African Safari – October 26th – Lake Naivasha and “Elsamere”
After our morning drive around Lake Nakuru, we traveled back toward Nairobi and stopped at Lake Naivasha where we would be spending the afternoon and then staying overnight at “Elsamere”, the former home of Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free”. For further background information about this area see the previous blog entry: Lake Navaisha and “Elsamere”.
Once we had unpacked and had lunch, Graeme joined the rest of the group for a boat ride on Lake Navaisha and Ron spent his time wandering around the wooded trails of the Lake Navaisha property photographing everything from flowers, to snails, to locusts, to mushrooms. The primary Acacia tree in the area was the Yellow Fever Acacia.
Yellow Fever Acacia (Acacia Xanthophlea)
The underwing of this locust was the same colour as its eyes so very noticeable in flight but tough to find once it landed.
Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)
Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta rubricata)
Bird species not known
While this was happening, a nasty storm swept down into the valley. Ron got wet. Everyone else got wetter. Those on the boat ride had an exciting boat ride as the waves grew in stature but all survived the experience so that was good..
Meanwhile back at Elsamere, Ron enjoyed conversing with other guests as well as with three tour guides, one of whom was a part-time artist and the others represented an Australian company producing school textbooks for Kenyan schools. As darkness settled in, the soft pastel colours of the hillsides turned to golden hues.