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Rift Valley, Kenya – Mt. Longonot

I have now been working in Kenya for two weeks with Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Last weekend a colleague, Stijn Bex from Belgium and I took a day and climbed Mt. Longonot. This is a volcano in the great Rift Valley just north of Nairobi. I must say hiking/climbing in Africa is a bit different. In this area are giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hartebeast and leopards. However, we only saw some gazelle early in the morning. The other thing I learned is that those of Irish descent get easily sunburned when climbing just below the equator at almost 9,000 feet elevation, despite 50 spf sunscreen.

The first image is during our drive in the morning and I was praying the clouds would stay. The second is a 7-image panorama that I stitched together in photoshop that is of the volcano crater with Mt. Longonot at the back. The original completed file was ~ 200 mb. This is a low resolution image of it to facilitate quick web loading, otherwise it might take one over an hour to load it on a fast connection. The crater itself is a micro-ecosystem that has all kinds of wildlife that remain self-sustaining within it. We wanted to climb down in the crater, but it took most of the day to summit and then circumnavigate around the volcano rim. By the way, Tusker beer is the favored local drink, especially after a long uphill walk.

All images captured with: nikon d700, 50mm and 85mm lenses.

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  • January 24, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Dave Hart - Looks spectacular!!!

  • February 5, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Jessica Parks - Wow what beautiful pictures! Keep up the good work. We miss our wonderful doc here in the ville but were doing ok. Take care!

    Jessica, Michael, Eli and Laramie

  • February 11, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Jeffrey K. Edwards - Jessica & Dave – thanks so much for the kind comments and thoughts! Hope doing well in the States. I will try and provide updates intermittently, but work here is keeping me very busy at the moment and I am trying to learn a bit of Swahili…

    Asante sana ~ Jeff

  • February 19, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Parkinson Sniper - Hi, it’s been a long time since I didn’t clicked on your blog. What a shame, I missed many photos photos from all around the world. I’ll hopefully catch up and check all of them today.

    I hope everything is fine for you and your family. I won’t comment the photos today. It’s like a letter from a friend :) you can delete it if you find it irrelevant.

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi :)

    Best regards

    PS

  • February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    admin - Efe – thanks so much for stopping by, all the way from Istanbul! Life has been busy like you, less time to practice photography, but more time to do some good in this world. Please keep in touch. If I happen to be on your side of the Mediterranean, I will be sure to let know – I still owe you dinner my friend! Cheers ~ jeff

  • February 25, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    admin - Jessica – hope all is going well for you, your family and work in the Ville! Tell everyone a big hello from Africa, all the best!

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