African Safari – October 26th – Rise and Shine time in Lake Nakuru National Park
I woke up before dawn with the moon still high in the sky; flicked on the lights to find my gear; decided to take a quick room shot with Graeme still hidden behind the mosquito netting :-); and then out the door and down to the front of the lodge to see if I could get any pictures of the mist rising out of the valley.
I was surprised to find that one of our small group was already up and sitting there in the dark, looking out over the still dark valley. Brian had already done his morning exercises as the first light began to unveil the lake in the distance and the still lingered mist in the valley provided a a backdrop for the silhouettes of the flat-topped Acacia trees.
As we peered into the near darkness, Brian noticed some Rothschild Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) moving slowly up the hill. They were a long way off so I headed back to my room to get the heavier artillery – my 300mm with 1.7X extender and my tripod. They were still munching way at the top of the Acacias so I was able to set up on the tripod and use my remote release.
After this bit of morning excitement, I headed inside to get some breakfast and passed this sign.
In addition to posing for tourist pictures, this Masai fellow, dressed in the red colours commonly still worn by the local Masai, had the job of keeping the baboons away from the restaurant’s outdoor sitting area.