The Mara

The Maasai Mara (known familiarly as “The Mara”) is the Kenyan side of the great savannah that occupies eastern equatorial Africa. To the south in Tanzania this vast grassland is called the Serengeti. This is where the “Great Migration” takes place as a million wildebeests (gnus) follow fresh grasses in their yearly cycle in search of food. Of course the wildebeests themselves are a food source for predators. There is a constant drama of life and death, predator and prey, and ultimately, survival on the Mara.

This red sunrise was a quintessential August morning scene. It looks hot but it’s surprisingly quite chilly. The days were 10 to 30 degrees cooler than temperatures in Southern California. The red sunrises and sunsets, I think, are a result of dust in the atmosphere. Whatever the cause, it was always beautiful!

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