an electric pump or serious elbow oil.
Once in a while a funny bird passes by. Here is an Antonov 2, code name Colt by Nato by then.
A Cessna 206 on landing.
One C206 which has known better days. The wing was ripped off by a giraffe on take off. The plane finished on its side, the engine running at full speed on impact damaged the 3 blades of the propeller. No injuries but the poor giraffe. The camp staff was happy for that big amount of free meat.
Another C206 after a accident, a deadly accident this time. Flying in clouds in mountainous area can be dangerous. 3 died. And that’s how I got my first job in Africa to replace that poor pilot.
la Butte-aux-Cailles is a lovely neighborhood in Paris. For those who enjoy walking and taking time. Lazy youngsters on intravenous Facebook won’t like that I suppose. Though there are some ugly tags out there…but also real pieces of art.
mostly the art work in the area were mostly decent like the woman at the window.
it must have an industrial neighborhood at some point but serious effort have been made to erase that touch and create a cozy atmosphere. This man definitely enjoys his doorstep I the sun
“The IMF will always screw up poor people”
a famous Wallace fountain, clean water and free! Amazing, something for free in Paris…
smokers on their suicidal path, outside a restaurant. Good law if you ask me.
taggers and artists go sometimes a long way to paint on a wall. Some places need some planning to reach.
I had been impressed by the amount of cute little houses, sometimes with tiny gardens. Colors and styles vary quite a lot. Tall and modern buildings (and usually ugly of course) seem to surround the neighborhood…