Thursday, February 16, 2017

Closer to wild, a shared adventure. . . . . . . . . .


If you love animals, especially viewing them in their natural habitats,
I hope you will enjoy this post. These are all photos from Kenya which I've
not shown previously - it's rather long and all the information is 
at the end.

























This will probably be the final post on my safari trip to Kenya last Autumn.
These links below will take you directly to view my earlier posts of very exciting
 moments of that memorable trip --------------

 http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2017/02/kenyan-birdsong.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/11/a-morning-on-maasai-mara.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-cheetah-on-early-morning-drive.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-maasai-community.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-leopard.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-crossing.html
http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/2016/09/mara-lions-from-sunrise-to-sunset.html

As usual, I took a lot (close to 2,000) photos, of people, places, and of
 course the amazing animals. I used the lightweight Canon Power Shot SX530HS
point and shoot, not a hefty complicated DSLR, and am happy with my photos.
This visit, we were in Kenya the entire time. All these beautiful creatures,
 large and small, were seen on the magnificent Masaai Mara National Reserve
 which is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. 
I've included some shots which show you the stunning landscapes as well as
 close ups of the animals.

As mentioned, these are photos I've not shown in previous posts. They are more
 I really like and want to share with you before moving all the Africa photos
 to a portable drive to free up storage space here on my MacBook. 

If possible, never pass up a chance to visit the captivating
 continent of Africa. . . . . . and definitely go on a wildlife safari.
For more information on planning a wonderful customized safari trip,
I suggest you contact Kili McGowan here at NEXT ADVENTURE
Kili and her staff will make sure your experience will be unforgettable 
as mine have always been.


19 comments:

  1. Oh Mary, it's the closest I'll ever get to Africa. I hope those beautiful beasts will be left in our grandchildren's lifetime.

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    1. I definitely feel the same and any stories that are published regarding killing these beautiful creatures always upset me SO much.

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  2. Stunning photos, Mary. Really...you should work for National Geographic.

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    1. You are sweet to say that Deb. I've never had any photo instruction but perhaps learned to 'see' with a creative eye thanks to working in the art/advertising field back in the day! Not up for a new career at this age, but do find great happiness getting out there and using my camera to record memories which I will enjoy when I can no longer go to such wild places.

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  3. You got some amazing photos on your trip Mary.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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    1. . . . . . and as always, Africa was truly amazing! Thanks Penny.

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  4. Dear Mary, Absolutely fabulous. The first Cheetah shot is sensational and then the three Giraffes, stunning. And then there are all the others. Each one a masterpiece.

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    1. Thank you Gina. It's not hard to end up with a lot of wonderful photos from a safari - all the hours spent in the bush surrounded by the animals, usually well-behaved and oblivious to humans passing by, thankfully!

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  5. I really enjoyed looking at the photos. I don't know whether I'll ever make it to Africa, but your photos make me dream.

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    1. Hope you do get there some day Lorree - it truly is a wonderful change from our everyday lifestyle!

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  6. Absolutely stunning - so many great captures. Love the giraffes - and the birds on the backs of such large animals. Glorious wonderful photos.

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    1. Yes, those perky little oxpecker birds are always so busy doing what they do, and I'm sure the host animals are grateful!

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  7. The light in these photos is amazing. One can almost feel the direct heat of the sun at that latitude and altitude. Gorgeous textures of grass, fur, hair and sky. Thank you for sharing, Mary.

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    1. Early mornings are really chilly Lorrie - you need to bundle up when you head out on game drives before sun up. But the midday temps. can get really hot - fortunately we were comfortable and actually had a little rain on a couple of days in Kenya. Evenings cool off rapidly too once that glorious sunset is done - then the sounds of night begin. The Mara is a truly glorious place to see just about every African animal - I loved my time there.
      Thanks for visiting here.

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  8. Mary, I would love to visit Kenya and capture the wildlife that you saw! The first photo of the cheetah watching for his prey is amazing!! Absolutely stunning!! Take care. Chel x

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  9. I so hope you will get there some day Chel - with your photography expertise I know your pix would be stunning. You do see plenty of humongous cameras/lenses when out in the safari vehicles - many set on noisy automatic shooting which is very annoying at times, and I often wonder how much better their pix can be! Mine are all taken with love and thoughts of not disturbing the animals, or the other people around me. I am very happy with all I managed to capture for my own memory and to share with my friends who have yet to visit Africa.
    Mary -

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  10. Thank you for your comment, dear Mary, over on my blog, letting ,e know you did indeed read all my catch up responses. I really do try to take the time to write things worthy of the time and energy you yourself put into these marvelous posts.

    It's really bonkers jsut how many animals you saw in the wild! Wow. I think my favourite are the giraffes so statuesque on the horizon and the crazy warthog (is is?) close up.

    Well, if I ever go on a safari one day, I will of course be re-reading your post for who to contact! As it is, as noted already, my oldest son, my namesake, heads off to Botswana with the PEace Corps for his first time so that is exciting and great for him. Only 1 in 6 people who apply get in so I'm relly proud of him adn he is very much like me--a people person and already works a lot with the international students on campus so is well prepared. Maybe, jsut maybe, somehow in the next 2 years we coudl go see him and then I can be the one to post pics of such beasts and you leave th ecomments. :) Wishing you well. I wonder where you next adventure will be!

    Oh!!! And guess what? I had the funniest dream with you and your grandchild, Cassie and her fam!! It was such a hoot.

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  11. Your photos are spectacular. I have that little Power Shot I carry in my purse all the time. It does really do a good job. But I must say part of the art is your eye and you do have a good eye for taking pictures. Thanks for all you share with us.

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  12. You really do take wonderful photos! My husband and I sat down together and looked at your photos of Africa. He even went online and looked at the camera you mentioned. WOW! You are GOOD! Hugs, Diane

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