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For my next trick, I shall turn into a National Geographic photographer. [20100719|23:01]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm back in the UK. I have a bajillionety one photos to sort through and I kept a detailed journal of the trip, which I will mostly keep to myself to avoid boring everyone to death. Before I collapse into bed, I want to share one image from the Maasai Mara with you.

Lioness feeding


I took this at night from a jeep parked about 8 metres away. The thing in the grass next to her is a heavily mutilated wildebeest corpse. Not pictured: this lioness' four companions, who with her brought down the wildebeest seconds before we arrived at the scene. We watched them for an hour. It was and shall remain one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2010-07-19 22:49 (UTC)
Om nom nom nom
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:20 (UTC)
Tendons and bones and muscle, oh my!
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-07-19 23:31 (UTC)
Insanely jealous
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-07-20 00:35 (UTC)
Likewise, the nearest I've ever got to a big cat was a footprint of a lion in Zimbabwe.

It looks like you enjoyed yourself. :-)
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2010-07-20 00:14 (UTC)
Oh wow ... So wish to have seen this live myself!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:23 (UTC)
It was spectacular. I recommend trying to go on a night drive if you ever go on safari. They're not permitted on most parts of the Maasai Mara/Serengeti reservation, but there are areas outside it where you can.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-07-20 00:27 (UTC)
Glad you're back! Especially if you took a ton of photos like this!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:23 (UTC)
Thank you! I have a lot of photos like this. Won't spoil it by telling you which game animals they are yet.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-07-20 03:14 (UTC)
HOLY SHIT IT'S A LION (GET IN THE CAR ETC ETC).

Damn. That is cool. Damn.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:26 (UTC)
FIVE LIONS OMG

We were downwind of them and they were occupied, so although it was a chilling sight, I wasn't too scared. Until the wind changed direction and the last lioness to eat suddenly lifted her head and began sniffing pointedly in our direction. We left pretty quickly.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2010-07-20 03:39 (UTC)
HOLY FUCK you got that picture? DAMN girl. Please, can you be any more awesome?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:33 (UTC)
I still can't quite believe I got this lucky. It's unusual to be able to do a night drive in the area, and of course you can't ask for the animals to be in the right place at the right time for you to observe behaviour like this.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2010-07-20 13:19 (UTC)
Welcome back. Glad you are safe and please dont worry about boring us, I suspect I am not the only one who has been anticipating a varied travelogue.

Lovely photo though I suspect the expressions of Telstar and Sputnik will be more wild because of you abandoning them ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:29 (UTC)
Thank you. We phoned the bloke's parents after our return to find out how the boys were doing. It turns out they've been getting double rations of gooshy food. They have also learned how to kill rabbits, large rats and pheasants. Egads.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2010-07-20 15:26 (UTC)
!!!

Welcome home. Looking forward to photos.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-20 20:31 (UTC)
I know!!!1!!!!

Thank you. Me too, although with over 3000 to sort through I don't expect it will be a quick process.
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From: tdj
2010-07-20 20:55 (UTC)
How did they react to the presence of the jeep? Or were they blase about it?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-22 13:48 (UTC)
They were blase about the jeep right up until the point where the wind changed direction and they could smell us. The one lioness who was still eating suddenly put up her head and started sniffing in our direction. We took that as our cue to leave.
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From: pbristow
2010-07-20 21:42 (UTC)
Nanila!!! [HUGE HUG]
Welcome home!

"For my next trick, I shall turn into a National Geographic photographer."

That's not a trick; that's a natural progression. =:o}
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-22 13:49 (UTC)
Thank you! [hugs back]

Oh, I wish that were a natural progression. I think it's more likely that my next incarnation will be something along the lines of "science advocate".
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[User Picture]From: thirdbird
2010-07-20 22:40 (UTC)
So amazing! I hope you post more. I promise not to be bored one bit.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-22 13:51 (UTC)
Okay, I will! I'm still trying to decide how detailed to be. I'm impatient to get to the "awesome safari" bit.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2010-07-20 22:47 (UTC)

run away!

*rawr*

/wow!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-22 13:51 (UTC)
Yeah, once the wind changed direction and they finally smelled us, we left pretty quickly!
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[User Picture]From: feylike
2010-07-21 01:54 (UTC)
welcome back! and that is a wonderful photo. what was the lighting?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-22 13:52 (UTC)
Thank you. The lighting was the headlights of the truck (Mitsubishi Pajero - a really old one).
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-07-23 02:46 (UTC)
...

WOW.

The night that happened and you twittered about it, I was out to dinner with E and the friend of mine who you recently met in London. I showed it around the table. We all stared at each other, wide-eyed and gape-mouthed, envious of and absolutely delighted for you.

Even between the three of us there weren't sufficient words then. There aren't any now.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-23 10:31 (UTC)
She's gorgeous, isn't she?

I'm glad you guys thought it was as awesome as I did. It makes paying my upcoming mobile bill - which I'm not looking forward to - worthwhile!
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