This is the third blog from my recent trip to Masai Mara in Africa. In each blog I will highlight some of the animals we photographed. In addition, I will give you a little idea of what it was like to photograph there.
Olumaru Camp: Our day began at 5:30 AM when our coffee and hot chocolate were delivered to our room. This was a wonderful way to start the new day. We got ready and met the vans at 6 AM.
On this 3rd day of photographing were treated with a beautiful sunrise which we photographed with a favorite tree providing the foreground interest and focal point for our sunrise photos. We took some photos with the large (500mm) lens from inside the van, and some photos when we went closer to the tree and used a wider angle lens (24-70mm).
As you can see from the photos the land is very flat and, in the morning, it is a good bit cooler. The temperatures could be as cool as 45-55 degrees F. Layering our clothing allowed us to take off layers as it warmed up. As the sun started to rise in the sky, we met up with an elephant family making their way across the savannah.
The Baboons traveled in families and we were able to watch a family pass by our van while we photographed away. I especially liked the way the babies would cling to the mom’s back or stomach after having a morning snack before moving on.
In certain areas the giraffe would congregate and very often one giraffe or two would stop and pose for us. I never got tired of watching the giraffe move gracefully through the brush. I am intrigued by the different patterns or markings of each giraffe. Each one appeared to be unique from the others in marking and coloring. And, giraffe have the most beautiful eyes!
Cheetah could be seen hunting for prey. And last but not least a couple of lions lounging in the grass. They had their breakfast and were taking a little snooze time. I especially like this next picture which shows off the ability of the Nikon D700 camera and Nikkor 500mm lens because you can actually see the eyelashes and whiskers on the cheetah.