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Taita | Hellos and Goodbyes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Had a good one I hope? I always love the turn of a new year..it’s like smelling freshly cut grass, or being in the countryside (what urbanites here fondly refer to as Reserve or Ocha). The joy of saying goodbye to the past years triumphs, tribulations, opportunities and mistakes. Who doesn’t love a clean slate?!

On towards the post, this is a random post of pictures I took in Taita, the nucleus of my motherland. I proudly hail from there and I will be blatantly biased and declare we have arguably the most beautiful landscape (and women :)) in the land. I travelled down with family in not so good circumstances but all in all it was handy that I went with my camera.

Enough rambling, hope you enjoy the images.

The home away from home

The home away from home

The Taita, The better :)

The Taita, The better ūüôā

All ears..

All ears..

*Sigh* :'( :'(

*Sigh* ūüė• ūüė•

Say what?!

Say what?!

Game. Of. Throse :)

Game. Of. Throse ūüôā

And last but not least, an image I took from my phone – un-edited with no filter..

Wusi Primary welcoming the morning fog

Wusi Primary welcoming the morning fog

Taita, my beautiful motherland, I’ll be back!

-El Fin-

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Pain and Gain | The Olkaria Experience

How’dy good people!

Oh my it’s been¬†a minute, an eternity hasn’t it! Humble apologies for my erratic and very scattered posts. Let’s just blame it on life and move on shall we?

Now, as we celebrated Mashujaa Day I had the great fortune of being misled to do something I have thought of before, but never really put it to mind until yesterday. Accompanied by 4 other gentlemen, who are also my close buddies in work and life, we psyched ourselves to do something our 5 unfit bodies would later regret.

Hidden in Naivasha, lies a great spa. Kengen have taken the opportunity to begin, and still continue constructing what will be among the best (and probably biggest?) naturally heated spas. Harnessing the condensed steam emitted into the atmosphere ¬†by the natural geysers, the steam is then condensed and cooled into a pool – entering at a searing 300 degrees Celsius – before being channelled into the ¬†vast spa at much lower temperatures (30 – 35 degrees) The naturally heated pool is rich in minerals said to be beneficial for skin rehabilitation and cleansing purposes. For what it’s worth, it definitely is a must go to place, and you can read more about it here.

Back to these 5 unfit chaps who thought biking 28.something ¬†kilometres on torturous terrain was a sound idea. At the day’s end, the only oasis was the spa. The biking experience was very scenic but the murderous pain our backsides are nursing is a testament that prudence sometimes should rule over adrenaline. Or not. The rush, the pain, all led to a single gain.

And so I salute my 4 fellow brave yet in hind sight (no pun intended) not so bright, partners in crime. Let’s do this again amigos!! cc/ Tuja Kimori, Chris Mwenda, Dennis Karingithi and David Muraguri.

The rest as they say, is history. Enjoy the snippets of the trip.

 

Photo credits: Tuja Kimori, Shadrack Mwamburi

Soaring over the Great Rift Valley escarpment..

Soaring over the Great Rift Valley escarpment..

Setting off (for what we thought would be an easy ride)

Setting off (for what we thought would be an easy ride)

Still smiley and happy (unaware of what lay ahead..)

Still smiley and happy (unaware of what lay ahead..)

First gorge..(we thought the destination was near..)

First gorge..(we thought the destination was near..)

..Until we realized Paradise was miles off. Some wanted to turn back.

..Until we realized Paradise was miles off. Some wanted to turn back.

..But we persisted with a smile (even if some places hurt more than others)..

..But we persisted with a smile (even if some places hurt more than others)..

And we finally reached tarmac..albeit bruised and battered in places we shan't mention *ahem*

And we finally reached tarmac..albeit bruised and battered in places we shan’t mention *ahem*

..,and the unfit 5 were forced to take a break courtesy of the steep climb

..,and the unfit 5 were forced to take a break courtesy of the steep climb

Part of the gorges formed along the Ol Karia road..as we recovered :)

Part of the gorges formed along the Ol Karia road..as we recovered ūüôā

And we finally got there...and cooled off( actually warmed off) for quite a bit..

And we finally got there…and cooled off( actually warmed off) for quite a bit..

Club house_unfinished

The unfinished club house which will boast an eatery, changing rooms, showers, et al. And it was sadly time to leave. The ride back would be rough, unforgiving.

The first pool that acts as the intake of the super heated water..yep, you don't want to fall in there!

The first pool that acts as the intake of the super heated water..yep, you don’t want to fall in there!

~El Fin~


From Mara, with….

How’dy do folk!

Hope the start of the year has been kind to you all. Last week some report was published online about how¬†Nairobi¬†is the 2nd worst city in the world to reside in. That article started a major uproar on twitter with many ranting and raving on how inaccurate the report was. And I totally agree. Nairobi, in spite of it’s ups and downs, I believe is one of the best cities in the world to live in. From climate to food to it’s inhabitants; all warm. Not to mention we are the only city to have a National Park at it’s heart, boasting the Big Five.

It is in pursuit of this Big Five that I travelled to the Masai ¬†Mara in December. Now, I have never done wildlife¬†photography¬†before so be gentle on me, but needless to say, the views and wildlife were breathtaking. After 2 game -drives, one of which was full-day, I happily kicked up my feet at what I had seen. Ranging from the majestic pride of lions to schools of elephants to Topis, Gazelles, warthogs, cheetahs, vultures…it was a photography feast out there [sadly though I didn’t spot any Leopards or Black Rhinos].

Hopefully the following pictures will inspire more positive reports about Kenya and in the same breath, encourage each one of you to at least one day make a trip to the¬†Masai¬†Mara. It’s beauty is too lovely to pass off in this lifetime.

Enjoy.

Just grazing..

Grazing in Peace

mara2

Camouflaged. Almost.

who woke me?

“Who woke me?”

"hey baibee.."

“Not today hun”

Motherly Love

Motherly Love

Moving Mountains

Small and majestic

"yaaaaaawn!"

“Is it lunch time yet?”

"Gimme dat!"

Creating the legacy..

Alone

Alone.

Muratina Tree

Muratina Tree

Alone 2

Lone Tree.

We Are Family

We Are Family

we are family 2

..and we move in droves.

Big Momma feeding..

Big Momma feeding..

big momma1

Big Momma

Hidden like a stone..

Slow and steady..

I'm walking away..

“And we’re off!”

Still sleepy..

Still sleepy..

Sleeping King

Sleepy but peeking…

Looking for Rongai

“Going to Rongai. Ciao!”

vulture

I spy..

Chillin'..

Chillin’..

Purposeful poise..

“My better side, no?”

Tall order

A tall, tall, order.

Another tall order..

“You check there, I’ll check here.”

Getting a tan..

Getting a tan..

Head in the grass..

Head in the grass..

Marabou Storks scheming

Marabou Storks scheming

Cloudporn1

Cloudporn

Graceful

Graceful

~El Fin~


Magadi | In Pursuit Of A Sunset

How’dy do folklore!

It’s been ages up in here before I posted something so I beseech thee by the mercies that be to bear with me. It’s been a bit topsy-turvy on my end but I am glad to report that caressing my camera, the feel of it, has not become numb on me.

On to matters forward. Last week I had the¬†privilege¬†of being reunited with my fellow photographers frat – aptly dubbed OneTouch, because with single clicks of their shutters, beauty abounds. ¬†As old and new faces met, the¬†wolf-pack¬†(howl here if you’ve watched ‘The Hangover’) of 17 photographers met at an ungodly hour¬†at the first stop, the public viewpoint at Uhuru Park. Pleasantries were quickly traded as apparatus was quickly assembled, as anticipation of the glorious sunrise neared fever-pitch. And OH! What a glorious sunrise it was!

Next stop was Ngong’, at the Kengen Windmills Power Station. A great landscape unfolded before our eyes as we beheld the beauty of Nairobi. A few pictures and a chilly breeze up our spines later, hunger struck. Hell hath no fury than a woman...photo/videographer starved. 35 chapatis, 17 cups of tea/coffee ¬†and a happy cook later, smiles and a hint of normalcy resumed.

The entourage of 4 landrover defenders [ *ahem*, *cough* *cough* *splatter*?] soon departed Ngong’ town and snaked their way to our final destination, Magadi, with a pit stop at Kona Baridi. In between, our anxiety was sky high as we raced against time on a semblance of a road – incurring minor hiccups, as one landrover defender almost lost its brake pad, while another rammed into the side of a donkey and subsequently killing a bird, which was quickly packed and prepared for dinner by the perpetrator.

Nonetheless, it was a glorious sunset to behold and the following images, I hope, prove to be a testament of the #oneTouchlive roadtrip – Magadi edition.

Side Note: I was mainly shooting with an add-on Opteka 0.2x fish-eye lens to get the larger than life feel, which subsequently gives off the curvatures and skews (and a blurry vignette on the edges of the pics).

Enjoy.

Wolf-pack Credits (feat. 3 vixens) :

@dipwiz, @mwarv, @joemakeni, @jaydabliu, @truthslinger, @SteveKitots, @paulobuna, @profkatts, @sirnare, @Nyingez, @skubi, @kevjapicha, @AmungaTheGreat, @MemyKenya, @SunnyLikeNjeri, @NKatetei and lastly myself, @shaydest

Kindly follow these fine ladies and gents for a wider scope of #oneTouchlive travels, via their personal blogs/websites,  instagram feeds and twitter with the hash-tags to look out for being #oneTouchlive and #ShootingKenya

Thanks and God bless.

~El Fin~


My Favourite Martin

Wassup ya’ll!!!

Hope your Friday is poppin’ despite the somewhat gloomy weather here in the +254.

You know one of the hardest thing about blogging is coming up with a catchy header, you know, something to seize the reader’s attention almost immediately.

Well I’m no good in those but hey, I console myself in trying.

Recently I was back up the KICC rooftop (you must be thinking I get paid for that!) but on this occasion I was a quasi-tour guide for one of my favourite cousins, Martin. (Coming to think of it, I think he is the only cousin I have called Martin). He is visiting from NYC after a coupla years and since he loves touring and photography in equal measure, I suggested KICC’s rooftop. (It’s becoming a ritual almost – I confess)

So up we went and while I hadn’t really planned to shoot, I figured I might as well take him a coupla pics..plus make use of the fish eye lens I had.¬† And so I did. The wide angle lens was really handy, especially with the blurring out objects not in focus while adding that ‘bendy’ feel. Loved it.

Note: The title was actually a throwback moment to the programme ‘My Favourite Martian‘ which used to air in the early 90’s me thinks. Remember the chap who used to have an antennae stick out his head..?

Anywho, martin if you are reading this, this is for you cuz!

And lastly, the view we were treated to…

~El Fin~


Random Post| SUN_set

Ola amigos!

Another beautiful start to the week this is…(maybe it’s because I woke up before my alarm rang so I had time to switch it off and continue snoozing)

Anywho, this post is a bit ironic because I had planned to put it up on Friday but as is first becoming the trend, I got derailed..(hence I’m putting it up on a Monday morning!)

This post is simply about a random sunset.

What makes sunsets so special for me is not just the beauty of seeing the sun hide behind clouds, but the significance and symbolism it holds. It ushers in the night, a period of rest for all. A time to reflect, shut eyes, switch off and delve into the sub conscious.

Ok the above is me attempting to sound deep. [cue in applause]

The pics below were taken at a venue x that lies deep in the bowels of Nairobi, and it was pretty interesting because of how fast the sun was setting..’twas more of a hide and seek. So my finger was basically on the shutter like a sniper on crack..(ok fine, fill in your own analogy! sheesh!)

And from Taita (Mwatate)..

-El Fin-