Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kenya : Rural Images

This is my last post on the images from Kenya. I was ready to post this a few days ago, but decided to wait till the deplorable and horrible nightmare that was happening in Nairobi to be over. Having been to Kenya just three months ago and enjoyed the hospitality of the people there, my heart goes out to them. Truly sad.

So I am presenting these images without much commentary. Most of these were shot from a moving car, as we traveled through the rural areas to go from one wildlife area to another.

Last but not the least, some images from a bead factory we visited in in the outskirts of Nairobi. This factory employs mostly single mothers who make all the beads and related clay items, by hand.

 Previously :
Maasai Mara : Zebras and Wildebeest
Maasai Mara : Buffalo And Antelopes
Maasai Mara : Elephants And Monkey
Kenya : Giraffe, Hippo, Crocs and "Hakuna Matata"  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Kenya : Plants

Every place has unique flora and fauna. But when we mention Kenya, it's always the fauna that comes to our mind. Hardly anyone would think about the flora. I have tried to photograph some interesting plants, but I will be honest. Taking pictures of plants and flowers was not on my mind. I was focused on taking snaps of the abundant wildlife. Still once in a while something would catch my eye, and here it is.

You can click on any photo to start a slideshow.

The first tree that comes to mind at the mention of the the savannah is the iconic Acacia. They are everywhere.

Not just in the savannah.

But in the middle of farms as well.

Of course, Kenya is known for coffee. The beans on this are still not ripe yet.

Nothing but thorns!

Now some flowers. I do not know their names, sorry. If you know, please send a note, and I will update the post.
The next one is a very big flower.

The next one is one of the most common flowers. We saw it everywhere.

The purple flower shoots are coming up through a cactus.

The next one is also coming up through some cactus and thorny branches.

A shower of flowers !

The next is of course leaves arranged like a flower.

A pleasant surprise for me was the variety of cacti. I never thought I would be seeing so many different cacti. I love the cacti and succulents. Together as a species, they exhibit an amazing diversity of symmetries and geometry. I do not know names of most of them.

The first cactus is "candelabra spurge". It is really huge.

The resort at Lake Naivasha has a thicket of these with a paved pathway through these giants. The first one has a vine of purple flowers climbing on this cactus.

Now some cacti with flowers.

The most interesting plant for me was "golden showers". It has beautiful flowers, and the vine just spreads.

It can also climb a tall tree, and then you can see why it was named this way!

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