It’s been a rather strange winter (weather wise – no pandemic commentary here!) and I’ve not been seeing the neighbourhood deer as frequently as in past years. I know they are around, both from the tracks in the snow and the need to refill the food bowl I keep out for them every couple of weeks. Any time I catch a glimpse of them lately it is always after dark, which doesn’t lend itself to photo taking, so instead I’ve gathered up some images of some African antelope instead. To be honest, even if the deer had been around in broad daylight this past week, the best I would have done would have been a photo out the window, as it was far too cold to be going out to take photos (at least for me).
I’ve come to the end of the photos I flagged from Kenya to revisit, and finish things off with a few of my very favourite animal.
I felt a strong desire to create something different today, and was drawn to inverting the colours on some images, and then converting to black and white. The result isn’t quite the same as shooting with an infrared filter, and then converting to black and white, but there are some similarities in the ghostly white trees and vegetation.
These images were all shot during my time in Kenya, and they definitely inspire the hope that I will get back there one day and can play around with some infrared long exposure work. Till then, I can have some fun in Photoshop.
Part of an enormous herd of elephants seen in the Maasai Mara. We basically just parked the vehicle in a clearing surrounded by fever trees and watched group after group meander by, grazing, finding great scratching post trees and visiting amongst other family groups.
Happiness amongst the elephants 🙂
The opportunity to travel is just one of the many things that I am grateful for. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Carrying on from the past couple of weeks, so images from my time in Kenya back in 2016.
Seeing wildebeest crossing the Mara River was one of the things I was most excited about about during my time in Kenya, but given how short my stay was, it was not something that was guaranteed. I did luck out though and see a small herd cross the river, and was it ever hectic when it finally happened.
It’s not at all like what you see on the nature shows, at least the day that I was there. There had to be 30 to 40 vehicles in the area and with some people, like us, there for close to five hours before the action started. It was a really fun atmosphere though and I spent the afternoon chatting with my guides, enjoying a lovely picnic lunch, and chatting with the people in the neighbouring vehicle. The river crossings this year would have been a much different scenario with all the travel restrictions; the animals just having to contend with the crocodiles, lions and hyenas without a bunch of spectators.
The poor little gazelle in the first image though…. it was picked off by a crocodile not long after I took this picture. The gazelles head into the river alone, to avoid being trampled by the larger wildebeest and zebra, but that makes them very easy targets.
If this little face doesn’t make you smile, I don’t think we could be friends.
I had several wonderful lion sightings during my time in Kenya, and decided that these big cats would be the focus of my images for today. While in Selenkay, the lion sightings were late in the day with fading late, so the images aren’t the greatest, but I have fantastic memories. Not long after the first few images were taken, the cubs were playing on a tree stump when the two males starting roaring; the sound was intense as they were very close to the vehicle, and the cubs stopped in their tracks, almost as if they were in awe of the sound they were hearing. For me, looking at these pictures takes me right back to the moment they were captured.
I hope you enjoy, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.