The story of a rock kopje in the northern Serengeti, and daily life in the Serengeti's best new camp hidden within it.
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
For people who love photography, Macro photography is MUST to get into. There are photographic opportunities all around, you just have to train your eyes to find them.
Starting out can be difficult, but the best way to start is to grab your camera, head outside, and walk around. That’s it! Within meters you should be able to find something to photograph, even a fly on a leaf. The macro lens completely blurs out the background, allowing your subject to stand out. Having other elements in the photo can be quite nice, like the texture of this leaf.
Shooting with a macro lens, doesn’t necessarily mean you always have to photograph bugs; look for flowers, seeds and textures too.
I have found that if you don’t have a macro ring flash (I don’t), you need to have plenty of natural light, and the more you have, the better and easier it will be. I started photographing this Robber fly on F2.8 and found that the depth of field was so narrow, that only parts of him were in focus. I ended up capturing this image at f9, but had to bump my ISO up to compensate for the drop in light, and the end result, was far better than my first.
There are different focal length macro lenses, and each one has its selling point. I opted for the Canon 100mm f2.8. This focal length allows me to stand slightly further back than I would if I were using a 60mm, and for photographing snakes and spiders, you want that!
Next, look at the composition of your image and ask yourself, what do you have in the foreground and background that can help compose and frame your image. Here, I decided to shoot through some leaves, which frame both the top and bottom of the image. This gives your final image much more depth.
After that, it’s up to you to see what you can find and photograph. For me, photography is a way to learn about subjects I am not familiar with. Before this image was taken, I could not have named this insect, but since I photographed it and looked it up in an insect book, I can now proudly say that it is Dropwing Dragonfly.
Enjoy yourself and photograph as many small and curious wonders that you can find!
Thu, Jun 14, 2018
We have all had an amazing time at home during the long rains and everyone has had some much needed time with their families. We are all charged up and are all so excited to be back in camp for this upcoming season. Smiles all around, energy over flowing and the lodge is looking amazing!
(The first seven sunrises of the new season, with many more to come)
(Lamai main mess in beautiful morning light)
(A view that stretches into Kenya)
(Our family have returned to the office since we have started up normal bush hours)
(Mkombe’s House looking as beautiful as ever)
(A pool with a view, a what a nice one it is!)
Stay posted for more as the season unfolds!
Sat, Mar 17, 2018
Since we started managing Lamai at the beginning of January, we have had such a magical time. This beautiful area, tucked away in far north Serengeti, has so many wonders and amazing creatures that make this place home. From the incredible team we have in camp, making everything run smoothly, to the small little Agama lizards that scurry along the paths, everyone and everything, makes the experience at Lamai wonderful. We couldn’t have asked or hoped for a better start to our time at Lamai.
The season has finally come to an end, and we are in the process of slowly packing up camp. We have an exciting two months ahead of us, full of maintenance and some exciting new ideas for the season to come. Can’t wait to see how it all goes!
From everyone here at Lamai, we say goodbye for now, and we will be back in May to open again for the new season. We leave you with some of our highlights from the last two and a half months.
(Dinner with a view)
(Our resident Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama, Peter Parker)
(Early morning light)
(Natasha making friends with the Hyrax)
(Cheeky selfie with one of the little ones)
I could stay here forever!
(The view from the main area)
(A very full Mara river, and a very wet day in the north)
(This is the biggest stick insect I have ever seen!!!)
(Leopard passing through camp in the night)
(The Mongoose family that stops by the office every morning to say hello)
(These babies have taken on Natasha as their mother)
We will miss everyone greatly over the next few months and cant wait to see everyone again soon. All the best from us here at Lamai!
Sat, Mar 10, 2018
It was a lovely morning watching two Leopards eat in a tree, unfortunatey, the big male kept to himself in the dense branches, but the younger Leopard was much more active.
A few minutes spent by this small termite mound, before a few chunks of bones and meat fell from the tree that needed to be investigated.
After spending a few minutes munching on some scraps, this Leopard decided to climb back up the tree
It's amazing how effortlessly they make climbing look
One last leap
You can now see the leg of an Oribi hanging in the tree. It was here the Leopard dissapeared into the branches and continued eating.
Wed, Feb 28, 2018
This creature is the Mwanza flat-headed rock Agama and is one of the most beautiful lizards I have ever seen. The males are much more brightly colored than the females, and this plays a big role when mating. Due to its color, it has been nicknamed the Spiderman Agama, due to his resemblance to the comic book super hero. Even though they can be found on the international pet trade, they are of “least concern” and unlikely that any trade is impacting this species.
(Mwanza flat-headed rock Agama or Spiderman Agama)
(These lizards can run on their hind legs only if they need be)
(Agamas mainly eat insects although they will also eat grass seeds and berries too)
Males are very territorial and will do a number is displays to try ward off any rival males. If need be, males will fight and some may even lose their tails during the process. They hold a small territory in which a male may have up to six females within to mate with.
(females are much smaller and duller than the males)
(Juvenile male within the territory of an adult male)
The male photographed in this blog lives very close to our office and it’s such a pleasure to see him every day. Any ideas what name we can give him? We were thinking Peter Parker!
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