ARCHIVE 16 – MT KENYA (MONO)

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Mt Kenya, seen from the gate of Mt Kenya National Park; August 1978.

The dark highland forest surrounding the mountain has mist clouds. Above this forest is a great mass of slightly paler, hummocky country known as the Vertical Bog, a steep and muddy section. Further up again, are bare rock, ice and snow.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted into mono with Alien Skin’s Exposure 2.
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KENYA 51 – KILIMANJARO 2 (MONO)

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Mt Kilimanjaro, seen from Kenya’s Amboseli Game Reserve; July 1978.

There is another Kilimanjaro image here .

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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KENYA 48 – KILIMANJARO

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Sunrise touching Mt Kilimanjaro: the view from Amboseli Game Reserve in southwest Kenya; Nov 1977.

This is Africa’s highest mountain and snow can be seen around the top, but both the snow and the glaciers there may be gone within a few decades – they are all melting fast.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT 18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.
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OMAN 4 – GEOLOGY IN THE OMAN MOUNTAINS (MONO)

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Geological research in the mountains of Oman; mid-1970s.

To say that this area is rugged is vast understatement.  But, as the song goes, “we were much younger then”, and we had excellent Land Rovers to transport us into remote places – this very rigorous off road driving stood me in good stead when, a few years later, I was in Kenya.

But I look at this picture now and wonder what on earth would have happened if we’d had an accident or some other disaster – how we would have notified the outside world, or been extricated from these wilds, doesn’t bear thinking about.

As part of our preparation for this work, we all had to learn to administer, to others and to ourselves, intravenous injections of serum in case of snake bites or scorpion stings – I can’t remember encountering any snakes, but scorpions were commonplace under stones and pebbles.  The great weak link in all of this medical preparation was me, for as soon as I saw the hypodemic needle probing about trying to find a vein, my head started to feel like it was bursting – and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the floor, looking up at a ring of people laughing down at me!

We never had any of these bites or stings – although I remember a hornet sting on my neck – but the scenario would have been all too predictable >>> whether one of my colleagues was stung, or I was alone and stung >>> out would come the needle and one british geologist would have been flat out on the ground – very likely killing whatever had stung him by collapsing on it!

Practica LTL with 50mm Tessar; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted into mono, and toned, in Silver Efex Pro 2.

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