Kenya, Africa, September 2003

For 16 days in September, 2003, I had the privilege of traveling to Africa to shoot wildlife and indigenous cultures in Kenya with seven other Seattle-based photographers. We photographed primarily in three locations: the great Maasai Mara game reserve which forms the northern border of the Serengeti and is the home of the annual Great Migration; the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its millions of migrating flamingos and majestic leopards; and the hot, arid twin reserves of Samburu and Buffalo Springs, in Kenya's dry Northern Game Country.

Please explore my Africa pages. I hope you find the stories and pictures as fascinating I did while experiencing them in person. Enjoy!

 

The safari experience was an adventure in itself. Come meet some of the people in the group and learn about the modern wildlife safari in Kenya: the dangerous bits might surprise you! I'll also talk a bit about what it takes to shoot all-digital in the third world.

Kenya has it all: the animals that every old-time hunter wanted to bag -- and that modern visitors thrill to photograph. We were fortunate in being able to capture some of the drama of the life and death struggle for survival in the wild.

The country of Kenya is quite beautiful, featuring many square miles of rolling farm land, long stretches of white sandy beach along the coast, volcanic mountains, dry deserts, and of course, the primal African beauty of its national parks.

The Maasai, the "warrior nomads" of the plains, are perhaps the best known of Kenya's ancestral peoples. In colonial times they established a reputation as fierce fighters, and are famous for their lion-hunting skills. Today many still maintain much of their traditional way of life.

The Samburu people are cousins of the Maasai and carry on many of the same pastoralist traditions, yet they seldom adopt an aggressive cultural stance towards other tribes. Their lands are in the dry northern plains of Kenya, and they face many hardships with quiet dignity.