View westwards across the rift valley floor, with the dark hills of the Mau Escarpment, the rift’s western wall, in the far distance; June 1978.

Africa’s eastern margin is fragmenting and the Eastern Rift Valley, which runs through Kenya, is a product of this fragmentation.  The Mau Escarpment, seen in the distance, is the main African continent, which stretches from there westwards right across to the Atlantic coast.

The terrain between the camera and those far away hills is the floor of the rift valley, and all of this land has been created relatively recently by molten rock from within the Earth rising up to fill the fractures in the fragmenting continent.

When below ground, molten rock is known as magma.  Magma can be erupted out onto the Earth’s surface, when it is called lava – and lava is erupted through volcanoes.  There is an obvious volcano lower left in this scene, quite a small cone, and the undulating ground further away has many more.  The presence of hot springs and steam jets shows that there is still vast amounts of heat not far below the surface of the ground here – the volcanism here is not extinct, it is dormant and it might restart at any time.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    lovely Blue tones!!!


  2. krikitarts says:

    This looks not so much like a storm, but rather like an evolution. I greatly respect your ability to re-invoke these amazing experiences of yours. The vastness of the spaces in Africa must be quite difficult to capture (as they are in other parts of this vast world), and you’ve done a fine job here.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Gary, those are kind words!

      Vastnesses anywhere are difficult for the photographer. There is always the wideangle lens of course, often with some foreground interest to help promote “being there” and depth. And there’s also the telephoto, and something like this 150 can often do the job well – ie not overkill tele perspective – while being not too weighty to lug around.

      There’s often talk about our favourite lenses and/or the way we “see” photos. For most of my Kenya travels, the focal lengths I carried were 28, 50 and 75-150, and the vast majority of my pictures were at the two extremes – 28 and 150 – maybe I was always doing my damnedest to get away from “the normal human view”.

      Take care, my friend! Adrian


  3. Helen Cherry says:

    The word foreboding springs to mind.. I’ve posted a quite different storm 😉


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