Thanks to Goal0 we were able to get all our
batteries charged for the upcoming week.
The key of adventure travel is ingenuity, Jesse puts my tripod to good
The night starts off calm
enough, but clouds form as the last rays of light fade from the sky.
Hours later thunder claps and the downpour begins. This must be the
most violent thunder storm I've slept in. Kind of slept, it's too warm
to be in anything and I can feel the rain pound the outside of my bivy.
Towards morning the precipitation lightens up and a brief bit of rest
is possible before sunrise. I get up at first light to dry out and
enjoy the sunrise.
This image almost works. I like the bend in the tree but it's just too
busy to be truly striking.
The crew shows up late in
the morning and we all walk down to take a look at the name sake of the
area; Murchison Falls. It's a gigantic cascade with an absurd amount of
volume split into two channels. There had been talk of scouting the
right side, and possibly portaging down the island.
I was ok with them
portaging down the island. It would make an incredible shot. Plus it's
funny to note how many published images of kayaking come from people
standing around waterfalls that have never been run. Maybe it was my
turn to make some coin on this strange phenomenon?
I am sure you can see it right here, a kayaker on the grassy knoll....
Despite a fair amount of posturing,
everyone decides that making an
unnecessary portage down the island into croc and hippo infested waters
probably isn't the best idea.
I've never seen anything surge like this channel, the water will rise
and fall thirty feet every few seconds.
Quite a sight from above too, this Murchison Falls.
Well there isn't much else to do here at Murchison Falls, so we head to
the Red Chili hostel for the evening.
Lawn mowing services at Red Chili
The next day will be our
first "rest day" of the trip. At least that's what it said on the
pre-trip itinerary. I had to laugh though, because the rest day also
involved a morning safari and eight hour drive towards the Mountains of
the Moon. We rise in the dark to catch the early ferry across the Nile
to a game reserve on the other shore. I'd always wanted the opportunity
to take images of the wildlife in Africa. Of course a few exotics are standard equipment for the job with
something like the 400mm
f/2.8 and a few teleconverters considered to be minimum. If you
know me, you know I don't operate on a large budget and won't be using
over $10,000 worth of equipment. Instead I was rolling with my $300
bargain quality 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF and a
$100 Tamron 1.4 teleconverter. Needless to say I was curious what kind
of results I'd get on our impromptu safari. Plus I'm really not sure
what to expect as I've never done anything like this.
Sunrise at the ferry.
Unfortunately the ferry is
late, and we don't get on until the sun is already up. The golden hour
is going to happen fast, and we start making the rounds to see what we
can see. Giraffes are one of, if not my favorite animal and I was only
too excited to see one in person.
It's nothing special as an image,
but that's one beautiful looking animal.
Sony NEX-5, Tamron 70-210 f/3.5 19AH @ 1/2000 f/4 ISO 400
All the stories of massive herds are true. It is something else to see