After our final morning at our Serengeti camp, we hit the road and reached our lodge in Tarangire National Park by nightfall. I always enjoy Tarangire because it has the highest concentration of elephants and baobabs on the northern circuit and those are some of my favorite subjects. It’s chock full of plenty of other wildlife too; I’ve had my best leopard sightings here, lions in trees, large families of giraffe, antelope, and birds. And this time, there were more zebra than I’m used to seeing – we saw plenty of large herds.
It was time to leave the northern Serengeti and move on to another camp; this one just south of the central Serengeti. We spent the day winding our way south, making an all-day game drive of it. We saw many of the more common animals – wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe – but as we got closer to camp, we spied a serval in the grass. People talk about the “big cats” – lions, leopards, and cheetahs – but a serval is one of the “small cats” and seeing them is a very rare and special sighting. This is only the second serval I’ve seen myself. The grass was a bit tall but the serval was kind enough to pose for a few shots before it disappeared into the grass. Not the most cooperative subject.
It’s a treat to wake up at a true mobile, tented camp in the middle of the Serengeti. We spent three nights here and I think it’s the most authentic way to experience a traditional safari.
On our first day, we took breakfast with us so we could drive to the river early. I was very encouraged by the massive herds of wildebeest that we drove by. It’s impossible to predict exactly when the herds will be in place to make the crossing so it’s a small gamble when you book your airfare. In other years, I might have missed by a couple of weeks.
We drove north to the Kogatende airstrip then east along the southern side of the Mara River, looking for herds massing near the riverbank. Watching the herds cross is a waiting game because they are unpredictable and get spooked easily. You wait some distance back from the river so the herds don’t get scared away and then, once they look like they are starting to cross, you move forward as fast as you can without spooking them (which means pretty slowly). And as much as you want to be alone while doing this, many other people in the area have the same idea so there’s a bit of jockeying for position as well.
Last week’s gallery opening in Arlington, MA was a big success. For those of you who aren’t local or couldn’t make it, I’ll post the images of Paris that I’m showing there over the coming weeks on my Facebook page – be sure to follow me there.
In Photo Tour news, my March 2017 photo safari is now ready and listed on this site and I’m excited that I can offer it at the same price as my 2016 tour. It’s an amazing 11-day, 10-night safari where you will stay at exclusive camps right in the parks. I’ve designed it to put you right in the middle of the action so you can come home with great images.
March is at the end of the foaling season in the Serengeti: you will see young zebras and wildebeest among the herds. The Ngorongoro Crater is lush and green and Tarangire is full of amazing baobabs and elephants for us to photograph. You can find all of the details about this safari here.
Contact me soon if you would like to join the group on this great photographic opportunity!
I’m showing 10 prints from my Paris Studies collection in a group show: SIX VISIONS: Photography and Sculpture at the Old Schwamb Mill. We hung the show last week (picture here) and reviews are already positive!
If you are in the Boston area, please join us at the opening reception this Saturday, April 2, from 3 – 5pm at The Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA 02476.
The Old Schwamb Mill is also having its Springtime Open House that day starting at 11am. The Mill is famous for turning oval, wooden frames and, if you come that early, you can see demonstrations before you visit the galleries on the second floor.
If you can’t make the opening reception, the show will remain open until the closing reception on Saturday, June 4 (times TBA). Please check the Mill’s website for their opening hours when you can view the exhibit.
A few months ago, I sat down with Nancy McKeithen, Editor and Publisher of Fluent Magazine. Nancy interviewed me about a variety of photography-related topics – everything from my background, what I like to photograph, my frame of mind when I do, and gear that I use.
I just sold a framed print of Baobab Tree at Sunset: 12 x 18 inches plus matte and frame. When someone buys a print, I always enjoy telling them the story behind the photo.
One of my favorite photo locations on Montmartre in Paris is here where many streets meet and there’s always great people watching. I find cafe life in Paris an endless source of photo subjects.
[ This post was originally posted to Hunt’s Photo and Video’s blog on June 13, 2014. They have kindly agreed to let me cross-post it here. – Dave ]
When I lead one of my photo safaris to Tanzania, I’m used to taking a lot of heavy gear. By the time I put more than one DSLR in my bag along with several big lenses, it’s common to take over 30 pounds of it. Because of this, I’m always on the lookout for ways to reduce baggage size and weight.
I’ve been following the development of Fujifilm’s X system because of its reputation for being small and light but with high image quality. When I had the chance to travel again to France a few weeks ago, I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to leave the big gear behind and try using the Fuji system for street photography.
A teaser from the week I just spent in France. I am going through all of the photographs I made in France last week and choosing which ones to spend more time on. This one caught my eye so I made some quick preliminary edits before sharing.
This was shot using Fujifilm’s new X-T1 camera and this was my first trip with it to see how well it works. While not perfect, it is excellent and worked out very well. I hope to blog more about it soon.