September 22, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Here are some more images from the Safari. I can't begin to describe how amazing it was to see these animals in the wild. Its one thing to see them at a zoo or even the San Diego Wild Animal Park, its another thing entirely seeing them in their natural habitat. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I know there are no animals in this image but I just love it. Africa, Kenya specifically, is such a beautiful place and this image is so perfectly Kenyan to me.

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The elusive leopard. All the Kenyans have been amazed that we got to see one. I'm amazed that he looked right at me. I was praying the whole time that it was in focus. There's nothing worse than an amazing image that turns out to be soft. I lucked out and its a sharp as it gets.

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There were a million zebras. So many that we were actually bored of them by the end.

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Freaky water buffalo. They're one of the more dangerous and aggressive animals in Africa. As you can tell I was pretty close. I was in the safety of our Land Cruiser though, with our very capable driver, William at the wheel.

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Lots of giraffe as well.

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I forget what kind of monkey this was. Anyone care to clue me in?

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I LOVE this shot of the wildabeast. There were probably a couple hundred within a few hundred yards of this one but this one was all alone and with the dusty air in the back ground and the small trees dotting the land it was just perfect.

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[September 22, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
i love the composition of these images. how close were you? did you shoot these with a 24? they are amazing...love the tone.
[September 22, 2008] Annemarie said:
Hmmm....the kind of monkey? Cute??? :) I love the shot of the lone wildabeast. I was in Kenya with my family almost 17 years ago, and those animals were everywhere!! When we got home from the trip....with almost 800 photos between us (back in the day of non digital), we didn't have ONE picture of them! Since there were so many of them, each one of us assumed that someone else had gotten a shapshot! I'm enjoying seeing your photographs from the adventure!
[September 22, 2008] Micah said:
Please sense my jealousy right now. Thanks for updating us bro!
[October 2, 2008] Jennifer VanSuydam said:
These are absolutely beautiful. I love every single one.
[March 12, 2009] Amelia Thornton said:
Hi Michael - Great shots! I'm going to Kenya (and Uganda and Rwanda) in June/July. I *think* that is a Vervet Monkey in your sixth shot. Happy shooting :)
[April 20, 2009] Kelly said:
Hey Michael, I have recently found your blog, fantastic pictures! I'm from South Africa and we have those cute little monkeys living in our trees in our backyard, they are called Vervet Monkey's. Although they arent as cute as they look, mother vervets will tear you apart if you even looked at one of their babies wrong and they are forever coming in through our windows and stealing our banana's or any fruit for that matter from the fruit bowl! It looks like you had such an awesome trip to Kenya I would love to visit there one day. Thanks for all the images, such an inspiration. Regards Kelly
[January 11, 2010] rebecca sue said:
i think the monkey is a gibbon
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[September 26, 2011] Kenya Safaris said:
looks more of a vervet monkey than a gibbon. Quite common when on bushy areas inn Africa.
[December 9, 2016] Kenya safari tours said:
The original home of safari. This is where it all began. Great pictures pal