ARCHIVE KENYA 64 – PREDATOR

 

 

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Gecko with moth, Tsavo West National Park; Dec 1977.

Geckos are common in Kenya, and often seen on the walls and ceilings of dwellings.  In my earlier years in Kenya – soon after this photo was taken – I lived in a downstairs flat that had no phone or TV and it was utter bliss! 

Sunset is always around 6pm or so on the equator, and I passed many quiet evenings reading.  My living room was home to at least two of these small lizards, and I shall never forget relaxing in my armchair, listening to them calling to each other, back and fore across the room – to call the scene peaceful would be vast understatement!

The one shown above is on the interior wall of a small hut in Tsavo’s dry bush country – a place teeming with insects and so absolute heaven for these little predators. Having them around was not only interesting, but they helped control the insect population in the home too.

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Technique: OM-2 with 75-150 Zuiko lens and TTL flash; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO.

THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.

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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 64 – PREDATOR

  1. krikitarts says:

    It’s looking positively smug with its yummy morsel.

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Very cool, Adrian. I love those fat footpads. This one’s looking happy.

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  3. What an adorable creature but yikes! A little aggressive. 😂 I enjoy hearing about your life back then. Ah to do it all over again, I would have seen the world. 😉
    ❤️ XXXATPXXX ❤️

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  4. The first time I saw a gecko in Kenya climbing up the wall I was quite suprised. But when I was told about all the things they eat like insects and spiders, I was very happy to see them.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, they are harmless and beneficial, and I very much enjoyed having them around – although when my mother came out from the UK for a holiday, she was horrified! 🙂

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