Thursday, November 5, 2009

Search for the Bug Lady Part 4

Hot on the trail!

Welcome back to story time my friends.  It's time for the next installment in our quest to find the Bug Lady

In Part 3 of our story, we were run out of town by some pesky Rhino! 

"I hope that poor little man got to come back down from the tree daddy", said Sara from high atop her rented camel.

"I am sure he is just fine by now little one", I answered, "that rhino has probably gone back into the bush by now, I would think".

"Good" Maureen added, "I have never seen anyone climb a tree that fast"!

Sara laughed and nodded her head in agreement.  We all became quite and reflected on the exciting encounter with the Rhino.  The trip south had become long and hard and we had not seen any critter on the dusty trail all day.  Then up ahead little Sara saw movement in the bushes and waved her hand in the air. 

"What is it Sara" I asked?

"Up there ahead in that thicket, I saw something" she whispered.

Brave little Sara commanded her trusty Camel, who she called Clyde, to stop and kneel so she could get off. 

"Do be careful Sara, it could be a lion or something" Maureen warned her as I looked for a tree to climb. 

"No, look" Sara exclaimed, "it's a Purple Swamphen!" 

"Hello, pretty Swamphen, my name is Sara"

"Hello Sara are you having a nice safari?"

"We are having a great adventure looking for the Bug Lady of South Africa", Sara explained. "Do you know how to find her?"

"Why yes, little one, in fact she is a camp really close to here!"  "YAY!" Sara shouted. "Which way do we go?"

"Just continue straight down this path and you will find her camp!"

Sara thanked the Purple Swamphen and gave her a little pat on the head.  She climb on old Clyde's back and gave the UP command and away we went.  We asked Sara what she know about the African Purple Swamphen and this is what she told us: "European birds are overall purple-blue, African and south Asian birds have a green back, and Australasian and Indonesian birds have black backs and heads. The Philippines subspecies is pale blue with a brown back."  Boy I tell you, she is like a little Wikipedia!

Maureen was the first to spot the camp.  Sara and I were very excited and filled with much anticipation with our journey so near its destination.  What would it be like to finally meet the real live Bug Lady?!? Here camp was simple and very much what you would expect an expert safari camp to look like.  The Bug Lady, however, was nowhere to be found.

"Perhaps she is out in the bush with her camera taking exciting photo's for one of her blogs" Sara said. 

"Perhaps little one, we will just have to wait and see if she comes back soon" I said.

And that was our adventure for that day!  Have we found the elusive Bug Lady at last? Is she coming back to this camp? Stay tuned for the next exciting post to find out!  In the mean time please pay the Bug Lady a visit on one of her nature blogs,  South African Photos and Natures World of Wonder. Do leave her a comment and tell her Little Sara sent you.  She will know who you mean!

Read the whole Series!

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


Craver Vii said...

Marvelous color. It's exciting to be this close.

I'm curious. Do you know whether this European Swamphen was just visiting, or is it permanently residing in South Africa?

Craig Glenn said...

Craver: Does make you wonder don't it?


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: What a fun trip, I sure hope you caught her coming out of the bush. I can hardly wait to see.
I saw an animal similar to this SA Swamp Hen when in Florida but it was brown and was called a Moore Hen. I thought I was shooting a duck until I looked at the photos.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How exciting that you seem to have found where she lives at last. That looks like a great camp she has. Little Sara is an ace at this and a GREAT help on your adventure. Maybe she will want to live with the Bug Lady after this and have more adventures with her as Florida can be so dull and dreary. Maybe she will bring Daisy along too.

What a great story Craig!! :) Love it!!

Craig Glenn said...

Hi Tom,

I don't know where she will turn up. I fear I have written myself into a corner! LOL

Craig Glenn

Craig Glenn said...

Hi Bug Lady!

We are quite lucky to have taken Sara with us or else we may have never found our way home.

I thought about having her join the Institute of Better Science but Tom and I both decided that she is way too smart for us.


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

She sure is a clever one and if anyone cold solve this mystery, she can. You are right, she is MUCH too clever for the institute!! :)

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, I'm loving the story and get to the part where Sara who is sitting on her camel named Clyde and I just lost it! All I can hear is Ray Stevens singing about Ahab the Arab...enjoyed it!

Kelly said...

...haha....sounds like you guys are having quite the adventure. I dropped over at the bug lady's place. Hope you find her soon!

Craig Glenn said...

Hi Sandi,

So glad you stopped by. I was wondering who would pick up on the Clyde reference! Good job.


Craig Glenn said...

Welcome back Kelly!

Wouldn't an African adventure be grand! Too bad most of mine will just be in my head, what a scary place! I am glad you are enjoying this series and hope to see you back soon.


Gaelyn said...

Oh my but that Sara is very smart. Sure hope Bug Lady returns to camp. Now that maybe you've found her you will give me directions so I can find her in March.
Great story.
Is that as in "right turn Clyde."?

scot said...

Let me tell you 'bout Ahab The Arab
The Sheik of the burning sand
He had emeralds and rubies just dripping off 'a him
And a ring on every finger of his hands

He wore a big ol' turban wrapped around his head
And a scimitar by his side
And every evening about midnight
He'd jump on his camel named Clyde...and ride

Gaelyn said...

Oops, I had the wrong Clyde.

Leeloo's mum said...

Look at the colours on that bird! Beautiful! It looks like you got quite close too :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: I'm waiting to see what you find my friend.

dAwN said...

me thinks the bug lady is disguised as the purple swamphen..and checking you out to make sure you arent bug smashers before she invites you to her camp.