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Africa Calling

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I had no idea, when I wrote about becoming a nomad for a year, how such a risky decision would turn out. In the modern world, we are conditioned to play it safe, work a real job, buy a house, save our money, and travel the world when we retire. Living in such an environment… Read more »

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Tribes of the Omo – Last Chance

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The tribes of the Omo Valley are some of the most ornate on the continent of Africa and around the world. Although I had been traveling to Africa for many years before stepping foot into Ethiopia, it was my first trip to the Omo Valley that really defined the focus of my work in Eastern… Read more »

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Dropping into a National Geographic wildlife documentary

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If you ever dreamed of being dropped into the middle of a National Geographic wildlife documentary film, then come on safari to the Maasai Mara! Not only are the drama, suspense, action and excitement far beyond your expectations, but chances are that you will be sitting along side a film crew and the top wildlife… Read more »

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A photographer’s life in the Bush – What a week!

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Well, you can say, “It has been one of those weeks.” Those wonderful, “African Rains”, of which everyone dreams and Toto sings, have made a huge mud pit of the Mara, and it is the dry season!!   At one point in my life, I thought it would be amazing to tough out the mess during… Read more »

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Artistic vision beyond the obvious

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FAR too often we get too caught up in the excitement of our subject to take a step back, take a deep breath, and allow our own artistic vision to flow. We arrive at an exciting destination and switch from artistic vision to, “getting the shot”. We travel half way around the world dreaming of… Read more »

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TOO many vehicles in the Mara, really?

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I am always curious about a person when I receive an email, or read a comment complaining about too many vehicles in the Mara. I often wonder what their personal motivation is behind discouraging others from coming to one of the most renowned wildlife reserves in the world, a reserve immortalized by countless BBC and… Read more »

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Living with Lions

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A gentle wind blows across the plains as prides of lions lie in the shade of the acacias, waiting patiently in anticipation. At any moment now, a dust cloud will gather over the horizon, as thousands of wildebeest thunder through the tall grasses of the Maasai Mara; marking the arrival of the Great Migration. During… Read more »

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One Life; Dream it, Chase it, Live it.

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If I were practical, I would not be a photographer living in Kenya. I have always been a dreamer and a dream chaser. For weeks, I went through the grief between practical and heart racing as I traveled through Kenya and came in and out of Nairobi. Those of you that have traveled with me… Read more »

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7 things I miss the most about the US

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I only had about seven weeks to settle into life in Nairobi before I hit the road again, but it was enough to get a taste of real life. Although I have spent 1-3 months a year in Kenya for the past decade, even staying in Karen—an area in Nairobi—with friends for several weeks, living… Read more »

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Experience the Extraordinary

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt   It is the adventures and experiences that create the excitement that feeds one’s soul. When life starts to feel mundane, it is time to take… Read more »