A Predator Has One Thing In Mind…

Mara Leopard ON1

As soon as there is life there is danger. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ibis On The Uaso Nyiro

Very little light remained in the sky on the evening this photograph appeared; the original Fujichrome transparency is drowned in shadows and garish blues. It’s nothing I’d print, and until I ran across it the other day I didn’t remember that moment at all—not surprising, since it was less than a second out of  120 rolls of film I shot during our 1999 visit to Kenya.

Ibis

But after I scanned the slide and began playing with it, the mood and memories of that day in Samburu National Reserve returned (I had to look up the name of the river). This scene was close to the safari lodge where we stayed; the Uaso Nyiro was barely a creek-sized flow in many places, and opposite the lodge, no more than a hundred yards from our tourist comforts, a large (aren’t they all?) crocodile had spent most of the day…waiting. We were assured (warned) that it often hid beneath the river’s overhanging banks.

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. —Steve Irwin

That Look

Mara Leopard
Leopard in a tree at mid-day, Masai Mara, Kenya

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
—Albert Einstein

How We See

Reticulated giraffes, 20-0014PP
Reticulated giraffes, Kenya

Lately, sharp lenses are all the rage, but that is not the way we see things. There should be a hint of blur, of mystery, about them. My eyes certainly aren’t sharp in the corners.

“When I Grow Up…”

Grant's zebra foal, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Grant’s zebra foal, Maasai Mara, Kenya

There’s no limit to how much you’ll know,
depending how far beyond zebra you go.
—Dr. Suess