Sunday, June 08, 2008

Swiftly Flow the Days

Today, in lieu of a proper blog I have decided to simply share some amazing photos of the Mara at different times of the day.

The Masai Mara is literally a palette of colours swirling everywhere around you. The plains start in shades of greens, yellows, and oranges and then give way to soft browns and reds. The mountains in the distance seem to echo the phrase from an American classic “purple mountain majesty.”

The state of Montana in the US likes to call itself “big sky country” but it is clear that whoever came up with that moniker has never been to the Mara. The sky literally goes on forever. When you first look out onto the savannah you see the greens and yellows and browns of the grassy plains but then suddenly they meet an awesome streak of blue that literally cuts the horizon in half and separates the earth from the heavens.

The best time of day to enjoy the riotous colours is right at sunset. Suddenly the achingly blue-sky turns into six or seven different shades of blue each more lush than the next. The bright yellow sun casts an orange shadow across the plains as it disappears behind the mountains.

We certainly were not the only people to be caught taking dozens of sunset photos. Depending upon where you stood, the same sunset looked different and cast different shades intense colour on the Mara. For two people who have lived sunset-free in Nairobi for the last two years the sight was a truly amazing gift.


Anonymous said...

Love the sunset sequence!

only a movie said...

Wow. Gorgeous gorgeous words and images.

Pseudo said...

Loved, loved, loved this. Stunning photos and the narrativ emade me feel like I was there.

Thanks for linking, I love traveling to your part of the world.