A visit to the Karen Blixen Museum in the peaceful suburb, of Karen, in Nairobi, was well worth doing. Familiar with the book 'Out of Africa' and the film of the same name, the reality of Karen's colonial life was tangible. Her love affair with Africa was one of courage and eventually defeat. The following words are hers and speak of her feelings about Africa.
"If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?"
In the WS you can see Karen's home from the spacious back garden. This shot shows the view as one approaches the house from the drive.
Karen Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.
The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it become the farm house for their 4500 acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. Their marriage failed after eight years and in 1921 the Baron moved on and left the running of the farm to Karen. Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931. The house farm was bought by Remy Marin, who broke the land into 20 acre parcels for development. Subsequent development created the present suburb of Karen. Records indicate that a Lt. Col.G. Lloyd, an officer of the British Army bought the house in 1935 and lived there until his death in 1954, when it passed to his daughters, Mrs. G. Robersts and Lavender Llyod. A transfer of title to Mrs. J.P Robson and Mrs L.B. Hyde is in City Hall records in 1956. The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift.
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cornejo (25543) 2012-05-16 4:53
Hi Rosemary, two very good and nice views of this charming house with a nice and interesting story, excellent clarity, depth and color. Very good and lovely job well done, congratulations friend of mine. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Sergiom (50674) 2012-05-16 4:55
Je crois que ce film est un des plus beaux visuellement que j'ai pu voir avec le Patient Anglais. Ici, on reconnait bien la maison et le point de vue nous l'offre bien en diagonale en utilisant la belle lumière ambiante.
notrap (5304) 2012-05-16 6:52
oh, how this film moved me! From that point on I am a fan of Meryl Streep. Thanks for sharing this photo and writing an informative note.
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lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-05-16 7:28
A very informative text about this beautiful museum. The museum is nicely surrounded by palm and other tees creating a very peaceful atmosphere. The area is kept very clean. The architecture of the museum itself is very nice. Good colors, sharpness and light.
Nicou (111401) 2012-05-16 8:20
Mervielleus eiamge et compo sueprbe vue quel courbe de la terre rouge avec ces beaux arbre très haut la végétation les maisons quel bel ensembloe.
bravo et amitié
GREGG (7804) 2012-05-16 9:04
very pleasant to watch your photos,
structured and thought-photograph,
great attention to technical aspects,
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-05-16 13:52
The note explains so captivating the subject of the photo. Sharpness and depth are very good, Light and colors and are excellent. Ws good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
jjcordier (70605) 2012-05-16 23:29
Une note très intéressante pour présenter ce musée et tes deux photos la complètent très bien. On se retrouve effectivement en plein dans le film.
dkmurphys (44675) 2012-05-17 2:36
I like a lot those colonial buildings. A nice combination of European architecture for those picturesque natural places. Well composed, enjoy the day.
timecapturer (41882) 2012-05-17 3:32
such rich colours in this wonderfully inviting composition. It captures the atmosphere and the beauty of the place so perfectly. A glorious light which highlights everything so appealingly. Captivating!
Regards - Brian.
Royaldevon (24350) 2012-05-17 8:57
Your notes have rekindled my memories about 'Out of Africa'; a strong film with strong emotions.
Your photographs, particularly the w/s show how strong the light is, in your part of the world.
I love the pov with the quarter circle creating a gentle sweep to the verandahed museum. The vegetation, amazingly, seems to follow the curve of the path, growing taller in its eliptical route, taking in the building along the way.
Good, sharp exposure and a clever use of the thirds rule.
My warm regards,
Gerrit (43775) 2012-05-17 11:42
What a beautiful place and old house. The photo is verry appealing with the red sand and the darkgreen vergetation,
tyro (17256) 2012-05-18 8:05
A very interesting note and two lovely photographs to accompany it.
Both of your pictures are excellent but this one is perhaps the more artistic and appealing of the two. The composition is very pleasing and I love the way the tall trees tower above this fine house. The curvature of the road leads the eye nicely into the frame toward the house too.
Lovely vibrant colours, fine lighting and perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
jemaflor (77482) 2012-05-19 2:43
Well framed, good pov and effect with the curve of the road, I like the light and this warm color for the ground, tfs.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-05-21 13:29
Hello Rosemary, beautiful photo you've presented here and with stunning clarity and fine detail to color and light management. Your POV as always is so pleasing. Great Job!!
TFS.........Your Friend from California.....Buddy