Author Archives: afreelancewriter

Landscapes of Tanzania

A few notes before you wander through the images. Arranged by Ray Kelso, founder and director of the Pleistocene Foundation in Ridgecrest, California, the safari started out from Arusha, Tanzania, in three Toyota Land Cruisers. The pictures are in no particular order. With a few hardly noticeable exceptions they were taken either in the Ngorongoro […]

Road Trip – 07/27/19 – Day 2

Spent last night in St. George, Utah, courtesy of Jenn and Curtis Peters Drove to Enoch, Utah, and picked up Kaiya and Delilah. These two young girls (ages 11 and 7, maybe) are De’s unofficial grandaughters. They will be our companions for this adventure. Our goal for the day was to make it to the […]

Road Trip – 07/26/19 – Day 1

Headed for Las Vegas, Nevada, from my home in Ridgecrest, California, to pick up my daughter DeAnne, our destination Salt Lake City, Utah. With lots of time to spare I decided to abandon the freeways and motor across the Mojave National Preserve. North and east of Barstow, California, I turned off Interstate-40 onto Kelbaker Road. […]

Then the Ground Shook!

Bill Haley and His Comets were one of the early Rock Bands. In 1969, they came out with a song that stayed Number One on the Hit Parade charts for weeks — “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.” Fast forward half a century. It was 10:03 AM, July 4, 2019, that I felt the first little jiggle […]

Going to Charlotte — An Epic Travel Misadventure

First, some background. Last year Geoff and I agreed that rather than another SCUBA adventure we would spend our nickels this year on a trip to the night races at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Our itinerary was to fly in and out of Las Vegas (LAS) rather than Los Angeles (LAX), in either case […]

June 22

Thorny Subject

According to Britannica.com [https://www.britannica.com/plant/acacia] “…about 160 species of trees and shrubs…” make up the acacia family. Peter, one of Tembo Adventures professional guides, told me sixty different species can be found in Tanzania…., or was that all of Africa. In any case, during our several drives Peter pointed out and named several. I’ve picked three […]

Kopjes on the Serengeti Plains

                 One of the interesting features of the 30,000 square kilometers of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania are the myriad kopje (pronounced “copy” or copies{pl]). I took this photo from the window of a Cessna Caravan as we were leaving on our last day of a string of kopjes that we drove by the […]

June 13

Birds of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania, East Africa.

  I’d like to start by giving credit to Raymond Kelso and Diane Foucher of the Pleistocene Society and all the staff of Tembo Adventure and Safari, Ltd., for the enormous amount of work they put into a great photo safari in Tanzania, Africa. Lions, Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelles, Landscapes, Flowers, Cheetahs, Dung-Beetles, and Birds are just some of […]

Sunspot

On February 11, 2018, I captured the basic images (a sequence of 15) of Sunspot #AR2699 for this composite. Mounted on a Manfrotto tripod the equipment included a Canon EOS 60D using 400mm, ND1600 filter, ISO-100, f25, 1/160sec.  I used RegiStax6 to stack 11 images, then enhanced the result with Photoshop CC to produce the inset. Sunspot […]

October 31

On the Range

While I was cleaning two guns after shooting a box of ammo through each a few days ago, I remembered competition shooting in San Diego. I was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 1957-58. I volunteered for and qualified as a member of the MCRD Pistol Team. As long as I did my […]