Mackinder Valley, Mt Kenya, looking across to the peaks of Terreri and Sendeyo from the Kami Hut; Aug 1978.

This deep valley has the classical U-shaped cross-section that indicates that it was gouged out by a glacier flowing outwards from the Mt Kenya massif.  The Mt Kenya glaciers are now of very limited extent and, with the withdrawal of the ice, Mackinder Valley has been left precipitous and empty. 

The plants are Giant Groundsels, which are able to withstand the great ranges of temperature that occur on the East African mountains – I remember feeling quite comfortable in the sun, but instantly chilled in the shade.

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OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko; Afga 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. Meanderer says:

    What a great place – majestic.


  2. This shot is beautiful, Adrian. I was so taken by the giant groundsels I went looking for more pix. The one at the bottom reminds me of you – just not as good of course.
    xxx ATP. Hope the sniffer is improving.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gemma, thank you! And thanks too for the pictures of the groundsels – I especially like the second one down – these plants look so strange! The sniffer is doing well, thanks, still no infection tho I’m off the antibiotics now. But it remains terribly awkward in terms of general living – I can’t believe I’ve only been like this for 9 days, its seems a lifetime!

      Oh yes, New Joisey’s governor or mayor or something – Chris Christie??? – is over here and seeing the Prime Minister … should be a shock for both of them … “Hey Mac, you gotta light?” … “No, I’m afraid not, but I say, do have a cup of tea, old chap, won’t you? … chin-chin, what?” … 😀


  3. paula graham says:

    Another great view of this wonderful place..Love the shape of the mountains and the wonderful cacti are superb.


  4. Sallyann says:

    Not quite “my kinda valley” but still pretty none the less. 🙂


  5. SAN_jeet says:

    Look like these plants are thirsty

    Good photography


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sanjeet, thank you for your good words, I’m glad you like the picture. The picture is deceptive. Mt Kenya receives a lot of rain. The dead brown leaves that can be seen, for example, on the large plant at lower right in the photo, fall down around the stem and help protect the plant from Mt Kenya’s freezing night time temperatures. Adrian


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