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Old Apr 15, 2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default Amboseli N P, Kenya - Part 1

We said goodbye to Serengeti NP leaving our hotel in the dark of dawn and seeing the sun come up at the airport. We Boarded a De Havilland Twin Otter for a flight back to Arusha where we boarded a bus that took us on a 2 hour drive to the Kenya border. There after what seemed like a long arduous passage through customs we got into 5 brand new (first day on the job) Toyota Land Cursers for our 1 hour ride to Amboselli NP. We arrived at our hotel had lunch and within hour we were back in the Safari vehicles and heading out to a game drive that lasted until well after sunset.

Amboselli NP sits at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest free standing Mt. in the world 19,341 feet). Much of the time we spent there the Mt. was shrouded in clouds but toward evening it usually cleared and gave us a spectacular view. Amboselli has a large dry-lake bed and an oasis of swamps. The park protects two of the 5 swamps. The park is 151 Sq miles in size and the local people are the Maasai. This park was a favorite for me because I had read so much about it and the Massai people that I felt at home here.

The park is noted to be the best place in Africa to get close to free ranging elephants. It is also a place where you can meet the Maasai people and visit there village. We saw a lot here and consequently this park will be covered with a couple of posts.

Because of the large elephant herds I tried to take some panos so you could get a feel for the size of the herds and the enormity of the Park.


Sunrise at Serengeti NP Airport


De Havaland Twin Otter (rear) is the plane we flew in. Both planes were used by our group.


Taken while walking to our hotel room.


Baboon on dead tree.


Hitching a ride with mom.


8 shot pano hand held in portrate mode








Old Bull Elephant



Now you know why they are called Warthogs.

Lou

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Lou, I can't see the images...what I see is:
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Lou, same problem here, only content protected by owner

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 6:14 PM   #4
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Some great pics, it would be amazing to see africa..
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Visibile now Lou. That was worth waiting for...Great shots of the elephant family, especially the little one. The old bull looks like he's served well in protecting the herd. And I like the one of the warthog...Hakuna Matata!!!

Excellent shots...thanks for sharing your travels with us.

You are stoking my yearning for some foreign travel...

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Wow what a trip Lou, That is quite a elephant herd I like the pano's, the flat country side just keeps going off into the distance, what a view

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Great photos, Lou! I would love to see a map of your journey.
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G'day Lou

As others ^ have already said - a great series of images
Q1- I presume your main lens here is the 100-400??
Q2- what portable storage are you using while 'on-the-road'??

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Thanks all for the nice comments. I will try and get a map up so you can have a better idea of the distances traveled and where these NP's are in relation to each other.

Phil - my primary lens was the Sigma 150- 500mm. The other most used lens was the Tamron 18-250. I had two 16GB San Disc Extreme cards one in each camera body (K-5 & K-7). I used a 10" HP notebook (10"x7"X3/4") and each night like clockwork I downloaded all the pictures (all shot in Raw) into it. It has a 130 GB hard drive. I then copied all the pictured to a Western Digital 500GB mini hard drive. I then formatted the cards and was ready for the next day's shooting.

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These are amazing photos Lou. Africa is definitely on my list of places to visit...... someday. I'm very much looking forward to seeing more photos, and seeing a map of your travels!
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