Giraffe

An interesting animal, the giraffe. Exotic color and markings, obscenely tall (over 15') with spindly legs, surprisingly quick and agile, gentle demeanor, and a very particular eater. Its main food source is the thorny acacia tree, consuming 100 lbs of leaves and twigs per day. This photo was taken in the in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, … Continue reading Giraffe

Crater

Ngorongoro Crater A few gazillion years ago a volcano blew its top off. Given the size of the crater today, 11 miles across and 2,000' deep, the mountain was taller than Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free standing mountain and just a few miles away in Northern Tanzania. It is the most intact caldera in … Continue reading Crater

African Weaver

There are several varieties of beautiful birds in Tanzania, but the African Weaver was the easiest to photograph.  I found this guy in a tree next to the road as we descended into the Ngorongoro Crater. With the top of the safari truck popped up, I was almost at eye level with it. Technically, this is … Continue reading African Weaver

Wanderlust

The travel bug has bit me again; I'm leaving today for Tanzania.   Be gone 15 days. Most of the trip is a "Vision" trip with the Nebraskan Lutheran Synod, visiting schools, hospitals, orphanages and villages around Arusha (near Mount Kilamajaro), and staying with a host family for two nights.  The Synod has a few … Continue reading Wanderlust