Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far


“Unfolding Hills” – Copyright Anne M. Freeman


This week’s photo challenge brings us Near and Far, a challenge to find a photo that includes both perspectives in one shot.

I took this photo standing up through the open roof of our safari vehicle, holding on with one hand and trying – not quite successfully – to keep my camera stable enough to capture this intriguing scene unfolding before me.  what you see in the lower left corner is the edge of the jeep roof.  I call this photo, “Unfolding Hills.”    Part of its appeal to me are the soft colors of the landscape – similar to but not quite the same as the colors I see here in the U.S.  And, look how blue the hills appear further out.  The tiny dark speck in the middle distance – to give you a sense of the distance – is a huge old bull buffalo.  The scene is barren of other large animals, but I can assure you that the long grasses conceal plenty of wildlife.

An aspect of a safari that makes it so unlike anything else I’ve done in my life is the excited anticipation of what lays around and over the hill … “the bear went over the mountain to see what he could see” (for those of you who recall that old children’s song).  What delicious anticipation!  We lived on a steady diet of low-level adrenaline, punctuated by sharp spurts when discovering a new animal for the first time!  It was magic.

I yearn to return to that beautiful place, which is the Ngorongoro caldera in Tanzania, which we drove through on our way to the Serengeti.  I hope that each of you who hopes to go on safari will have your hope fulfilled!



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4 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

  1. The bear went over the mountain!!! Now THAT brings back memories. Great shot. The jeep looked like a boat to me and I couldn’t figure out what you were doing with a boat out there. Duh and now I get it. 🙂

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