Neon Feathers

A Weaver Looking For Lunch

Weaver, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

When we stopped for lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater, the birds came looking for a free lunch. This male Weaver is perched on the edge of the safari roof of our vehicle. It seemed unconcerned I was taking its picture.  (I think it is a Bertram’s Weaver but I am not positive.)

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At The Market

Cooking Bananas

Bunch of large bananas used for cooking, Darajani Market, Zanzibar, Tanzania

We encountered a variety of types of bananas in Tanzania: red ones, yellow ones, green ones, small ones, big ones. Theses large, starchy bananas (plantains) are used for cooking and are not really edible raw. Bananas are a staple of the Tanzanian diet and one of Zanzibar’s main exports.

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Birds of a Feather

Crowned Cranes

We saw many grey crowned cranes in Kenya and Tanzania. They are native to East Africa and southern Africa. We spotted these in the Ngorongoro Crater.

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A Touch of Fantasia

Maasai Ostrich, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

 

The Eyes Have It

Those Lion Eyes

Two male lions and one lioness in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

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People, People Who Need People

Maasai Villagers

I went to Kenya and Tanzania on a National Geographic Journey with G Adventures tour. G Adventures, a Canadian travel company, supports community development projects in areas in which they do tours. In Tanzania, we visited a village where brick stoves and chimneys were being installed in homes by the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project. Before the installation of the cleans stoves, houses had no ventilation, and all the smoke from the cooking fires stayed inside, causing a variety of health problems. On most of our 14-day journey we were asked not to take pictures of the local people, who do not appreciate the constant cameras of tourists (except at tourist venues such as Maasai culture shows). In the village, however, we were invited to take photographs.

Meriku, the homeowner who was having a stove installed.

Meriku, the lovely woman who was having a stove installed, did not speak English but we connected with my few words of Swahili and her gracious hospitality. She was amazed at the camera on my cell phone. Our tour leader said that most villagers have never seen themselves because they generally don’t have mirrors. That will probably change with the spread of cell phones. We did see herders with phones but don’t know if they were smart phones or basic cell phones.

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