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This Week At Angama #156

Week in and week out we aim, through this blog, to showcase the diversity of life found within the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Be it big or small, gripping or touching, it is our intention to share it all…
Like a massive wave, the morning fog envelops the Mara

The overarching theme for this blog entry is ‘Capturing Change.’ Through imagery, we hope to be able to portray how this landscape is in a constant state of flux. At face value you could easily be forgiven for thinking that life in the Mara moves slowly. A notion, I believe, that is created through the seemingly endless grassy plains, punctuated by the odd flat-topped tree. Often it can look like an ancient landscape where time stands still.

The pastel colours of early morning landscapes in the Mara

A more rigorous, closer inspection starts to show otherwise. Like our own bodies age, so the landscape grows. As the plants respond to rain and to sunshine an arms race of sorts is taking place as they try to develop ways to remain uneaten. Visit a place often enough, and you can almost hear it breathe. Change here happens daily in many increments; often right before your eyes.

Mara River Main Crossing, 28 April 2020
Mara River Main Crossing, 26 January 2021

As a photographer, each day presents new challenges and new opportunities. How you seize these movements and respond to them is portrayed in the images you take. Of course, not every week is filled with action and drama, but if you go out each day with a fresh mind and keep a creative spirit then you start to see the subtleties of stories within stories, of light dancing across the plains and extraordinary colours begging to be captured.

So much variety and abundance in the Maasai Mara throughout the year

So when I failed to include a picture of a lion this week, for only the second time in 156 weeks, I do not feel that it was a ‘lesser week.’ In fact, I think this week more than most allowed me to really explore the art of photography. It forced me to embrace the diversity and abundance that makes the Mara so alluring. As the verdant green grasses slowly start to dry out the landscape will turn gold. And after gold comes fire. And after fire comes new life.

Maasai dancers perform at sunset
Experimenting with light and shutter speed

It is impossible to visit the Maasai Mara once and say that you have seen it all. I have been here for over three years now and I still discover new things every day. 80,000 photographs later and I still have a list as long as my arm of images I still want to take, of moments I still want to experience, and of memories I want to relive again.

This Week Two Years Ago

Two years ago we were having incredible sightings of cheetahs across the Triangle. None more so than this particular female as she moved from termite mound to termite mound in search of prey.

Note from the Editor

Plenty of lion were seen this week; in fact two different prides were seen killing warthogs by Angama guests. Unfortunately for Adam he was not in the right place at the right time.

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Elephant , Landscapes , Mara Landscapes , Mara Triangle , Photographic Safari , Safari Photography

About: Adam Bannister

A South African-trained biologist, safari guide, author, filmmaker and photographer, Adam is, above all else, a gifted storyteller. After spending the past 10 years working in some of the world’s most beautiful wild places – the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Rajasthan in India, Brazil’s Pantanal, and the rainforests of Manu National Park in Peru – he is delighted to share his stories of one of the loveliest game reserves of them all, the Maasai Mara.

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