Tag: South Africa

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!

Kid + Camera = Aquarium Fun!

Cape Town, South Africa boasts a great attraction for kids and cameras – the Two Oceans Aquarium located right at the Waterfront. For this week’s “Kids Around the World” post, once again, I feature my own kid as she follows in my footsteps…rather, I follow in hers!

My shot:

Her shot:

My Shot:

Her Shot:

She takes great video too!

Visit Delicious Baby for more interesting posts of travel, photography, and kids! And have a happy September!

Madikwe is for the dogs!


Wild Dogs, that is. Also known as African Hunting Dogs or Painted Dogs, these are elusive and beautiful canines, and are number one on my personal “Big Five” list for African wildlife photography.



Lucky is an understatement. Not only were they out, but they were out in the best hour of daylight. Not only were they out in the best hour of daylight, but they were active. Not only were they active, but they were actively hunting!

As luck would have it, a lone waterbuck wandered into their territory. Note the “deer in the headlights” stance.

As luck would have it, I managed to steady the video camera long enough to capture the scurry of excitement as they gathered the pack together to circle the buck.

As luck would have it, for the buck anyway, the rest of the pack were already finishing off their meal from last night’s kill, and with bellies full, they had little enthusiasm to join these few. After a feeble attempt to encircle the buck, the 4-5 dogs realized they were outsized by this buck, and allowed it to wander on through. But oh, the excitement to see and hear them ready for a hunt!

(Dedicated to Jambo, our own wild dog)

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