ARCHIVE 236 – SAVANNAH GRASSLAND
June 18, 2016 7 Comments
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.