Photographer's Note

I’m back after a few weeks break. We went to Tanzania and Zanzibar and then I processed a selection of photos for my website before returning.

I’m starting with a photo of our balloon safari. We were up at 5:30am to be collected in jeeps and transported to the launch site. Two balloons fly every morning at 6:30am when the sun rises. Each balloon basket holds 16 people. We actually didn’t see many animals during the flight, except some gazelles, a hyena and a male lion stalking some giraffes just after taking off, but too far away for a photo. I wonder what the outcome of that was. It was, however, a memorable experience, especially when we saw the eruption of the volcano Oldoinyo Lengai. You can see the smoke on the horizon (left)

At 2879m Oldoinyo Lengai is in the East Africa Rift Valley in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. It is the only volcano still active in Tanzania and the only active carbonatite lava volcano in the world. It is sacred to the Maasai, the name meaning “Mountain of God”. There are treks to climb to the crater rim. Rather them than me! Edit Pat found this amazing website about the volcano. Thanks Pat.

The flight was for an hour, after which we drank champagne and had a cooked breakfast out in the bush served by waiters dressed traditionally. The green wellies spoilt the effect though. ;D

I should have changed the ISO and the aperture but the previous shot needed the high ISO and in my excitement I didn’t change it. I don’t think it detracts too much.

There is a complementary image in the WS

ISO 400, FL 300mm

I wasn't sure which region to place this in. According to the websites I checked most of the Serengeti is in the Mara region. That implies some of it is in a different region, but I can't find where the region borders are. This was around the Seronera area of the Serengeti so if I've got it wrong maybe one of you will let me know.

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