Huddled close together, the larger elephants protect the babies near the center as they pass by our vehicle
The last few days I’ve been swept up in memories of Africa dipped in shades of dusty blue and yellow—Amboseli, last June, in particular, for this recent jaunt down memory lane.
The colors were muted. Quiet. Subtly captivating. A worthy complement to the gentle nature of the hundreds of elephants that roam its rocky plains, high grasses, acacia forests and verdant swamps.
Here are a few of my favorite moments….
Two zebras are dwarfed by the acacia tress in the background
A hyena pays close attention to the morning floor show.
Flying from one limb to another a vulture makes an unusually beautiful image
The sky darkened and the elephant began to move. I remember thinking then that the scene looked like a living version of those elaborate glassed-in habitats in Natural History Museums
A young calf nurses from its mother in the wee hours of the morning
A lone, gorgeous acacia stands tall and regal amidst the beauty of Amboseli. I wouldn’t mind this view every morning.
Herd passes by the jeep on its way to the marshes
An elephant many hundreds of yards away on Amboseli Lake.
Me shooting the image above. Yep, he was that far away.
A view of Mount Kilimanjaro. I remember looking at the summit knowing that people were up there somewhere possibly looking down at us.
Still as a statue this Goliath heron waits for something to move beneath the water. Preferably something it can eat.
A color coordinated spotted hyena walks towards its den in the high grass
A herd with over 80 members walks across a dry plain
One of the biggest, big Tuskers I’ve ever seen. I was absolutely thrilled to see this big boy, there are so few left due to poaching
The end: (I know, I know.. couldn’t resist.) An egret finds a perfect perch on the back of a sleeping elephant.