PhotoPOSTcard: Jumping With Joy

While the adult men in the Maasai Village in Kenya were performing their traditional jumping dance for us, off to the side, these little boys were practicing and jumping along. When they saw my camera pointing at them, they put even more energy and exuberance into the act, and giving me the biggest smiles possible at the same time.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Waiting

On my recent visit to Kenya, I had the chance to visit a Maasai Village again. After the dancing demonstration and the tour of a Maasai mud home, we had the chance to shop in the crafts hut and to make purchases. We browsed the many items made by the members of the village and made our purchases, negotiating with one of the younger men in the village who spoke very good English.  Outside of the enclosed hut, the women looked on in anticipation, waiting to see if one of the items they made was going to be sold and so provide some extra income for her and her children.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Double Vision

I’ve always wondered – are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Zebras often stand together nose to tail like this so that they have a full 360 degree view for potential predators.

Please note that my visit to Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Circle of Life

In Kenya’s Mara ecosystem, a baby Thomson’s gazelle gives up its life to extend the life of a black-backed jackal. The jackal is part of the same animal family that also contains wolves, coyotes and dogs. It is a monogamous species whose pups stay with the family to help raise the next generations.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All Content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Hyena in the Mara

Hyenas tend to get a bad rap, but personally, I think they are rather cute. Hyenas prefer to be nocturnal hunters, so it was quite special seeing this one early in the morning in the Olchorro Conservancy which is part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The Olchorro Conservancy is one of a number of land conservancies that border the Maasai Mara Reserve and help protect the natural Mara landscape for the wild animals we all love to see.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All Content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Sometimes It Can Be Really Hard to Get A Drink

This herd of zebras desperately wanted a drink and would carefully approach the bank of this pond and stick their noses in the water. Then, just as soon as they started to drink, the hippo would pop his head out and startle the zebras back up the bank. This happened over and over as we watched the scene for about 15 minutes. It was almost as if the hippo was doing it on purpose, and playing a game with the zebras.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All Content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Pride Full of Love

We ended our game drive day in the Olchorro Conservancy in Kenya’s Maasai Mara area on a high note with a sighting of a lion family unit that consisted of two sisters and their two month old cubs. We watched them for almost an hour, and it was fascinating to see how affectionate the lionesses were with each other and with all the babies. There was no distinction between mine and yours – all three cubs nursed with each mother, and each cub went back and forth between the sisters looking for affection and food, all of which was freely given by each mom.

My visit to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose 

PhotoPOSTcard: Just One Big Putty Tat

Even the king of beasts has to scratch an itch sometimes.

On a game drive through the Olchoro and Lemek Conservancies in Kenya’s Mara ecosystem, I was fortunate to observe a large pride of lions just hanging out in the shade, sleeping, and basically, acting like cats.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy was hosted by Biospheres Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose

This is Africa Beyond the Big 5

An African safari should be more than just seeing the BIG 5. The extent of the animal diversity in this part of the planet was amazing. This photo essay shares the great 55 that I saw on my recent Kenya and Tanzania safari experience.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Baobab Sunset

We were treated to a spectacular sunset on our last evening on safari in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. One of the things that made this park unique from the others we had visited was not the animal life, but rather, the plant life – the baobab trees to be specific. The distinctly wide and bulbous shaped tree trunk stores water for the tree so that it can survive drought conditions, thereby its other name “Tree of Life”.

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Rose