You may think that riding a bike with four tiny school children on the back is crazy but actually a fifth would have fitted in front of the driver!Three adults on a "piki-piki" (a motorcycle-taxi) is normal standard here in Kenya for an experienced driver but with small children you see the whole thing differently. Actually it would be an easy task for the traffic police to stop this nonsense if they would do their job as supposed. Unfortunately corruption is deeply rooted in the... continue reading
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As you drive from Malindi on the Lamu road to Garisseni you arrive to Sabaki bridge. Very near to the bridge you find a huge Baobab, not the biggest you can see in the region for sure, but this one is special. During the fight for independence from the British colonial power the Mau Mau was the main armed organization in the war forUhuru, freedom.An old lady of the Giriama tribe called Mekatilili was a member of the organization andan outstanding personality for her bravery and persistence,... continue reading
..he climbed up the vertical palm tree as fast as an average monkey and he was even holding the bucket to collect the Mnasi palmwine.The female Coconut palmtree gives coconuts, nasi and the male gives palmwine, all together a most useful tree for the community!Once he had checked the harvest high above he came down as fast as he had climbed to the top. The reward was meager, hardly a coffecup of wine and a few drowned bees. He pured a little bit on my hand making sure he was not adding the insects.... continue reading
...the most surprising point however is the issue about the TRINITY!During my last trip to Kenya (one of many) I had the opportunity and the interest to dig a little bit deeper into the cultural and more specifically, the spiritual tradition of the Giriama tribe which is rather complex. The Giriamaare one of the nine groups which form the Mijikenda nation. On one hand they practice a certain type of ancestor cult. Those ancestors are represented by characteristic wooden... continue reading
The children of the Giriama tribe are supposed to make themselves responsible for various issues like taking care of the goats, of their younger brothers and sisters, fetching water and collecting firewood and even cooking the meals. As we walked along the Galana river in Kenya we found this small boy somehow bored, leaning against a palm tree and looking at us while the herd of goats he was supposed to have an eye upon was grazing a few meters away near the river bench.They take it as a natural thing... continue reading
In many cases in Kenya the ones who run the country are the women of the country.They take care of the children and the old people, work in the fields, sell at the markets, have the responsibility of the managment of the householdand so on and so on.. many work very hard doing whatever possible to pay the needs of their families.Meantime, in far too many occasions, their husbands or partners waste their hard-earned money drinking, gambling or with their latest girlfriend.. It´s nota joke... continue reading
As it happens when we are confronted with the face of a primate, we sometimes get a shocking impression of looking at somebody who is familiar to us. That happens because many apes share with us our most common feelings like fear, anger, happiness and joy among many others and, what is more important they are able to express this emotions on their face the same way we do.The recent sale of a portrait of a Tufted Capuchin Monkey from Peru gave me the idea of presenting some other close-ups of other... continue reading
On my last five trips to Kenya and visiting mainly the Tsavo West and East NP as well as Maasai Mara (one time) I always tried to stay away from the masses of tourists in their mini-busses.Actually most tourists want to see the so-called "big five" . Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion and Leopard. So, to have more intimacy and experience the beauty of the amazing landscapes you have to stay away from this animals, specially lions. It is normal to find one or more lions surrounded by dozens of mini-... continue reading
If you travel to Kenya you will be eager to see and photograph the "Big Five" as they call them, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion.Maasai Mara, The West and East Tsawo NP, Samburu and Amboseli are all very well known nature areas which offer refuge to the above mentioned species and to many more.There is another little nature park called Shimba Hills not too far from the coastal city of Mombasa which doesn't have all of the Big Five but which allows for a more "intimate" wildlife experience.... continue reading
Today I made a sale of a Warthog which is one of the funniest (the piglets) and toughest (mother with piglets) african animals you can imagine.This pic is by far not any of the better Warthog photos I made during several trips to Kenya but sometimes the buyer choses those images and he is supposed to know better what he wants and why he takes that decision. (I wish there was more communication between contributors and buyers)It is not the first time that I sell a picture which in my opinion... continue reading
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