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Savannah grassland with scattered Acacia thorn bushes in the south of the Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya; April 1979.

The small thorn bushes in the foreground are probably Whistling Thorns.  These bushes have swollen, hollow bases to some of their thorns, in which live symbiotic ants.  The ants make holes in the swollen thorns to get in and out, and the wind blowing through these holes produces a whistling sound that gives the plant its name.

There is some thicker and darker bush just right of centre, along a small and probably seasonal watercourse.

This picture was taken in southern Mara, in extreme southwestern Kenya, and the distant hills are in Tanzania’s Serengeti Reserve.

Use of a polarising filter has greatly increased the definition of the clouds but caused the few patches of visible sky to be an unnaturally dark blue.  I loved using the Olympus OM-1 SLR.  It was light and compact, as were its Zuiko lenses, and the three that I always carried with me – 28mm f3.5, 50mm f1.4 and 75mm-150mm f4 – all used screw in filters of the same diameter – a wonderfully handy, compact and lightweight arrangement!

OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko; polarising filter; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.


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. wow I like this!! Wish I could travel there!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Absolutely beautiful country – I miss it very much! 😦

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Good advice, my friend, but I have a feeling that I’ll never leave England (maybe I mean southern Britain, incl perhaps Wales) again. My geographical range is voluntarily contracting and I’m quite content about that. I’ve travelled quite a bit and lived overseas too, but I like it here, I’m at home in the broad sense, and there are bits of “here” that I like being in. 🙂

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          • I wish I lived over there! although the west coast of Canada is gorgeous and wild. I’m so enamoured of the age and history of the Uk esp. Scotland where I have relatives- actually in Ireland too. I feel a real magic there!


            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Yes, age and history are certainly here in abundance, and Somerset is of course the land of my childhood – and I’m a geologist, I’ve been interested in the subject since I was a young boy, and so the rocks of my childhood add another aspect to things too, they can be like old friends. Interesting that you have Scottish roots – as a geologist, I worked on Skye, and I did my PhD in Ayrshire, near Ballantrae. And I’ve been to the Orkneys, Shetlands and Western Isles – absolutely wonderful places! 🙂

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