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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