Taking The Broad View ~ Mara Grasslands

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In the rainless months it is the oat grass that gives the Mara plains their golden hue. The small trees with their sculpted looks are desert dates, mulului trees, much browsed by all the local herbivores.

These photos from the Farrellsโ€™ old Africa album were taken outside the main Maasai Mara National Park, below the Oloololo Escarpment on territory owned by related Maasai families, locally referred to as a group ranch. Visitors pay a daily fee to group ranch elders. We were lucky to be able to make three trips there while living in Kenya.



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lions wide Mara 30

mulului trees Mara 14

Life in Colour: Gold

Lens-Artists: Going wide

46 thoughts on “Taking The Broad View ~ Mara Grasslands

  1. I have been delighted to watch the Serengeti programme on TV at the moment, Africa is so beautiful and its wildlife is under such stressful times, not to mention from each other!

    1. Ooh, a new blog. I’ve not been keeping up – what with the tomato mountain (so yes to your question re harvest busyness). Many thanks for the link. I’m going there now.

    1. The homeland in our DNA, James?! And yes, it never fails, does it. I wish I could beam myself back there for a spell. I miss the scents for one thing – not just the vistas.

  2. How wonderful! I especially like the photo of the zebras as it gives such a good sense of the height of the grass ๐Ÿ™‚ But all are great – I love these wide open African skies!!

  3. I always love your Africa shots, and stories. Perhaps because you got to see an Africa that most people don’t, and perhaps also because it was so long ago – there’s such an old world timeless wonderfully pre-instagram sense about them.

    1. As time goes on, I do wonder if we were ever there. The drivers at the camp where we stayed always took us out around sun-up or sun-down and that tends to make for the dreamy light in the photos. When I took the pic of the young Maasai moran, we’d just been having an early morning picnic breakfast under a mulului tree, and he and his chum came to watch us. We shared of course, but not a word did they utter. It was a bit like being in a play.

    1. Thanks for the comments, and for sharing your very thoughtful poem. The view of things – how we interpret the world – never was that a more pertinent area for scrutiny.

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