Tom Kellie

Meru, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Kenya — October, 2014

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Warthogs minding their own business,

Neither skittish nor showing fear,

Deriving their own happiness,

From living together out here.

 

 

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Straight Backs

 

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Lean Flanks

 

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Samburu Warthogs

 

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Surprisingly Fastidious

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When in a setting so scenic,

With hills becoming mountains tall,

The Earth's surface orogenic,

Causes one to feel truly small.

 

 

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Orogenic Relic

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Could it possibly be the eyes,

Which make a lasting impression?

Perhaps the diminutive size,

Balanced with finest precision?

 

 

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All Eyes

 

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Alert

 

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Turned Nostrils

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To live without interruptions,

Not using mobile devices,

Freed from digital disruptions,

Yes, the thought of that entices.

 

 

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Petite Sentinel

 

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Undaunted

 

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Notched Ear

 

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Aware and Ready

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Keeping late hours does take a toll,

Long, drowsy days become the norm.

Lions don't intend to appear droll,

Yet to sleep's demands they conform.

 

 

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It Was Another Sleepless Night

 

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Settle

 

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Endearing

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Low-key is the lions’ watchword.

During lazy afternoon's heat,

An eye may open for a bird.

Their slumber is mostly complete.

 

 

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Trifle Not With Me

 

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Front Paws in Repose

 

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While Others Sleep

 

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Do Not Disturb

 

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Listening While Drowsy

 

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What Makes You Think I Look Like A Puppy?

 

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Subtly Blended Coat Colors

 

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Raggy-Taggy-Sleepyhead

 

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Freedom of Expression

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An afternoon of peaceful dreams,

Leaves one feeling fully refreshed,

Yet all is not quite as it seems,

For hunger hasn't been expressed.

 

 

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After a Long Nap

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It's not easy to lead a pride,

With sisters, cubs and hangers-on.

Troubles never seem to subside,

While wandering hither and yon.

 

 

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Grassland Dweller

 

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Lovely Lioness

 

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Reading the Atmosphere

 

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Time for a Change

 

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Moving Along

 

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Flash of Pink

 

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Pride Leader

 

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Purposeful

 

 

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Beautiful portrait, #1 photo above! 

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Yes I second that.  I really do love a good head shot of a big cat and that lioness above is a beauty.  What wonderful light too.

 

I've caught up with the last few pages and so many wonderful moments, like the racing Grevy's zebras and the weavers' nests (which I find so fascinating!) but that baby elephant won me over!

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Ocean waves are never heard here,

No salty tang is in the air,

Cool sea breezes aren't at all near,

Yet young lions don't really care.

 

 

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Scent-specific

 

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Early Evening Yawn

 

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Far From the Sea

 

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Giddyap

 

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Lion Spots

 

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Well-groomed Country Critter

 

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No Existing Preconditions

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I spent the better part of this evening catching up to this thread. I restrained myself from "liking" everything, lest you be inundated with notifications from posts you made months ago.


I enjoyed seeing the Doha airport again (after passing through last month - took a long nap near the "Copper Playground") and of course your meal to kick things off. The various shots of the Kenyan countryside and local life have differentiated this trip and made it stand out. I would very much like to visit the King Kong Shop.

 

Wildlife-wise, the bee-eater in flight, the various kudu, and the treetop vervets all deserve special mention. Your eye for detail has certainly not waned in the time since I've last read one of your TRs!

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A long journey on a hot day,

Mostly spent snoozing in cool shade,

Too young to hunt, too old to play,

Calm, confident and unafraid.

 

 

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Everyone Gets in the Act

 

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Lean Little Lion

 

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Just Passing Through

 

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Within the Pride

 

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Graceful Dynamics

 

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Undeterred

 

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Slouching Towards Sunset

 

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Double Whorl

 

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Footfall

 

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Gilded Dusk

 

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Sincerity Becomes a Lion

 

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Moving Right Along

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Love those lions!!  So hard to sit here and NOT book a safari seeing photos as good as these!! 

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Excellent report and photos. Your report leaves me feeling like I've been there,...not just the seeing the animals, but driving through rural Kenya....enjoyed the background info and images.....Thanks!

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