2020-09-07: Monochrome Monday

I felt a bit guilty sharing previously posted photos yesterday, so I edited a few more than usual for my monochrome Monday post today. These bring back such amazing memories for me. Baby gorillas are just the cutest.

Moving around the easy way!
Makes me think of the children’s rhyme “This little piggy went to market…”
One of my favourite images that I have taken so far. Such a beautiful moment to witness.
These youngster were all really precocious and some of the Moms just looked exhausted.

2020-09-06: Bwindi Highlights

I had the chance to get out for a round of golf when I originally planned to be editing images for this post. Given our lack of summer, and how soon winter will be upon us, any chance to be outside seems to be an opportunity well taken. So these images have been shared before, but are all moments from Bwindi that made me smile.

I hope you enjoy them!

2020-08-30: Gorillas in Bwindi

Tomorrow, I’ll have a little pop up on Facebook that says “On this day 4 years ago” with a photo of a KLM airplane sitting at the gate. That flight would be the third leg on a solo journey that saw me travel Prince George to Vancouver, Vancouver to Calgary, Calgary to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Kigali, and Kigali to Entebbe, to begin my journey around Uganda, and then onto Kenya from there. Planning and booking a trip like that, on my own, was a bit scary, but it was also a yes with every fibre of my being. Along the journey I met lovely people, saw things I had dreamt about for years and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the adventure.

For the next few weeks I am going to explore images that I didn’t share at the time of the trip, and take the opportunity to relive some of that adventure. I do hope to have the opportunity to trek to see gorillas again in the future; it is an absolutely magical experience, and the tourism dollars from the treks are so vital to ensuring the survival of the mountain gorillas.

I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with me.

I’ve been using the face-palm emoji a lot lately, and when I scrolled by this image, I chuckled a bit.
Makara the silverback sitting with a couple of the juvenile gorillas.
Kids will be kids!

Have a great week everyone!

2017-03-20: Monochrome Monday

Happy first day of Spring!  My goodness I am certainly happy to say that, and also very happy that it is finally starting to feel like winter has loosened its grip around here.  I’m at the point now where only 50% of my lawn is still cover in snow!

For today, I thought I would share a mixed bag of photos from my trip to East Africa.

Happy Monday all, and have a wonderful week!

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A juvenile gorilla with a tasty branch.

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A young lion amongst the acacia.

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A spooky tree that I think would be amazing to shoot with the stars in the background.  Fingers crossed I find some more spooky trees on my next trip.

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A pair of hyena pups wrestle outside of the den site near the Amboseli airstrip.

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A giraffe in a fever tree forest in Ol Kinyei Conservancy in Kenya.

 

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2017-01-05: WPC Resilient

The mountain gorillas, despite living in conflict zones and being subjected to poaching and diseases, are still around, and in some areas, thriving.  Spending time with them is a beautiful experience.  I would definitely define them as being resilient.  Let’s hope their numbers will increase, and we will be able to share our world with these magnificent creatures for many, many years to come.

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A gorilla infant makes eye contact from the safety of the group.

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WPC: Resilient

2016-10-09: Holiday Photos

Every month the photo club I belong to has a photo topic of the month, as well as being able to submit a further 5 photos for review and discussion.  Since all I have captured since I returned home are a few grainy images of one of the local deer (and lots of my dog) I thought I would share them here as well.  I am hoping to get back into the swing of things with my “What I’ve seen this week” Sunday post very soon.

Until then, I hope you enjoy some images of Uganda and Kenya.

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This image stirs up so much for me.  I can almost smell the fever trees and the acacia and the scent of the elephants, I can almost hear the rumbles, the crunch of branches and chewing of leaves, I can almost feel the warm of the sunlight.  Working on these images takes me right back and gives me a mini mental holiday 🙂

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Three young male lions had taken down a wildebeest in the night, and shortly before I shot this, all three were still picking away at the carcass.  There were a half dozen jackals hanging around, trying to figure out how to safely get close enough to grab a morsel or two.  This one only took another step before turning away.

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Witnessing a river crossing involves a lot of waiting, and then a lot of chaos in a short period of time.  I’m looking forward to sharing more about this experience!

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Just like human babies, the mountain gorilla infants that I saw were incredibly curious, and explored their world by touching everything.

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A lappet faced vulture lays claim to a wildebeest carcass that looks to be little more than some fur and bones.

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The repeating lines of tea fields near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.