Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun (“Serengeti CrossRoads”)
This view is a classic Serengeti view: flat, Acacia trees, packed dirt tracks, mud on the windshield, and sun. Although the Serengeti is very near the equator, it ranges from 3,000 to 6,070 ft high, so it is not nearly as hot as lowland areas near the equator. I had to remember to wear my hat, even when the weather was cool, to prevent from burning. I took this photo sitting shotgun in one of the jeeps during our safari in the Serengeti. They drive the opposite of us, like in England. Tanzania was once a British colony.
Since my safari, I’ve read several books about life in East Africa, especially adventure stories of early settlers. The books help me to relive the magic. Just writing about it brings up a yearning to return. East Africa is like that – it grabs you somewhere primitive and never lets go.
Somewhere among those Acacia trees might be giraffe (see photo of giraffe below), a leopard (click link to see one of my photos) digesting its meal on a branch in the Acacia tree, or lions (click link to see one of my photos) resting in the shade. You never know what you’re going to see in what appears to be a peaceful cluster of trees.
The roof of the jeep is open, like a big sun roof, and we stood up through the roof to take our photos of the animals. Often I would stand up and hold on while we were driving with the idea of searching for animals. What I really wanted to do was just to feel the sun and wind on my face …
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Thank you. It’s not “beautiful,” rather a travelogue. But, it does capture what it is like to ramble through the Serengeti.
Beautiful! One of the places to visit on my bucket list.
Do everything you can to make it happen. Thanks for the visit.
Hi Anne, thanks for commenting on my blog. I like the simplicity of this shot, the blue sky (which I haven’t seen for a long time) and the framing of the windscreen.
Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.
I love the grittiness of the windshield and how you framed the shot, the flare of sun light, and those umbrellas (trees) in the distance. Nice! And thanks for commenting on my blog.
Thank you! Glad you like the shot. It’s not an art shot, for sure, but a travel shot. Can’t wait to return.
I’ve always loved the acacia trees. It looks like you captured a hazy, lazy, summer, Serengeti day. Although, as youw write, you never know what wild animal might be ahead. By the way, have you seen the movie Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, or read the book?
Thanks, Kate. The anticipation of surprise and discovery is one of the highlights of a safari adventure. Always excitement. I hpe you have an opportunity to go, if you haven’t already. I’ve not read or seen the movie, but they are definitely on my list. Thanks for the referral.
Wide open country and an equatorial sun — vastly impressive, Anne.
Thank you for your kind comments, Touch2Touch. I had an incredible adventure there.
Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Polly.
Great photo. Definite realism. Let’s your reader feel that he’s right there with you.
Thanks, Sandra. I was hoping that would be the perception of this photo. Wasn’t sure how it would come across. Thanks for your comments.
I see Suitablefish and I have some of the same eye. I, too, love the gritty – I was going to say dirty – gritty sounds better – 🙂 windshield. Adds to the grounded feel of the image.
Thanks, HalfCNote. I was mentioning to Sandra Conner that I wasn’t sure how the photo would be perceived by folks, as it is not the typical landscape shot. So glad that folks get it. Thanks for commenting.
Very nice. Enjoyed your commentary, too.
Really nice. I liked this bright and sunny picture a lot. Thanks for sharing this picture with your words.
Thanks, Arindam, for coming by and commenting. ~Anne
nice shot, anne!
Thanks, Pinay. Glad you liked it. Thanks for coming by.
i hope you were not in your drivers seat 🙂
Hi Amar – no, I was in the passenger seat. Tanzania has the reverse of the US. They drive like the British do. So, I was in the left-hand seat and the driver was in the right-hand seat.
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this picture is so full of truth!
Brulionman: Thank you for seeing that and commenting.
south africa’s on my bucket list! 🙂 nice shot!
Make every effort to go! You won’t regret it. Thanks for coming by.
Wow I like this one
Thanks! I wish I were back there again.
I just realised there is a great scottish connection with Tanzania – at http://www.yestanzania.btck.co.uk/ – one of my sons is involved in this and hopes to visit in June. Maybe you will get some photos
I hope that your song has the chance to go on safari while he is in Tanzania. It is like no other adventure. Tanzania is a lovely country and, although poor, food is abundant and cheap, so you don’t see the terrible malnutrition of some other countries. I loved it there, although I was not anywhere near the capital or the cost. If he does, you must post some photos!
Nice! I’d love to travel Africa, it’s high on my list of places to go.
I tell everyone that they should make every effort to go to Africa. The animals, people and landscapes are marvelous. Like no other place. I can’t wait to return. Thanks for dropping by.
Anne, i felt the sun…yay!!!!
Have a great great week and i love all your photos!!!!
thanks, Magdalene. So glad you enjoyed this and my other photos. You made my day.
Lovely framed photo from a game spotting perspective. Well done Anne 🙂
Madman – thanks for your comment. I was hesitant at first to post this photo because it isn’t a “pretty” shot, but it does show one perspectice of a safari. Thanks for dropping by.
I grew up in that wonderful African sun – your shot brings back memories 🙂
Hi Bluebee – where did you grow up? My trip was in Tanzania. Lovely country. I can’t wait to return to Africa.
in Durban, South Africa 🙂
loved the way you framed the shot….thanks for the pingback!! 🙂
Thank you. A.M. You did a nice job!
Vintage-like I’d say – Iove your interpretation of this week’s challenge!
Your photo of yourself and a friend with the sunrays streaming over your heads was fantastic! Thanks for coming by.
very rustic – very africa
Thanks for dropping by, teedeevee. Much appreciated! Your “Together” photo is wonderful.