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.