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More Maasai Mara [20100723|08:48]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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So I'm writing up daily entries for the trip, which I'll probably post back-dated. However, I'm terribly impatient and have only just got out of Nairobi and I HAVE to share these RIGHT NOW MMKAY.

The hippos are watching you


We ran into these guys while we were pootling along next to a river in the truck, admiring kingfishers and a pair of Egyptian geese. Three adults and a baby sat mostly submerged in the water, surfacing occasionally to snort at us. Snorting acts as a warning, but is not particularly threatening. If they start showing their teeth, it's time to leave. Baby hippo, third from the front, tried to come forward to show us he wasn't afraid, but got thumped to the back by one of the grown-ups.

I like striped butts and I cannot lie


You can't walk a mile without seeing dozens of zebras in the Mara. They're as ubiquitous as the wildebeest, whose migration they accompany. The two species graze together quite happily, because apparently their grain type consumption is almost completely orthogonal. Although they're common, seeing them never gets old. I mean just look at that colour scheme.

Yes, yes, I know, I'm lean and elegant. Trying to nap here, kthx.


We saw this cheetah and its companion, who couldn't be bothered to lift its head from the shady spot under the tree to check us out, on the same day we saw the lions and the hippos. If it wasn't already obvious from the previous post, it now ranks as one of the most awesome days I've ever had.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2010-07-23 10:16 (UTC)

first...

..and not the last i'm sure i'll say WOW what great photos!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-24 10:16 (UTC)

Re: first...

Thank you very much. I feel quite privileged to have been able to take them.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-07-23 13:28 (UTC)
What great sights to see! And all in one day too! And again, your pix of them came out great!

And my new word of the day is pootling!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-24 10:15 (UTC)
Thank you! It was remarkable. Truly fantastic.

I think you might also like "bimbling". It's akin to pootling, but a little more directionless.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-07-23 14:07 (UTC)
You know those optical illusions where you see a candle stick and two faces or a duck and a rabbit and your brain switches back and forth?

I keep looking at these pictures thinking, "Oh neat. Hippos. I like hippos. [insert other free-association here.]" Then a half a second later, "nanila took these! She was there. She saw these things with her own eyes and has stories to tell about them. These are not just random pictures of wildlife." And it goes back and forth like that.

I am in awe.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-24 10:17 (UTC)
I keep doing that, and I was there. I still can't quite believe how lucky we were.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-07-23 15:51 (UTC)
omg the trees behind the zebras. THEY LOOK JUST LIKE IN THE CARTOONS.

Also holy shit hippos and zebras and a cheetah. Dude.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-24 10:10 (UTC)
I kept having to pat the trees to make sure they were real. Acacias are really prickly, so I was quickly reassured. Also, in pain.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-24 10:14 (UTC)
Aw, thank you for saying so.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-07-24 14:14 (UTC)
Did you get a chance to see any cheetahs running? Again, I am even more jealous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-25 14:41 (UTC)
No, I think they only hunt in the cooler parts of the day - early morning & evening. They spend the hot hours in the shade, resting.
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