Joyous Work
COVID Chronicles, Part 1

Hang Time

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Sunrise from the Team Building porch on the MpM property in Kenya...a wonderful way to start each day!

Kenya has a nearly-perfect climate.  Most people visualize Africa as very hot and especially since Kenya is located right on the equator, you might expect that.  But the higher elevation where MpM is creates almost-ideal weather conditions with temperatures in the 80s during the day and 60s at night, with sunshine nearly every day.  

 

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On the other side of that gate is a very rutted dirt road and unkempt properties, but inside the gate the Bells and their staff have created a beautiful garden oasis that overflows with abundance of life and love. 

A fabulous place for some quality hang time.

All of these photos were taken inside the MpM property...


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Bottlebrush tree with its unique blooms...

 

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This bird is called a superb starling and is one of the most common birds around.  He may be common, but wow is he gorgeous!

 

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Dave has lots of peanut-butter filled feeders just outside the Team Building, so we always had them hanging around entertaining us.

 


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Stunning bougainvillea is everywhere, filling in the fences surrounding the property.

 

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Butterflies love them!

 

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With the pond on the property and the river behind it, there's plenty of food for this pretty woodland kingfisher. 

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He loved perching on the lower limbs of this tree for us to watch from the nearby porch...beautiful!

 

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Out by the pond, we saw lots of this striking pied kingfisher in action.


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God's creatures are just so amazing!

 

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Every day we saw (and heard!) these big hadada ibises searching for bugs around the property.

 


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Lovely in the sunlight!  Those beaks though...

 

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Who can resist the brilliant lovebirds, who like to hang in groups?!  How they manage to sit on those thorny branches is beyond me...


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They like eating the fruit from the trees just outside Dave and Jen's home...

 

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Speaking of lovebirds...always fun to hang out with the human variety too!

 

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African canaries...

 

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Crowned lapwing plover....

 


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White-browed sparrow weaver...lots of those around the property too.

 

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Black flycatcher...

 

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Speckled mousebird with its long tail and cute head crest...again hanging out in the thorny acacias...

 

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We saw at least two different species of sunbirds...this mariqua sunbird...

 

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...and a scarlet-chested sunbird.  Hard to photograph as they flit around so quickly and like to hide behind the leaves as they suck out the nectar with their long curved bills.

 

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This bird is what we call LBB...little brown bird.  Not sure what it is, but tiny and cute!

 

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On Valentine's Day, Cathy cut us a bouquet from the rose bushes.

 


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The big colorful beetles also seem to love the rose blooms.  Any entomologists out there want to identify for me?

 

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But the prize bird photo capture for me was this elusive African paradise flycatcher!

We had watched him from the porch flitting around through the trees but very hard to see.  One afternoon I sat on the porch and lo-and-behold it perched on the tree right next to the house and posed for a nice portrait.

 


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Gotta love that blue eye!  Only God would create such a color scheme!


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Yes, I'm talking about you!

 

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One evening we relaxed around a fire, roasting hot dogs and making smores (makings for both were brought from the US)...a taste of home...



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Even without leaving the MpM property, God's beautiful creation gave us pause for moments of awe every single day.

Much-needed rest and renewal for the soul...

...hang time.

 

Comments

David Bell

You should have asked! That beetle is a Rose Chafer.

Natalie Sue Myers

Beautiful pictures, Terry

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