This post is my reflection on the Christmas day I spend with new found friends and family in Uganda… My friend Amina, in the black dress below, was our safety guide while rafting the Nile river 2 days before. She saw that I was traveling alone and asked where I would be on Christmas. When … Continue reading
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It pouring rain in Bocastown, Bocas del Toro, Panama right now!
A nice break from the cold up North!
The truth about Bahar Dar and the Blue Nile Falls
You came a long way to see the Blue Nile Falls and hopefully they are turned on when you arrive. The damn was open for our visit but getting there is the trick. First, you can take public minibuses there but be warned that the road is horrible and the drive is 90 minutes. A … Continue reading
A teenaged mountain gorilla from the Nkuringo troop, Uganda
Here is the teenaged boy in front. You can see silver back in the background. For the rest of the lead up to this story, follow this…. Mmmm. that is some fresh nice stuff (it looks like) I have to include the picture of our guides and trackers in every photo. They … Continue reading
The Banna Tribe- Omo Valley, Ethiopia
You saw the pictures from the market at Key Afar the previous day (posted last month) and here is who we picked up on the way back. From left to right we have Meekay (spelled as sounds), Emany, and Bure. We are headed to their village. With a goat to celebrate their recent success at … Continue reading
A working elephant chained in the front yard along the Mekong River, Laos (video- please share!)
The market at Key Afar where 3 tribes meet- Banna, Hamer, and Tsemay people
NOTE: This is directly from my journaling the night after this experience in Omo Valley, January 2014 (2006 in Ethiopia) unless its bold and italics We stopped to pick up some boys from the Banna tribe en route to the market in Key Afar. The 4 boys had hair styled the same bright bands on … Continue reading
Hanging out with Chimpanzees at Kayanchu, Uganda
Note: This text was written the day after this event while in Uganda I awoke in my hammock to rustling leaves and bushes. I had been hoping to be awakened by birds but it was still dark. I admit, I was terrified. What do you say to a tree climbing lion in the forest? Do … Continue reading
View of the active volcano (Concepcion) at Ometepe, Nicaragua (video)
Last weeks post was pretty heavy so lets take a wander back to 2005 when I visited Nicaragua (Jueputa!) I a pretty sure I was on volcan Maderas when I shot this super low definition footage. Ha ha I remember coming back and showing my friends this video like it was HD. My how technology … Continue reading
Life in the Dessenech Village and the war in South Sudan
Note: this was started the day of this event and the section written at home is in bold and italics. Both are adequately stream of consciousness! Only a handful of kilometers from the South Sudan border there is an oven where a well decorated people raise cattle, sorgum, and wheat to meet their basic needs … Continue reading
More baby elephants and swahili in Masai Mara
More babies and my guide babbling to other guides about what other animals are around to see… More elephant videos… Lions on a kill in Masai Mara (video)
The Danakil Depression- The land of Lucy our genetic grandmother
We are all Ethiopian. Lucy was unearthed here, her body 3.2 million years old. I don’t imagine much mixing has happened, relative to the rest of the world, since this time. Here today and for at least 5 or 6 centuries the Afar people have toiled in this arid land eeking out a living. … Continue reading
The 35 Kalishnikov salute! Not kidding.
On my third day in Ethiopia, we headed fro Axum to Mekele to take a tour of the Danakil Depression. The arid landscape was full of smiling faces but suddenly..there was a mob of men in the road ahead. They all held AK-47’s. I was SO nervous. This land is lawless. As we drove on … Continue reading
Making out with the Sphinx
Wow, I made it to the Great Pyramids. Here’s the story. When I was a boy, maybe 31 years ago, my grandmother came to visit. We thought she was mean. She was definitely scary because she was a heavy breather like Darth Vader without the mask. I mean no disrespect! It’s just an observation. Anyway … Continue reading
Silverbacks are just old Mountain Gorillas
It’s true and they just relax and eat salad all day long. Surreal. I made some video of this experience too with an excellent sound track, in my opinion and there are a few posts with the rest of the 14 members in the Nkuringo troop. If you are interested in visiting with Mountain Gorillas … Continue reading
Ethiopian Fireworks! New Years Eve on a lake of hot magma
BAM! There are only three places in the world to experience this and at Ertale, in the Danakil Depression, there is no limit to how close you can get. This was the hottest place to countdown the incoming new year. Please Share! Check out the next morning for some perspective!
Elephants on the savannah with a baby (video)
Another childhood dream realized in Masai Mara Please share if you care! See more of my photos and videos from this African safari Young lion on a wildebeest kill Zebras, giraffes, and lions all day long!
The Dessenech tribe on the border of South Sudan
Note: This is written post visit to Omo Valley, Ethiopia December 2013. Seeing these images now in Fairbanks, Alaska where we are calling the season Spring because the day approaches 12 hours in length but the thermometer remains well below freezing is quite a contrast to conditions when I shot these photos. I was a … Continue reading
At the merkato Axum, Ethiopia
This is my first day in Ethiopia. I came by accident and I fell in love with this country. Here is a glimpse into life in the city where Orthodox Christianity made its first foot hold and where the home of Sheba lies in ruin. … Continue reading
A taxi ride across the Ugandan savannah
Note: This was written in Fort Portal, Uganda over two days just after the ride The image only highlights the local flora and morning light of the tropical savannah near Kahihi, Uganda but its framed by homespun humanity and dotted with animals found only in zoos and childrens books. I put the camera away after … Continue reading