Sunflower Patch!

I've been meaning to go visit the sunflower patch (McKee-Besher Wildlife Management Area) for years now and we finally got to go today.  Since Evie was little, whenever and wherever we were at a good spot, I would have Jeremy throw Evie up for a photo...this was a good place to do it. The best part of this photograph is that she actually looked and smiled at the camera..which she has never done before.  I can't wait to get a large print of this and have it hung up in her room.  


*Po Chi Fung is a Washington DC and MD lifestyle and documentary photographer serving Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac

South Africa - Day 3 to Day 4

Get ready for some photos from South Africa!!!  Before I keep going I should give more background to what you are seeing.  After our very long flight from DC to Ghana, Ghana to Lagos/Nigeria, Nigeria to Johannesburg, we got our rental car and drove towards the Timabavati Nature Reserve of Kruger National Park.  Upon ICM's friend's recommendation, we had chosen Umlani Bushcamp (a private camp) and after suffering a flat tire within a few hours of landing, we made it to Umlani in time for our afternoon game drive!

Our schedule at Umlani was something like this - wake up knock at 5am, coffee or tea and light snack at around 5:30am, head out on our 3-hr morning drive by 5:45am, at some point later during our game drive we'd get out of the car and get more coffee/hot cocao and another breakfast snack, get back to camp and it's real breakfast time (eggs, grilled tomato slice, toasts, yogurt, fruit, rasher bacon - delish), break time until about 1ish (this was when ICM and I would go to the treehouse), then lunch at 1:30pm, 3-hr afternoon/sunset game drive at 3:00pm, before the game drive ended we'd get out of the car and have a beverage (diet coke for me, double gin and tonic for ICM), get back to camp 6ish 7 and have a cocktail around the bonfire, delicious dinner, and after dinner drink (my favorite was the Umlani coffee, Amarula!) around the bonfire...finally, bed around 9ish.  It was awesome!  We had originally booked for two nights but loved it so much that we extended one more night...worth every penny!

Our tracker, Elvis was super awesome (he's next to ICM in that photo above).  He could look at a bird pretty far away, tell us a page number to his bird guide, and he was right every single time.  One of my favorite things about him was that he loves Tupac, believes that Tupac isn't really dead, and quoted him extensively and correctly.

Decided that it'd be nice to post some bigger photos of wildlife.  Here are some from Day 3.

This is an impala, they were pretty much everywhere.  They look kind of delicate and you'd expect them to have softer voices, but they have this manly grunt, very strange.

Turtles on Mr.Hippo's back, took this when we were in the tree house :)

As you saw on Day 2, hundreds of buffalos came to Marco's Dam (which the tree house overlooks) when we went to the tree house.  The next day while we were there, there were a group of elephants that came to play in the dam and drink water from the spring (below).  

That's a leopard tortoise in the lion cub's mouth!

Day 4!  Woke up with this beautiful red glow from outside and into the mosquito net, went on our last game drive at Umlani and witnessed a pretty cool battle between wild dogs and hyenas with a jackal trying to get some food without getting killed, saw a cool dung beetle (with a passenger on the dung ball who does nothing!) push up hill and demonstrate perseverance, said our goodbyes to the wonderful bush camp and drove towards Letaba - our rest camp for the night within the Kruger National Park.  

Here are some photos of Umlani

 This tree frog is TINY! Our tracker, Elvis found this one while driving...I have no idea how.

 A warhog in Kruger!

Alright, I need to make dinner!!! Good night :)

Happy 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Part of our celebration includes devouring these ice cream sandwiches above!!  yum yum yum.  (The recipe for these monster cookies is at the end of the post!)  As I am celebrating the New Year, I can still hardly believe that  2012 is here already but I am pretty excited.  2011 was super awesome and I know 2012 will be even better.  We had a pretty chill NYE - ate roasted sweet potatoes and a salad instead of the rack of lamb and vegetable curry we had gotten groceries for...all because we were too full from eating hot pot for lunch, HAHA!  We couldn't stay awake till count down time to the New Year and I woke up in the middle of the night super sore from yoga on Friday (pathetic)...BUT 2012 couldn't have started off better because I woke up to homemade waffles! Woot woot! Happy New Year to me! 

I know, I'm so lucky.  I don't take it for granted ;)

It was unusually warm in DC this morning and afternoon, almost 60s and beautifully sunny, so we hopped onto the metro and went to a nearby park with a lake.  I've really missed being outdoors and breathing fresh air ever since we came back from South Africa, so this was just what I wanted.  Vitamin D, wonderful.

Going to spend the rest of January 1 working on some SA photos, watching the House marathon on TV and cooking our lamb.  I hope you are having a good New Year's Day like I am.  Now..time for some resolutions.

My 2012 New Year's Resolution:
Last year I decided not to make any resolutions because I was tired of breaking them, however, with a break, my faith in myself has been restored and I think I will try again, though I will keep it short.

  • Exercise more (specific goal - do yoga regularly and work out 3x/week at least)
  • Bring my lunch more, thereby save money!
  • Swear less.  I have a little post-it note on my desk and I am certain it is working already.
  • Work harder to improve my photography and business!

Lastly, here's the recipe for those cookies!

Monster Cookies (Makes 3 dozen):
I've never had monster cookies until ICM told me that those were his favorites and his mom made them often when he was young.  I found some recipes online and made a batch but it wasn't until eating the version that his mom made that I really started loving them.  They are really good cookies - not too sweet, slightly chewy, and filling - really great for hiking - protein and everything.

This recipe is based on a few recipes that I found online, so I take no credit.  This recipe also has a little bit less sugar and less butter than the others, so for those who are sugar/butter-conscious, this should be pretty good.  I think we're going to try to figure out how to substitute more sugar out with agave nectar next time...will keep you posted on how that goes.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 oz peanut butter (I did 16 oz and it was good too)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 4 and 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • Preheat 350 degrees F
  • Mix eggs and sugars together.
  • Mix in salt, vanilla extract, peanut butter, butter, and baking soda.
  • Mix in the rest and stir it all together.
  • Take a tablespoon of batter, roll it a little and place it on your cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for ~10minutes and let cool!  I always eat one warm though...preferably with ice cream.  
  • Note:  I don't usually make all 36 cookies because we can't eat them all.  I'll make 12 and split the left over batter into two portions and put them in the freezer.  Other recipes say to eat them within a month or two. I've had it in for 3 and the cookies tasted fine still. 
  • Enjoy

Happy 2012.  I wish you all good health, lots of laughter, lots of good and healthy foods, and lots of adventures :)

South Africa photos later today!

Lovely simple days

I don't know when it was that I started appreciating the simple and peaceful days more and more.  Those awesomely good days don't have to take place anywhere crazy, glamorous, or even beautiful.  Fulfilling good days could be extremely simple - sitting on the couch for a cup of home made coffee, it could be eating  blueberry muffins together fresh out of the oven, it could be going grocery shopping.  Those beautiful moments can happen anytime and anywhere when you appreciate what you have and know how lucky you are to have it.  Loss is indeed possible.  So if you do love something or someone, always feel lucky to have it/them (even on bad days,especially on bad days) and don't forget to show it.  You just never know. 

And yes, ICM and I went blueberry picking this weekend :)

I love love love my lovely simple days.