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 EnglandTanzania 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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50 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun (“Serengeti CrossRoads”)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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.


    • 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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    • 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!

    • 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.


    • 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.


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