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Come With Me To the Maasai Mara

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January’s Maasai Mara Within The Frame has just been announced. I’ll link you to details in a moment.

2 years ago I went on my first Safari and it changed me in ways I never imagined, probably ways I’d have a hard time communicating. In part it was the life-long friends I hadn’t counted on meeting. In part it was the way my first elephant sighting took my breath away. It was the way I woke one morning to watch – breathless – as the sun rose into a full solar eclipse over Mt. Kenya. It was the people, the pace of life, the quality of light, the way every hair on your arm stands up when a male lion walks towards you without blinking. What I mean to say is, going back feels like home and I’m so, so excited to be there again this January.

That first Safari blew my mind, and enlarged my heart. We repeated it last year and instead of slipping into apathy over animals I’d already seen, my feelings grew. This year we’re doing it again. But it’s different. We’re traveling much less, which means more time to go out on game drives. Animals and light aren’t staged, you wait for them, look for them, go out after them day after day. Less travel means while the sun is high we have more one-on-one time for image critiques, portfolio reviews, informal teaching that meets you on your own level, and still have plenty of time for a swim at a pool that overlooks the savannah.

This safari is the one I’ve wanted to do for the last two years. We’ll spend time in villages, among the Maasai, and we’ll retire each night in tents, safe but close to the wilderness we travel so far to see. When I say tents, these are gorgeous accomodations. There are many ways to experience Africa, this is one of the most beautiful. I’ve stayed in lavish 5-stars and in stick huts, and if I had my choice, these beautiful Hemingway-style tents would be it.

Kenya will change you. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Kenya and see it close, at the pace needed by photographers, this trip gives you that, as well as more time than any of our previous adventures, to talk about photography and learn your craft.

More information about the Maasai Mara Within The Frame Adventure is available on the micro-site HERE. There is also an extension to the coast to stay on the island of Lamu after our time on the Mara is over, and if you’re feeling a particular need to see more of Africa, the adventure to Lalibela, Ethiopia over Orthodox Christmas still has two open spots . My partner in crime on this adventure, and all Within The Frame Photographic Adventures, is Jeffrey Chapman and we can’t wait to welcome the very small group that will be joining us for this time together.

Jun 18th

2011

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Buy The Tickets.

A door in Jodhpur, photographed on my first trip to India. Images from that trip benefited me more than the best lens I could have bought or the newest camera, never mind the experience and life-long memories themselves.   I ran across a great article this morning on the Adventure Journal. Simply the premise was, […]

May 18th

2011

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May 18 Update

My collection of screws and plates. Click the image for a closer look. This is just a quick update. I’m nearing 2 weeks post-up, and am nearing 4 weeks since the accident. The days are getting better, my mind is less foggy now that my pain meds have been significantly reduced, and each day contains […]