Maasai women African Elephant Flower Shrike
A Photo Tour of Kenya, Africa
by Dan Greenspan


Leopards are hard to find; they don't like a fuss and only come out at dusk.


A family of elephants crosses the Ewaso Ngiro river in Samburu National Park. When this picture was taken in July 2002, the river was low from a long drought.


No, this is not a nuclear explosion... just a sunset.

Rhino
This is one of my favorite images. The Oloololo escarpment defines the edge of an undulating grass sea. Grass, tree, animal, all move in the same direction, driven by the morning wind. The environmental imperative drives all before it; those who will survive know how to sense and navigate its currents.


When giraffe run, they cover ground speedily, but because of their long stride they don't have to move quickly. This gives them a majestic, otherworldy air when they run.


The hippo surfaced, and made this sound.

 

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Photos are divided up into albums:
Maasai Mara, Samburu, Isiolo and Nanyuki,
Nairobi (city), and Nairobi National Park, and
then further divided up into albums of people and animals.

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I crossed the equator four times while in africa. Here is a picture of me standing on the equator, ready to test the coriolis force. I'd heard conflicting things about it - that it was too global of a phenomenon to see on a human scale, that it could be seen easily, or that it took special apparatus to see it. I now know that it can be seen easily with crude tools. All it takes is a bowl with a hole in it. Put some water and dead grass in, so you can clearly see the rotation. Stand on the lne - it goes straight down. Rotate it with your finger - it stops, goes straight down. Walk ten yards north - it slowly rotates counterclockwise. Force it in the other direction with your finger - it slows, stops, and returns back to it's own direction eventually. Walk ten yards south, see the same thing in reverse.


A vervet monkey stares defiantly into the camera after trying to unzip my camera bag and make off with something shiny while I wasn't paying attention. In certain areas, zippers aren't enough closure for a tent; you need to tie them shut. Never underestimate the destructive capability of an animal with opposable thumbs.

A store/stall typical of those found near the outskirts of Nairobi.

Animals grazing

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A lion yawning on the Maasai Mara.


Cape buffaloes with cattle egret. Cattle egrets are an integral part of cape buffalo herds; the buffalo flush insects from the grass and the egrets snap them up. It was my impression that the egrets used the buffalo as perches in order to get a better view of their surroundings.


Some of the members of a large herd of Cape Buffaloes. Note the red-billed oxpecker on the back of the central buffalo. Members of the starling family, these birds parasitize and opportunistically feed upon the buffaloes, consuming delicacies like wounded flesh, scabs, earwax, ticks, and mites. Fleeing at the first sign of danger, they provide a warning service to the buffaloes. More images of bids and buffaloes.


This rhino gave no indication that it was aware of us.

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