A World Swathed in Yellow and Blue: The Splendor of Amboseli Calls

Elephant herd in Amboseli, Kenya

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 zebra in Amboseli, Kenya

Two zebras are dwarfed by the acacia tress in the background

Elephants pass by a hyena in Amboseli, Kenya

A hyena pays close attention to the morning floor show.

Vultures flying to a tree in Amboseli, Kenya

Flying from one limb to another a vulture makes an unusually beautiful image

One elephant in the acacia forest in Amboseli, Kenya

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 elephant calf nurses from its mother in Amboseli, Kenya

A young calf nurses from its mother in the wee hours of the morning

single acacia tree in Amboseli, Kenya

A lone, gorgeous acacia stands tall and regal amidst the beauty of Amboseli. I wouldn’t mind this view every morning.

Elephant herd in Amboseli, Kenya

Herd passes by the jeep on its way to the marshes


An elephant many hundreds of yards away on Amboseli Lake in Kenya

An elephant many hundreds of yards away on Amboseli Lake.

Susan Portnoy photographing an elephant in Amboseli, Kenya

Me shooting the image above. Yep, he was that far away.

Mount Kilimanjaro.

A view of Mount Kilimanjaro. I remember looking at the summit knowing that people were up there somewhere possibly looking down at us.


A crane alone in a watering hole in Amboseli, Kenya

Still as a statue this Goliath heron waits for something to move beneath the water. Preferably something it can eat.

A spotted hyena walks towards its den in the high grass in Amboseli, Kenya

A color coordinated spotted hyena walks towards its den in the high grass

A herd with over 80 members walks across a dry plain in Amboseli, Kenya

A herd with over 80 members walks across a dry plain

Giant bull elephant in Amboseli, Kenya

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

Elephant butt and Egret in Amboseli, Kenya

The end: (I know, I know.. couldn’t resist.) An egret finds a perfect perch on the back of a sleeping elephant.




Categories: Africa, Amboseli, Kenya, Safaris

8 replies »

    • Thank you. I know exactly how you feel. I just can’t quite get sated. I love traveling elsewhere in the world but the desire to return to Africa is a consistent nagging passion. 🙂

    • Wonderful way to put it. I couldn’t agree more, the elephants make me happy just standing there. Thank you for your kind words about the photos. I am very happy you enjoyed them. 🙂

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