Africa

Memories of Africa, A Year Later

A year ago we went on the adventure of a lifetime.  I know that for a couple whose goal in life is to travel the world, the adventure of a lifetime, title is a little much.  But this time last year we journeyed to Tanzania for our photo safari and are still amazed when we […]

A Change in Perspective

The other day my job as a photojournalist took me to the National Zoo. I always look forward to the days when the hum-drum stories of fire and death are interrupted by a morning spent doing anything else. We were there for the introduction of two new tiger cubs, so the cute factor was very […]

The Cost of Our African Safari

We knew our safari in Tanzania would be a trip of a lifetime, and it was. We also knew it would cost us a lot more than our typical getaway, and it did. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat. That said, we thought others who share our […]

Meeting the Maasai

A red carpet welcome, Maasai style, awaited us when we visited a small village about halfway between the Olduvi Gorge, the location of our earliest anthropological evidence of our human species, and the Serengeti. I was afraid that the village would be like a showcase, since we were told that the village is regularly visited […]

Faces Worthy of More than a Mother’s Love

When we took off for our Tanzanian safari I was looking forward to seeing (and getting pictures of ) giraffes’ eyelashes and lions’ big, gold eyes. We got those shots (and many other amazing images): But there were other images (and experiences) we had no idea we’d encounter. For example, we had no idea how […]

Tented Truth

When you go on safari the second question people ask (after “what animals did you see?”) is “where did you stay?” When you reply that your trip was a tented safari you watch their eyes get wide and prepare for the third question, “like, on the ground?” I have to say it’s at this point […]

Accurate Africa, from Disney’s The Lion King

I can’t honestly say “everything I learned about Africa I learned from Disney’s The Lion King“, but our trip to Tanzania last month revealed at least four key things the movie taught me about the area and its people. I had no idea any of these points were based in fact, but in retrospect I’m […]