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December 2010 "38th Frame Revisited"
Elephants & Mt. Kilimanjaro
Elephants Grazing, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Another example of the 38th Frame (non-standard sized film ends left over after slide mounting, often scratched and unusable), resurrected after extensive computer work.

Oblivious of the spetacular backdrop, this herd of elephants in Amboseli National Park goes about the daily task of feeding. This scene is replayed daily, but only for several hours in the early morning, as increasing daytime temperatures quickly cause clouds to form around the 19,341 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro until the mountain is obscured. Amboseli is within an ancient lake bed with permanent water, along the border with Tanzania, in which Kilimanjaro is located.

Handheld Nikon F4 camera body and (most likely) Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 ED lens, on Fuji Provia 100 RDP-II film.

November 2010 "Rhino Farming"
White Rhinos
White Rhinos, Solio Game Reserve, Kenya

Facing extinction from poaching for their horns, rhinos in Kenya were first translocated to Game Reserves for their safety. But when the poachers started killing them within Reserves and Parks, they were concentrated even further in several National Parks and private reserves, with 24 hour guards. Once poaching was reduced to tolerable levels, Solio Game Ranch played an important role in restocking the National Parks in East Africa that had lost their rhinos to poaching or relocation. Currently over 74 Black Rhinos and 155 White Rhinos roam the 17,500 fenced acres, and their breeding program is still stocking other parks--one notable success story in a dismal history.

Canon 5D camera, EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens, exposure of 1/640 at f8, ISO 250, hand-held with image stabilation.

October 2010 "Business End"
Lion (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

This adult female lioness' yawn shows us the business end of the lion--the ferocious set of 30 teeth that helps keep the pride fed. The large canines are used to puncture and hold, while the carnassials shear the meat. Unlike grazers and browsers, carnivore jaws aren't capable of sideways movement, providing strength for cutting with a scissor-like action. Combined with innate intelligence and in cooridination with the other pride females, the lioness is a formidable predator. The males, on the other hand, are basically lazy and wait until the lionesses have made a kill which they then take over....

Canon 1D Mark II camera, EF 100-400mm f4.5L IS lens, exposure of 1/80 at f7.1, ISO 100, handheld with Image Stabilization.

September 2010 "Wet Kitty"
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Ears flat and with seriousness of purpose, this male cheetah is tolerating an afternoon downpour on the Serengeti Plains. Unlike his domestic counterparts, he doesn't have the option of ducking through the cat door and curling up on a fancy cat bed, and there isn't even a convenient tree to take shelter under.

Canon 5D camera, EF 500mm f4.5 lens, exposure of 1/320 at f5, ISO 200, on an Arca Swiss B-1 ballhead and Kirk window mount.

August 2010 "My, What Big Ears..."
Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis), Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Paraphrasing the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale: The comment "my, what big ears you have" might prompt the response "better to hear the predators sneaking up on me" from this hare. And he might add "to help regulate body temperature on those scorchingly hot sub-Saharan summer days". Typically nocturnal, but easily found feeding in early morning or late afternoon.

Canon 1D Mark II camera, EF 500mm f4.5 lens, exposure of 1/200 at f5.6, ISO 250, on an Arca Swiss B-1 ballhead and Kirk window mount.

July 2010 "Where It All Began"
Eagle River Cedars, Keweenaw County, Michigan

I ran across this old image while reorganizing slides (you remember those, don't you?)--my first published image, appearing in a 1975 issue of Minolta Mirror (a newsletter for Minolta camera owners). If I remember correctly, I received the grand sum of $75. After moving to Alaska I upgraded to Nikon equipment, and when I found that Canon cameras could autofocus faster than me, I switched to Canon in 1995.

Eagle River runs through an old copper mining district on its way to Lake Superior, and was a favored area to learn slow shutter techniques with running water. Back in the '70s this was a fairly secluded spot; now it is someone's living room view...

Minolta SRT-101 camera with 50mm Macro Rokkor lens, exposure of 1/4 second at f5.6, ASA 25 Kodachrome II film, on a Tiltall tripod.