A couple of weeks ago, we got back from an incredible adventure in Tanzania. Even though these aren't horse related, I wanted to use the blog as a platform to share some photos and stories from our trip, as I suspect that some of you animal lovers may still appreciate them. Most of the wildlife shots are digital and the rest were shot on film. I bought my first film camera right before this trip, a Nikon F100, and couldn't wait to try it out! Something about shooting on film is so appealing to me. I find myself putting more thought into each frame and really enjoying the process. I can't wait to experiment some more!
Zebras in the Ngorongoro Crater
Solitary Bull drinking water in Ndutu
Migrating Wilderbeast in Ndutu area
Herd of elephants in the lake Manyara
Giraffe crossing in Ngorongoro conservation area
Lion Love in Ndutu
We watched this couple mate as the male's brother waited nearby. Amongst lions, brothers will form coalitions and share their mates, taking turns copulating. Females are slow reproducers and need to copulate up to 3000 times to produce a litter. The brother(s) will stay close to the couple until the male gets tired and cedes his spot to another.
Maasai women welcome us into their camp.
Maasai men performing their traditional Dancing competition called the "adumu".
Nick and our Maasai translator, Lakashi
Maasai women sitting in front of their house.
In Maasai culture, it is the women who are in charge of building the houses. Due to the fact that the Maasai are nomadic, their homes are built to be temporary. They are built form timber, smaller branches, and mixtures of mud, cow dung and human urine.
Portrait of a Maasai woman.
Though they traditionally dressed in animal skins, today, typical Maasai dress consists of red or blue sheets (Shuka), wrapped around the body. Both men and women wear beaded jewelry placed around the neck and arms that vary in color depending on the occasion.
Inside the Maasai Camp's Kindergarten
Young Maasai boys.
We came across these young Maasai boys on our way out of the Ngorongoro crater. Their dress and white painted faces indicate their initiation into manhood. The white paint helps repel evil spirits.
The warrior is of great importance and a source of pride in the Maasai culture. To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the world's last great warrior cultures. From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man and a warrior. The role of a warrior is to protect their animals from human and animal predators and to provide security to their families.
Through rituals and ceremonies, including circumcision, Maasai boys are guided and mentored by their fathers and other elders on how to become a warrior. Although they still live their carefree lives as boys - raiding cattle, chasing young girls, and game hunting - a Maasai boy must also learn all of the cultural practices, customary laws and responsibilities he'll require as an elder.