ARCHIVE KENYA 1 – FLAMINGOS AT DAWN

 

ARCHIVE KENYA: A NEW CATEGORY ON THIS BLOG

Some have said that they like my pictures from Kenya (which are film images all over 30 years old now) and would like to see them more often, which is very good to hear.  Now, despite my best intentions, I tend to be quite forgetful about such things >>> and so what to do???   I think the best way to remind myself is to set up a Archive Kenya category on my blog, and then to work through all of the Kenyan photos that I have, one by one, in the order in which they were posted (which makes it considerably easier for me) >>> and so to this first post.  I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures again.  Some have been posted in the main Archive category fairly recently but many others have not seen the light of day for far longer.

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Dawn at Lake Nakuru, central Kenya; July 1978.

At around 6,000 feet above sea level, even this close to the equator, it was a cold dawn, and especially so for those of us who, living in Kenya, were becoming acclimatised to the place.  I had taken many pictures and was feeling the cold and sleepy, when suddenly this flamingo flock glided down over birds already in the water – and I just fired at them –  a very lucky, single snapshot with a 400mm telephoto.  I very much like the combination of the pale blues of the early morning light with the whites and pinks of the flamingos’ plumage.

The birds in the water are mainly Greater Flamingos, which are a little larger than the Lesser Flamingo, with less stridently pink plumage and paler bills.  A few Lesser Flamingos, very pink, are at the left hand end of the flock in the water.  The dark bills of the birds coming down to join those in the water identify them all as Lesser Flamingos.

Two dark Cormorants (the same species as in the UK) are flying right to left, low over the water, behind all the flamingos.

This is the first image in this new series, but as more are posted, click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these images from Kenya.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: hahaha! can’t remember! >>> except that the great hulk of a 400mm telephoto, which I still have, was made by Vivitar.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

8 Responses to ARCHIVE KENYA 1 – FLAMINGOS AT DAWN

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Beautiful! What a treasure it is to have this after all that time. (And the cormorant silhouettes are unmistakable).

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  2. krikitarts says:

    I’m excited about your new Kenya project. I know you have a wealth of images, memories, and stories to share, and I’m looking forward to learning more about this chapter in your history! This pastel flamingo study is marvelous.

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  3. An amazing sight to have witnessed, Adrian!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Very much so, Ellen, but not uncommon, there. I led clients on safaris for several years before I left Kenya; it was quite hard work, but greatly helped by the fact that, in Kenya, there were always numerous interesting / striking things to look at and talk about.

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  4. Flaming Goes. I am glad you’re doing this. Wow. Vivitar. Whatever happened to Vivitar? I had a 28-90 mm verifocal that was my go to walkaround lens for years.

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