Sunday, May 21, 2017

MacDowell Lake Photos

Images from MacDowell Lake recently: fine delicate color as the trees start to leaf-out.












Monday, May 8, 2017

Moosehorn NWR, Calais Maine

From a recent trip to down east Maine and the Moosehorn NWR.  Misty and rainy weather.  Spring colors were spectacular against the green evergreens and white birch branches and trunks.










Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tanzania Safari: Tarangire, Serengeti, Norongoro with Chumbe Island and Stone Town Zanzibar

A summary of our trip to Tanzania in June/July 2016.  The occasion was the 13th birthday of our twin grandchildren, Toby and Micah.  We went on a 10 day safari in northern Tanzania where we were treated to great African animal sightings.  We also visited three Tanzanian tribes and finished the trip with a stay in Zanzibar including snorkeling in Chumbe Island and a spice farm tour.

Our trip was a tremendous success as we saw a huge number of different animals and birds and the landscape was spectacular. Credit is due our very knowledgeable guide and driver, Eugene Mrosso, whose deep experience in the African bush helped to locate the animals.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tanzania Safari: The Dotoga, Hadzabe and Maasai Tribes

During last summers safari in Tanzania we visited three indigenous tribes near the safari areas.  The following book was put together from the photographs made during our visits to the three villages.  Each tribe's way of life was markedly different:  

The Dotoga tribe had cattle and goat herds, some farming and an ongoing metallurgy activity producing arrow and spear points for other tribes and jewelry.  They could melt copper and aluminum, but not iron. They heated iron to a red hot temperature and then employed blacksmith techniques to shape the metal into useful items.

The Hadzabe were in a way the most interesting as they were hunter/gatherers as in pre farming and pre animal domestication times.  We were able to watch three of their young hunters go out to find some small animals.  They had killed a large animal recently so did not require food at the moment.

The Maasai are famous as cattle and goat herdsmen.  They range over a wide region of the Serengeti region and each man carries a spear by tradition for protection.  In past times they had the attitude that all cattle were given to them by God so they could take any cow they came across.  They have subsequently given up cattle rustling apparently. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tanzania Safari, Norongoro

Norongoro is a caldera (19km wide, 260 sq. miles) with stunning views from the crater rim and a super abundance of wildlife on the crater floor because of the the presence of water.  The caldera was formed two/three million years ago when a volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. Tanzania Safari, Norongoro Landscape

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tanzania Safari, Serengeti Landscape

The Serengeti is an enormous savannah with wetlands and ancient volcanic rock formations stretching as far as the eye can see.  We encountered cheetahs and lions close by, as well as elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, monkeys, hippos, topi and many birds.

Tanzania Safari, Serengeti Landscape

Tanzania Safari, Tarangire Landscape

Tarangire reportedly has the second largest concentration of wildlife in the world next to the Serengeti.  It also presents spectacular scenery, including large stands of Baobob trees.  The Tarangire river flows even in the dry season, providing attraction to wildlife of all sorts.  Spectacular birds were in abundance.  We also came across the Anaconda digesting his meal(see reptile post)
Tanzania Safari, Tarangire Landscape