2020-09-14: Monochrome Monday

I didn’t find it easy to see Chimanzees in Kibale Forest, or to photograph them. The dark forest and bright skylight mid morning made for some challenging contrast to overcome, but it was absolutely worth it.

Most of the images that I took weren’t great, but I did find a few that I hadn’t previously edited, and a monochrome treatment seemed a perfect solution to highlight these amazing animals in the best way that I can.

2020-09-13: Uganda Revisited

For the last few blog posts, I have been revisiting my journey through Uganda and editing some photos that I passed by the first go around. It’s been wonderful to review these images and relive the memories that I carry of that wonderful journey. Today and tomorrow will be the last of Uganda revisited, and after that, I am going to be moving on to revisiting my time in Kenya.

These images were taken at Queen Elizabeth National Park while staying at Ishasha Wilderness Lodge, along the Kazinga Channel while staying at Mweya Lodge, and in the Kibale Forest, where I stayed at Primate Lodge.

I hope you enjoy!

A yellow throated long claw seen in burnt vegetation along the side of the road, just after coming into Queen Elizabeth Park from Bwindi.
A beautiful sunset while on a game drive from Ishasha Lodge.
A leopard and a topi. This leopard has in fact taken the topi’s small fawn which was why she was standing and looking at the leopard so intensely.
A group of pied kingfisher seen while on a birding boat cruise. The number of pied kingfisher we saw was unbelievable, as they were nesting in the tall sand banks of the channel. They were there by the hundreds.
A woodland kingfisher see along the Kazinga Channel
Traditional boats along the Kazinga Channel.
A red-tailed monkey I spotted while walking around the grounds of Primate Lodge.
A malachite kingfisher seen while on a birding cruise along the Kazinga channel.
Toti the chimp telling our group what he really felt about us (assuming that means the same in chimp language!)

2018-04-22: Wide Angles Project

My wide angles only project took a bit of an unexpected detour this week, into video editing.  I took loads of GoPro stills and video during my 2016 trip to Uganda and Kenya, and never did anything with them.  I think I edited one, possibly two GoPro still images.   Since the GoPro is by design a very wide angle camera, I thought going through my archives to find some still shots might be fun, but it turned out that compiling a video was more compelling.

I’ve created a short video that follows my journey through Uganda; from Kihihi to Bwindi, onto Ishasha, the Kazinga Channel, the Kyambura Gorge, Kibale Forest and then ending in Entebbe.  The still image for the post and the video of the Batwa tribe were shot with my Nikon camera, but the balance was all with the GoPro, generally on a head mount or out the window of a vehicle.  Video is not something I’ve ever spent much time on, but it does provide a good feel for what the areas, and a little glimpse into what the gorilla and chimp treks are like.  Pardon the shakiness at times and awkward head bobbing; when I was with the gorillas I was taking stills with my Nikon while wearing the GoPro on a head mount.

I hope you enjoy this week’s project. I’ll be going through my Kenya videos for next week.

Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead.





2017-05-01: Monochrome Monday

This monochrome Monday is features some of the primate images from my time in Uganda.  Trekking to see gorillas and chimpanzees is a bucket list item for many, and it is something that I would highly recommend.

I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful week.

A young chimpanzee heading towards the fruit at the top of the tree in Kibale National Park.

A young gorilla peers at me from amongst the foliage in Bwindi National Park.

A pair of L’hoests monkeys on the roof of Buhoma Lodge.


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2017-04-01: WPC Dense

The WordPress prompt for this week is Dense.  Rather than post a selfie (ha ha ha), here are some photos from East Africa that fit in with the theme.

A crocodile ensures that a group of wildebeest crossing the Mara River stick very close together in the rush to get out of the water.

A portion of the wildebeest herd tightly packed, waiting to cross the river.

A pod of hippos sunning themselves in a quieter spot along the Mara River.

Wildebeest as far as the eye could see.

A large group of flamingos take flight over the Amboseli Swamp.

A chimpanzee swings through the lush vegetation of the Kibale Forest.

A squacco heron almost disappears amongst the dense vegetation at the side of the Kazinga Channel.

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WPC: Dense

2017-03-26: WPC Green

The WordPress post prompt for this week is “It IS easy being green” and when I saw that, I immediately thought of Uganda.  Many of the places I visited in Uganda were amazingly lush forested areas, with varying tones of green as far as the eye could see.

I hope you enjoy my selection of green images 🙂

A hamerkop fishing at the edge of the Kazinga Channel.  If I had to guess, I’d say it caught a tilapia.

A black and white colobus monkey eyes us from the treetops.  My wonderful guide JP spotted this beauty while driving between Ishasha Wilderness Camp and the Mweya Lodge, overlooking the Kazinga Channel.


One of the pathways through the Kibale Forest, where I searched for chimpanzees.

A young chimpanzee in the treetops, munching on the tiny fruits that were in abundance on that particular tree variety.  Photographing the chimpanzees was even more challenging than the gorillas, and I came away with only a few shots I could use, but memories that will last a lifetime.

A rather sizeable monitor lizard, steps from my tent door at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp.  When I showed this photo to others in my group at lunch, one woman commented she was very glad it had not been outside her tent.

A beautiful vista while heading into the Bwindi region.  Terraced fields growing tea, coffee, bananas and an assortment of other fruits and vegetables.

A L’hoests monkey seen from the deck at Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi.  These monkeys were plentiful in the village, and gorged themselves on the avocados growing on the property.

My first day in Bwindi, I took a village tour and we took a walk into the hills to visit a Batwa village (a pygmy community).  I snapped this shot of the community fields below and plots up the opposite hillside… but mostly I think I was stopped to catch my breath as the walk was very steep and our guide kept a fairly vigorous pace!

And last, but certainly not least, a gorilla sleeping amongst the leaves, in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.


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WPC: Green

2017-02-06: Monochrome Monday

A trio of photos from my time Uganda for this monochrome Monday.

Wishing everyone a fantastic week.

A chimpanzee munches on figs high in the treetops in Kibale National Park.

A huge flock of birds takes to the skies along the Kazinga Channel.

Makara the silverback looking pensive.


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2016-10-17: WPC Quest

If I had a scorecard for successful trekking experiences in Uganda, it would look something like this:

Gorillas treks 2/2

Chimpanzee treks 1/2

Now by successful, I am only meaning that I saw the animal that I intended to when setting out for the trek.  We could define successful in lots of ways though: if success meant coming back safe and having fun, I’d be 2/2 on both of them.

One trek felt like a quest more than the others, and that was the chimpanzee trek through the Kyambura Gorge in Uganda.  You see, with gorilla trekking, trackers go out long before guests to try and find the animals in advance, so you don’t spend loads of time wandering, and the success rate of seeing the gorillas is quite high.  There are no trackers that go out ahead of time for chimpanzee treks, and in Kyambura Gorge, the success rate for seeing chimps is somewhere between 50-60%.

The river at the bottom of Kyambura Gorge.

Lots of spooky looking trees, a few monkeys, but not a chimpanzee to be found that morning.

I don’t recall the name of this tree, but the chimpanzees bang on the bases as a form of communication.

The path looked quite innocent at the start!

Several times I had contemplated giving the gorge trek a miss, as I was worried about the physicality of it, but decided to give it a go anyways.  The gorge itself is around 150m deep, has a river running through it (with hippos) and the pathways along are often steep, muddy and slippery.  On more than one occasion, rather than fall over, I sat down at the top of a hill and slid down the muddy path on my butt!

Sometimes, we walked in the footsteps of elephants!

After the initial decent into the gorge, we crossed a very nice, sturdy bridge over the river to look for the chimps along the other side. And as we walked along the paths, up and down hills, through streams and over fallen trees, we passed several more bridges.  But when our guide declared it was time to return since the chimps weren’t in the area, we were a good two kilometres from the nearest bridge, and so instead, we had to cross the river by crawling along a fallen tree!

The tree I crawled across was pretty much like this one.  Little did I know what was in store for me when I took this photo!

Crossing on the tree wasn’t actually that bad, it was wide and sturdy, and while the bark bruised my knees terribly, I wasn’t scared I was going to slip and fall. But then I reached the other side and learned that to get off the fallen tree, I would have to stand up, bear hug a big branch, and take a step of faith to another tree lower down that was further away than my legs could easily reach… and then finally jump to the riverbank below.  I wish I had photos of all that but even my GoPro was safely packed away in my bag.  I was terrified taking the leap of faith at the end of the tree, but very thankful for the other people in the group that helped me out and walked me through what I needed to do.

I saw chimpanzees the next day at Kibale Forest, but the Kyambura Gorge walk sticks out for me just as much.  As one of my new friends said “You’ll always have a story to tell because of this!”

WPC: Quest

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