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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Traditional Warrior Dance

Sunday, March 19, 2017

For tonight's sundowner we were treated to a traditional warrior dance.  This dance is done during special ceremonies such as a wedding for the warriors to find a mate.  I'm not sure how serious it is, I was told it was something like the bride catching the bouquet...just because she catches it it doesn't mean she's necessarily gonna be the next one married.  It was quite entertaining, but a nightmare for me to shoot.  Super bright light and their backs were constantly against the sun, which means harsh shadows on their faces.  Ugh.  Oh, did  I tell you I broke my flash?  Yup.  On the first game drive.  It fell off my camera, three feet on to the rocky pavement.  No flash for me tonight.  Fun.

Oh in case you were wondering, today was kind of a rest day for us.  After the village we had the whole day to relax and enjoy the lodge.  It was a much needed break.  I think everyone was a bit tired and still jetlagged.

To get to the dance we walked about 15 minutes down the riverbed to the staging area.  
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The warriors wasted no time getting into their groove
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This is Laurie.  She was also staying at Sasaab with her boyfriend Mark Boyd.  He's a conservationist with the Safari Collection and also does a lot of work with the community.  You can listen to an interview here.  It's quite interesting
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The girls anxiously line up
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After the girls get comfortable they join in with the warriors
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Once the sun goes down they build a fire and the party continues!
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Monday, March 27, 2017

The People of Samburu Village

Sunday, March 19, 2017

There are two villages near the lodge, one of them is Samburu Village.  We were fortunate to be able to visit them and learn about their lifestyle.  They seem very happy and friendly, realizing that you don't need money to be happy.  They live VERY simple lives and although they are very poor they are able to raise successful families and warriors.

They wear vibrant colors, which in the morning light made my job very easy...
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This woman was stunning!
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This is Robin Moore.  He's the professional photographer that lead this tour.  He's awesome.  You should check him out here.  He was extremely patient with me...I had lots and lots of questions, and he also gave me some helpful post processing tips that saves me a lot of time!!
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They taught Susie how to milk a goat.  Not me though, I was running around taking advantage of the beautiful lighting!
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I couldn't get enough of this guy too...
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When it was time to leave the kids ran over to say goodbye...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sundowner

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It was time for our sundowner.  Every night we have a sundowner where they serve us drinks and a little snack while we sit and enjoy the sunset.  Tonight we were taking a 45 minute stroll to Sundowner Rock.  Half of us rode camels while the others walked.  We were supposed to switch half way but that never happened.  My legs and butt were kind of sore after that...hahaha
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This is Josh.  Sorry, you can't see his face but he's a journalist from the UK on assignment.  Sheesh.  Tough job.  He was a crack up, an awesome addition to our group!
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This is the view when we got to the top.  Amazing.
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My pals Daniel and William
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Poor William.  He was so striking we kept taking pictures of him!
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Not a bad way to end the day...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Game Drive Part 2...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Before we stopped for breakfast we followed Nala for a little bit just to see where she was headed. She was found lying comfortably under the shade by the river.
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It's amazing how the humans don't faze them at all.  We got pretty darn close and she didn't even glance at us.
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After that adrenalin rush it was finally time for breakfast.
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We had Daniel McMuffins!
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Elephants were frolicking near the well in the river
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As we were driving away we noticed a family of lions crossing the riverbed, so we followed them
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They went to meet up with mommy...
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Further down the riverbed we ran into some baboons
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And the elephants came to join them
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It was time to go back and rest up for lunch and get ready for our sundowner at Sundown Rock.  Some sights along the way...
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Warthog (Pumbaa!)...check!
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Oh, and this was the view from our room by the way...
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I'm not sure if you've been paying attention but I've found all but the Somali Ostrich.  Unfortunately that's the only one the list that I can't check off.  But, luckily there were two walking around the riverbed right in front of Susie's and Evam's cottage and they snapped a really good picture of them! They got to see all seven!!  So lucky...