Torra Conservancy
       
     
Kelp Gulls
       
     
Elephants and Poaching
       
     
Angolan Giraffe in Etosha National Park
       
     
School's Out
       
     
Water Scarcity
       
     
Joy
       
     
Water Taxi
       
     
Shoebill
       
     
Olive Baboons
       
     
African Elephant
       
     
Cure for Claustrophobia
       
     
Deadvlei
       
     
Milky Way Over the Fynbos
       
     
A Sunset Walk
       
     
Elim Dunes
       
     
Torra Conservancy
       
     
Torra Conservancy

Sundowners west of Khorixas, Namibia

Kelp Gulls
       
     
Kelp Gulls

Soaring with a flock of gulls over the aquamarine waters of South Africa’s southern coast.

Elephants and Poaching
       
     
Elephants and Poaching

Poaching has long been a problem in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. As recently as the early 1970s, 20,000+ elephants are thought to have roamed the area. By the mid-1990s, the number had dropped to less than 300. This old girl had gotten her trunk caught in a poacher’s snare, eventually amputating the end of it.

Angolan Giraffe in Etosha National Park
       
     
Angolan Giraffe in Etosha National Park

Where DO you get your lashes done? An Angolan Giraffe browses in the eastern portion of Namibia's Etosha National Park. Despite their long necks, giraffes have the same number of cervical vertebrae as most other mammals, including humans, seven.

School's Out
       
     
School's Out

A group of school boys ferries across the White Nile. Paraa, Uganda.

Water Scarcity
       
     
Water Scarcity

A young girl prepares to wash clothes along the edge of Uganda's Lugogo River. Average per capita water consumption in Uganda is about 15 liters per day. (Per capita water consumption in the U.S., by comparison, is nearly 600 liters per day.) Even this small requirement demands that many women and children must spend hours each day acquiring and transporting water, often on foot over distances of many kilometers. This is just to meet basic requirements for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. This can have widespread effects on childrens' attendance at school, as well as their ability to devote time after school to studying. The long-term impacts on Uganda's future generations is enormous...

Joy
       
     
Joy

It doesn't matter where you're from, what color your skin happens to be, or how much money you have. Joy and wonder are human capacities everywhere. Lugogo Swamp, Uganda.

Water Taxi
       
     
Water Taxi

For families living on the southwestern shore of Uganda's Lugogo River, crossing to the northern side can mean a trip of 60 miles or more by road. A steady stream of water taxis provides an alternative. Each round trip requires poling a distance of nearly two miles, laden with men in business suits, families of four, or entire motorcycles.

Shoebill
       
     
Shoebill

The Shoebill is massive, standing as much as five feet tall. There’s a fairly limited number of places they can be seen running in a narrow strip from South Sudan through Uganda, the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania to end at the Bangweulu Swamp in northern Zambia. None of them are particularly easy to get to. Lugogo Swamp, Uganda.

Olive Baboons
       
     
Olive Baboons

A troop of olive baboons basks in the relative airiness of a forest road. After driving for an afternoon through thick jungle, you can begin to see how they might crave a little vitamin D.

Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda.

African Elephant
       
     
African Elephant

Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.

Cure for Claustrophobia
       
     
Cure for Claustrophobia

Need to regain a since of humility? This is your place.

Deadvlei
       
     
Deadvlei

The ancient camel thorn trees of Deadvlei are thought to have died in the 1300's when the climate shifted and 1,000 foot tall red dunes diverted the path of the Tsauchab River a couple of kilometers to the north. The desiccated limbs of the camel thorns have stood motionless, pointing skyward ever since. Europeans had yet to colonize the Americas at that point, and the Ming Dynasty was just beginning in China. I wonder if we'll still be around in another 700 years... Hopefully the trees still will be. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

Milky Way Over the Fynbos
       
     
Milky Way Over the Fynbos

The Fynbos of South Africa's Western Cape, a region one-sixth the size of Colorado, are home to more than 9,000 species of plants, 6,000 of which are endemic. They're also stunningly beautiful. Here, stars are sprinkled across a midnight sky in the hill country north of Botrivier.

A Sunset Walk
       
     
A Sunset Walk

A narrow trail leads into the Fynbos. Near Botrivier, South Africa.

Elim Dunes
       
     
Elim Dunes

A gemsbok trail leads off into the scant shade of a camel thorn tree. I know, … the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but apparently the heat makes 'em a little woozy. Namib Desert.