Thursday Doors and Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Tsitsikamma National Park #Ocean #Suspensionbridge #Poetry

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During our recent road trip, we visited the Tsitsikamma National Park.

This is how Trip Advisor describes this wonderful national treasure:

Trails, waterfalls, and wildlife draw visitors to lush Tsitsikamma National Park. Set along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route and spanning 50 miles (80 kilometers) of coastline, the park stretches from the mouth of the Storms River to Nature’s Valley. Embark on various adventures here, from a multi-day hike along the Otter Trail to one of the world’s highest bungee jumps.

You can read a little more about it here: https://www.viator.com/Garden-Route-attractions/Tsitsikamma-National-Park/overview/d5613-a17271#overview

Gate to the Tsitsikamma National Park
There are chalets available for rental in the park. This is a picture of the balcony and front door to one of them.

The pictures below are of the scenery on our walk to the suspension bridge across Storms River Mouth.

Here are a few pictures of the suspension bridge across Storms River Mouth.

You can see Terence in the orange shirt and Greg in the blue T-shirt

This week’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. You can join in here: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2022/04/19/tankatuesday-poetry-challenge-no-270-photoprompt/

This photograph of dolphins seemed to go with my ocean pictures:

Dolphin dues

From the glittering depths

Of the great ocean

Sleek, grey dolphins launch themselves into the air

do a backflip, then slide

down beneath the waves

***

Know for their friendliness

and permanent smiles

These graceful creatures extend help to others

The members of their pod

and even humans

***

What help can we extend

to balance the scales

Dolphins are susceptible to pollution

Reduce your plastic waste

Keep our oceans clean

I will be on a mini road trip until Tuesday so I won’t be around as much as usual.

43 thoughts on “Thursday Doors and Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Tsitsikamma National Park #Ocean #Suspensionbridge #Poetry

  1. Thanks for including the pictures from your hike to the suspension bridge. Did you run across the bridge first to get their picture or did you wait on the side? My wife would never walk across,

    I love your poem, especially,
    —-
    What help can we extend

    to balance the scales
    —-

    We owe so much to the other species on this planet. – Enjoy your road trip, Robbie!

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  2. Wow! That is some scenic beauty. When we lived in Virginia, there was a nature preserve where we’d walk along the beach and watch the dolphins playing in the water. It was always such a treat to see them.

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  3. I absolutely love the Tsitsikamma National Park, Roberta, and I remember very well the moment we crossed that bridge! I also enjoyed your Dolphin Dues:) Thank for having me taken to this exceptional excursion.

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    1. HI Martina, I am so pleased this post brought back memories for you. We have visited this bridge and reserve twice and also did the first part of the Otto Trail. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty. I’m glad you liked the poem.

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  4. What a beautiful view from that bridge, Robbie 🙂
    I love how you mentioned a way to gelp the dolphins in your poem!

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    1. Hi Resa, it is a suspension bridge so it wobbles but I didn’t find it scary. The views and scenery were amazing. I am on a big nature conservation streak at the moment and trying to share subtle messages via my poetry. Thank you for reading.

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  5. The park looks beautiful, Robbie, and the suspension bridge a lot of fun. I love the ocean views. And a lovely poem. I do hope we find ways to protect our oceans and take the steps necessary. For the sake of all its creature and for our own health and enjoyment. Have a great time away.

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      1. That’s something that I worry about every single time I try to go away, Robbie. I’m so sorry that happened, but relieved to hear that nothing is broken. You’re a good daughter. ❤ ❤

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