Category: skies

Andean Skies

Could the skies possibly get any more blue? I’m wondering about this as I have just returned from another part of the world where the skies took my breath away, and where I was awed and mesmerized by looking up.

I’m certain that the high altitude has something to do with the deep clear blues of Andean skies, but a blue sky on it’s own is just that, a gorgeous blue sky. What makes the blue skies of the Andes all the more interesting to photograph are the clouds that float through, changing shapes and transforming the scenery as they pass. Sometimes the clouds form dark ominous storm fronts, other times they dance through as puffy white “happy” clouds. Both are stunning against the backdrop of the Andes mountains and plateaus.

As a follow up to the popular post African Skies, I present here the Andean Skies, showcasing new images from my recent journey through Peru from Cusco to Puno aboard the Andean Explorer Train.

African Skies

Africa is a land where the skies stretch out endlessly in all directions, and the weather systems are as interesting to photograph as the landscape.

KENYA

Puffy white clouds dot the endless skies of the Maasai Mara, Kenya

A break in the clouds light the golden landscape of the Maasai Mara, Kenya

A rhino and an elephant seek shade under African skies of the Maasai Mara, Kenya

MOROCCO

Wispy clouds reach toward the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

NAMIBIA

Clear blue sky compliments red sand dune of Sussusvlei, Namibia

Pink skies welcome full moon rising over the Sussusvlei landscape, Namibia

SOUTH AFRICA

Stormy skies loom over windswept coast of Die Plaat, South Africa

TANZANIA

African rains approaching Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Tanzania

Setting sun slices through dark clouds to light Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Infinite blue sky reflects in infinity pool overlooking Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Rains sweeping across the parched dry Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Storm clouds gather as the sun sets over the Serengeti, Tanzania

There are several reasons for this post today.

1) Weather is the theme for #frifotos (founded by Epstein Travels) on twitter today, so I thought I’d share some of my contributions here on my blog for everyone else to enjoy.

2) This post is linked to two of my favorite travel photo blog-sharing groups – where you’ll find more links to travel photography themed blog posts.

Budget Travelers Sandbox’s Travel Photo Thursday
Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday

1) I’m getting in the spirit for my next travels, to Africa, this month! I’m so excited to be returning to my beloved Kenya and Tanzania, leading a photographic safari, and I wanted to re-visit these images before I return home with loads of new ones. Please stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing my adventures right here on the Mira Terra Travel Blog!

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