Hi guys and gals.
Finally here, sat down ready to share our adventures out in the Masai Mara. For reference I am now back in the UK and retrospectively updating the blog day by day. The internet out in the bush was very slow and I decided to put conserving my energy and sleep ahead of wrestling the internet in the dead of night so I can be at full steam for the guests.
Well here on the first day I am working solo to get my eye in with good friend and top (top!) guide Charles putting his eagle eyes to good use as well as Camp manager and squirrel lover extraordinaire Darren giving his new SLR a workout.
Buzzing with the excitement at seeing old friends and being back in one of my favourite places on this planet we zoom out of camp. That weird smell which is a combination of Mara dust, suncream, and various animal whiffs as well as the all too familiar bumping around in the seat gets me right back where I left off last year and we are off! I have the rockstar combination of the Nikon D500 and AF-S 80-400 lens alongside my D800 and wide lenses, just the best setup you could want out on safari in the Mara.
Charles and Darren were musing how the Lion populations were huge at the moment and before long we came across this pair.
On their own, somewhat detached from the pride Charles noted they are probably mating. Not my most striking images, but interesting behaviour to see by any standards….
For those of you who have never seen Lions mating, it is an odd combination of comedy, intimidation and speed shall we say. They can mate off and on for several days and by the looks of it were were a day or two in as they really weren’t giving it their all by this stage.
The sun was now slowly descending, softening up the landscape and creating some of that drama I like.
Regular reader will know I have been upping my black and white game and I am keenly on the lookout for underexposure options when the cats are sat in interesting, dappled light areas.
Waiting for this chap’s head to be in just the right place and making sure my camera was seeing things as I wanted I managed to snap a nice portrait. This one will definitely be heading into the limited signed editions area soon, wonderful dappled side light….
Then after a reasonably sedate but wonderfully enjoyable game drive we had our sundowners, snapped a few Thompson’s on the horizon and made our way back for dinner.
Until next time folks!
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