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Puffins!

Puffins of Iceland in July – nesting in the cliffs


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© Diane Kelsay

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Join us for our Iceland Photography Adventure, and you will be amazed at the opportunities to get great action photos of puffins. And we’ll photograph waterfalls, glaciers, exciting landscapes, and other birds! Click here to see our adventure webpage!

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The Great Migration

In Tanzania in February/March, millions of Wildebeest migrate to have their babies.  They follow the rains to the Southern Serengeti to feast on special grasses, rich in nutrition.

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The predators are well aware of this and follow the migration.  The cheetah was awakened from a nap by wildebeest running by – food!

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This cheetah is hungry and has a hungry little one to feed.  I’ve seen 2 cheetahs take down a calf, but this one is going alone to get an adult!

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Defeated, time to look for something smaller.
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She leaves her little one behind for another chase and gets lucky.

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She carries the kill along while trying to reunite with the little one but can’t find the kitten.

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Unheard of for fear of losing it, she puts the kill down and calls and calls while searching.  Finally reunited, they look for a safe place to enjoy their meal.

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Looks good, time to eat.
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They take turns eating while the other one guards.
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We were all worried that the little one was lost.  It was stressful. They were miles apart from each other. We stood watch over the kill until they came back.  We all cheered when we saw them.

Link to our Tanzania Photography Safari, timed to intersect with the “birthing” of a million baby wildebeest and a host of predators!

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The Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta – a wealth of wildlife and scenery in waterways and savanna.

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Lesser Jacana
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Carmine Bee Eater
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Hornbill
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Bushbuck
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Serval, usually a rare find but promising here.
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Wild dog, also good chance to find here.
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Lion cub doing “cute Kitty”
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Same lion cub practicing “fierce”
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The cubs at play
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Daddy’s paw
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Saddleback stork fishing
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Leopard at twilight
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Link to our Botswana Photography Safari

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The Chobe River and Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Chobe River is a special place for nature photographers and nature lovers.  One side of the river is Botswana, the other side, Namibia. Beautiful birds are nesting along the both shorelines.

Malachite Kingfisher
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Malachite Kingfisher
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White Fronted Bee Eater
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Pied Kingfisher
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And the nest robbers go after the eggs.

Water Monitor Lizard
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The Southern Red Bishop searches the reeds for building materials.

Southern Red Bishop
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He builds several nests for his home show and invites the female for a look.

Inspection of the nest.
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Elephants love the water, where they drink, eat, cool off and play.

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Riverbank mud bath.
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And sometimes their life ends in the river.  Dozens of Nile Crocodiles feasted on this elephant for a day – and then for some reason, moved it about a half mile upstream during the night, and then cleaned up what remained.

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© Diane Kelsay

And of course, the mighty Fish Eagle.  Sometimes the call is the first sound of the morning.

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Along the riverside, lions like to roam in and out of the trees, along the sandbars…

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The roar was the loudest we ever heard.  
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Clearly she was busy grooming and didn’t want to respond.
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Looks like he is waiting for her.
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The river is loaded with hippos.  Lots of action!

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Hippo looking for trouble!
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It’s a beautiful river.
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Link to our Botswana Photography Safari

 

 

 

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Mom & Me

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It’s time to celebrate our moms.  They feed us, then teach us how to feed ourselves by grazing, browsing, fishing, hunting…   They protect us from predators and teach us how to get along in our environment.

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It’s really special to watch and photograph moms and their young.  Do take the time to study the behavior, not just catch a quick photo.  You will end up with many choices of great moments.

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N’Giresi Village, Tanzania

The local village of the Wa Arusha tribe are cousins of the Maasai, but unlike the Maasai, are a farming community. We offer a visit to this village as a pre-tour for our Tanzania Adventures.  This time, I went with Kristie and we had a great experience.  This is not a show, this is real village life.

We walked several miles through the village through banana and coffee plantations. These ladies walked uphill about 3 miles from the market with heavy loads on their heads.  And we were tired from carrying our camera bags?
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We visited a traditional healer and she showed us her collection of medicinal plants. It was very dark, only an open door. I asked her to hold up the pretty plant into the light and caught some light on her face too.

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The healer’s house with a pile of cornhusks.
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Drying the corn.
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Lunchtime for the goats.
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We asked for a demonstration of how to process the coffee beans (the coffee they served us was amazing)

Shelling coffee beans.
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Tossing the beans into the air for the shells to fly off. The shells are light skins and she assists by blowing them as she tosses.
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Then they are dropped into the roaster. She stirred them over the fire until roasted just perfectly. We could see why this coffee was so great. Everything is done on the farm.
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Many people like to search for the chameleon while walking down this road. 
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It was Saturday but some of the village children were in school.  Others were not. I’m not sure how the system works.  When we approached the doorway, the noisy kids milling about all went to their seats and looked like model students.

Listening intently to the teacher. Then they sang us a song.
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Kristie really loved the children. See her quote below.
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“These kiddos stole my heart from the very first.  How I wish I could be in Tanzania today.  Something in my soul is telling me to get back there as quickly as I can. I miss the people, the animals, the landscapes and the rhythm of life”. She posted this on facebook and I asked permission to copy it here.  Kristie is right on with everything she said.  We have many friends in Tanzania and look forward to every visit. When I go back to this village, I will bring a print for the healer.  She was amazed to see her photo on the back of the camera.  I’ve emailed the guide so he can show her but they love getting prints. Everyone appreciates our visits and the few dollars we bring to the community.

Consider joining us on a Tanzania adventure in the future and we will introduce you to the people, the animals, the landscape.

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It’s Spring – A Challenge

Tired of being inside?  It’s spring outside! We are usually gone during spring, so we are making the most of our lockdown with daily walks and finding lots of new life to photograph around our place.

View from the deck. I took my time moving around and arranging the greens and lavender.  In the past I’ve been in a hurry and just took documentary shots.
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Same tree, cardinals frequent.  NOT an easy shot.  I had to open the door to the deck and hide inside.  There were many misses – out of focus, branch in front of his face, oops he flew away (they are fast).

Cardinal in the redbud tree.
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Flight abstract. Things you can make with “misses”
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The bees are working hard! Yay, honey!
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I enjoyed sitting by the stream, lush green mosses everywhere.
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Daffodils are up.
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More abstract opportunities.
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New growth poking through last year’s dead stuff. 
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I hope you will go outside and find things.  Even if you have a small yard or apartment common space, there are insects, new growth, blossoms, birds, even reflections in rain puddles and drops on leaves.  Have fun creating and take good care of yourself.  Post your photos on facebook, send them to me at diane@naturephotographyadventures.com.

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Textures All Around Us

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My first trip outside with the camera was on an overcast day to photograph the texture of the River Birch tree.

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Watching closely from the kitchen window, I waited for the sun to come out and photographed it again.

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It’s important to observe how light changes texture, especially side light.

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Textures All Around Us

Textures

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It’s always easy to spot beautiful textures when we travel.

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Why? Because we are looking!

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© Diane Kelsay

At this time of hanging around our houses, we challenge you to go find some interesting textures.  They are everywhere and art can be created.  To stay healthy, we all know the rules now, but exercising the mind and body is an important part of staying healthy.  We will spend the next week finding some things to photograph around the house, our gardens and woods, and even some of the things we have brought home from far away places.  Watch for the next post to see the results.

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Spots!

I had so much fun cropping the feathers, that when I went to print some cat photos, I started looking hard at the differences in their spots.  Such gorgeous designs. I love cats!  Can’t get enough cat photos.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Some look sharper than others, has to do with the hairs. Can you name these 4 cats? Hint: an obvious one is missing, think of others.  Send me an email – diane@naturephotographyadventures.com with your IDs and if they are right, I’ll give you $100 off the next adventure you sign up for.

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