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The Talented Craftsmen

On a recent visit to Kenya, we had the good fortune of being able to visit one of the local handicrafts market, thanks to the efforts and planning of a very good friend. ” You would really like the place” is what she said; what she did not mention was the fact that we would be totally overwhelmed by the sheer talent that these people had!


Seated all over the place under the shade of a few trees, we were treated to some of the most creative craft work that we had seen. There were brightly colored clothes, dazzling prints, work with beads of different colors – this included chains, necklaces, bangles, pendants, earrings, bracelets, headbands, keychains and many many more items, the list just went on and on.


Next up was the lady with the metal work….so many items, so intricately planned and finished, and neatly displayed. From animals. to busts, to full sculptures, wall hangings, frames, necklaces..almost everything decorative that we could think of was available, and a fair share of it was made from simple pieces of metal and wire cleverly tied or interlinked with one another.


At the Gourd stall, we just stood and stared. There really was’nt anything else to do. The extent of creativity and craftsmanship was quite evident from the items that were on display. There were gourds of different sizes and shapes, with different artwork and patterns on them, all featuring stories of the African plains and the life of the people in and around those areas.

The Gourd Lady 1

There was also some very solid wood furniture available, the sofas, chairs and tables being exclusively handcrafted, The designs were as creative as one could imagine. Probably the biggest issue one would have in the todays world would be to accommodate the furniture in the smaller modern houses.


We could probably have spent the next two days at the same place, there was just so much to see. The people were friendly and took the time explaining to us the work and method involved in the production of their products. The next time we go here, we intend to find out more about how these items are actually made, and if possible get a hands on visit to the place where these talented artisans are.



A Busy Shoreline

It was just turning bright and so we decided to take a walk to the beach and along the seashore. We were not expecting to find anything interesting, but being the shutterbugs that we are, took the cameras along. And it was good that we did…the place was buzzing with activity. From people swimming, jogging, doing yoga, playing football etc…we seemed to be the lazy ones out there.

What however caught our eyes were the local fishermen. From surveying the waters, to casting their nets, collecting the fish, and repeating the process till they had a large enough catch, it was a treat to be there with them.


A careful inspection of the water and the tide gives them an indication as to where and when the nets should be cast to have the chance of catching some fish.


Each fisherman seemed to have his own style in casting the net, in some cases, like above, this was a low underarm swing.


This mans approach was different. The net was twirled around the body once, then cast from over the head.


Time to haul in the nets, and inspect the catch (if any)


This was the boring part….after each cast, the nets had to be cleaned of debris, and folded into position again before the next attempt.


And then there were some who cast their nets from the boats…

The pictures have been posted in monochrome because it relates more to the situation these fishermen face. Most days the skies, (and hence the water) is void of color when they fish; giving them more of a monotonous and bored impression.

Small and Beautiful

Summer is here! All you have to do is to go out into a park or deserted area and if you pause for a while and allow your eyes adjust to the space around you,  you will start noticing flies, insects, ants and a whole lot more moving around the place. But have you actually taken a good look at these “Creatures”?


They are exquisitely created in form, colour and size; and are born with the will to survive. I do believe that they have been the source of inspiration for the “Aliens” that have been created in the sci-fi movies of the recent past.


From the common house fly to the tiny butterflies,  from the bees that carry pollen from one flower to the other in search of honey, to the busy ants….they are all on a mission….they need to collect enough food for the day to grow, survive and later on pass their genes to the next generation.


We do’nt always see the beauty in these tiny creatures for a couple of reasons….firstly, we consider ourselves superior and busy, and do not spare them a thought, – especially if it means we have to go out in the heat to look for them; and secondly, they are so small that unless you actually make the effort to find them, and inspect them closely, you never really get to see the great level of perfection and detail that each one of them possess.


Although they are found almost all year round, probably the best time to find them is during the spring/summer months. Mornings are generally the best time, this is when activity is at its highest.


Take a few minutes each time you pass by some flowers or tall grass, look for them……you will not be disappointed.





Africa…….at last!!


After so many years of watching National Geography, it was finally a bit difficult to accept the fact that we were actually in the Masai Mara. Hundreds of different images kept flashing through our minds as our vehicle slowly made its way past the animals, most of them oblivious to the fact that we were there.


We did get a few inquisitive stares from some of the inhabitants of the grasslands, but then that was to be expected. The Zebra’s, one of the most commonly sighted animals on the plains (we soon found that out) were definitely amused with us.


This young giraffe also seemed to think the same. He actually stopped his feeding just to give us a stare which told us that we should move on and not keep watching him.IMG_0329a

Then came the Topi, but hey, we were getting better at watching the animals, and not showing too much excitement, because the warthogs that flanked the antelope showed little or no interest in us…they just continued feeding their faces.

“Caution…we are now getting close to the Hippo’s, they are very dangerous animals”  said our guide….this was the scene that met our eyes..


These guys were in a state of bliss….looked like they could go on sleeping like that for another 2 days. There was no way we were going to disturb them!

But yes, there was one little guy who did not take to us at all…for some reason he was hell bent on chasing us away from there. He would take 3 steps forward, and 3 backward; just kept pretending to frighten us away…he  kept it up for a while and then just got tired of his little game.


We cannot really begin to describe the emotions that went through us as we watched the animals, looked for new ones, understood their habits and behavioral patterns. Our eyes kept searching the horizons for more, and our fingers kept clicking.

But enough for now, join us later as we continue our drive through the Masai Mara….

Camel Race Day


Its arrived!! At long last it is the season for racing. After having trained for close to a year, the camels get their chance to prove themselves.Those who have arrived early are relaxing, its warm, and they know that they will need all their energy for later on, once the racing starts. Others are arriving, all excited, and happy that the time has finally arrived.


For some of the others, its just a normal day in the desert…..But wait, these are the ones on sale..once the races are over, many of the traders and owners of other camels will come here to inspect them and see if they will fit into, and benefit the herds that they already have.


Back on the race-track, its not yet time for the races to start, and there are some that have come just to add a bit of flavor to the races. They do a leisurely lap on one of the tracks,  as if sampling what it would be like to race on it some day.


OK, things are warming up now, suddenly the place has turned very active and businesslike. Announcements are made, and the herders start moving the camels towards the start pits. It is interesting to watch, because the animals are nervous, and anxious to get it over and done…slowly and reluctantly, they all make their ways through the gates and towards the start line.


After a lot of coaxing and pushing, the camels are finally in their places and are waiting for the barrier to be raised in order to display their prowess and speed achieved over the past year.


And then, without any warning the barrier is raised, and they are off……..


It is a spectacle well worth watching. The dedication shown by the herders, the love between the owners and their animals, the entire festival with traditional tents, cultural dances and campfires, it is almost too good to be true. If you are ever in the Middle East during Camel Festival time (it generally happens between December and March), this is one event that you should witness.



A Drive Into Nature

Panorama 2a1 Before the weather changed, we wanted to do one more road trip, so we decided to drive to the top of Jebel Jais mountains. We were not too sure of what to expect there, but nature had a surprise in store for us.

IMG_0977 Across the vast expanse of mountains, and along the very dusty and winding roads…it was a different world altogether.


Every now and then the terrain changed, giving us diverse views of the mountains and the surroundings areas.


We spent the whole morning just soaking in nature and the beauty that surrounded us, before finally returning to the base of the mountain range where we had started from.

Walking the Streets

Wheels for you

You just never know what you can come across while taking a walk on the streets, and I guess that is what makes street photography so interesting. The trick to being successful with street photography is to carry with you a camera that is not too obtrusive or conspicuous. People are generally more relaxed and at ease when they see you with a small camera..they do’nt mind your being there. Just remember to be respectful and polite.


And quite often they are even happy to pose for you…..just talk to them, ask for their permission to take their picture, and you walk away as happy and satisfied as they are.


Keep looking around for things of interest, and you will find them. Very often we pass people or things that we take for granted……spend a moment to observe, take the scene in, and make your picture.  These guys were having a hard day at work, and just continued doing what they were doing…

Quick Fix

And then at times we get a bit lucky, and are rewarded with things that are not too commonly seen on the street; – like this father taking his children for a ride on the elephant.



At the Desert


It is always an adventure going to the desert…..the very thought of being able to be there with the huge sand dunes, experience the strong wind blowing, listen to the sounds of nature, and have life slow down a bit ….the experience is soothing and rather priceless!!

Firstly you have absolutely no idea what you will encounter, there is always something happening there, you just have to be able to find it.


The Camel herders are perhaps one of the more common sights that you will come across as you start venturing into the desert.  Being able to capture a picture of them just waking their herd of Camel, or against the backdrop of the large dunes is very satisfying, (although it would be a whole lot better of there were’nt so many tyre tracks on the dunes…that’s man announcing his presence there too).

SONY DSCSome others prefer to watch the sun go down with a birds eye view of the desert. It does make for some spectacular viewing, and must have been as challenging for them to make the trip up there (and down later on in the dark), as it would be satisfying for them to just sit there and watch the sun sink into the golden dunes.


The light slowly slips away, another day has passed. Its time to bid farewell to these dunes, and get ready for the long drive back home.


“One FC” comes to Dubai


The First “One FC” took place in Dubai last Friday, and being able to be there and cover the event was an experience that was not to be missed. A very special thanks to #JustinNG for this great opportunity.


Featuring 3 huge World Championship Title Fights and 6 other fights, this event was the largest event for Mixed Martial Arts to be held in Dubai.

With an audience of over 5000 to witness this event, the evening was a buzz of activity and noise. The pretty ring girls added to the excitement as they went round the “cage” announcing the rounds.


The contenders caused a lot of excitement and an adrenaline rush as they walked into the arena where they changed up, and after being checked by the officials, entered the cage. This image of James McSweeney is just one of the views of the fighters.


Two of the reigning World Champions lost their crowns to the contenders, while Shinya Aoki was the only one who retained his title.


Taking these images were not easy, there was very limited and erratic light, lots of smoke and the fighters kept moving around in the cage rather quickly. Added to that was the fact that we we unable to get close to the ring…we had no access,  the limited spots near the ring were already given to others. But it was a huge opportunity,and we grabbed it, and were determined to make the best of it…its not always that you get a chance to cover an event like this.

An Architectural Jewel


For an absolute treat in architecture and photography, make a trip down to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and spend the day visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. This is arguably one of the most beautiful, and exquisite, religious structures of recent times.

The best time to go would be between October and April as the weather would be good. You need to take this into consideration, because you can do as much photography inside the mosque as you could outside. Photographing this structure is a challenge, from the sheer magnitude, to the grandeur, and the crowds that come there to visit.


The columns create a mesmerizing effect, and if you get a few people in the frame, it becomes all the more interesting. If you are really lucky, and you have some clouds in the sky, then the entire appearance of the courtyard changes, it helps to accentuate the tall minarets and the beautiful floral designs on the floor. Getting down as low as possible and using a wide angle lens further emphasizes this.


The domes are beautiful. They keep having different effects on the viewer, depending on the time of day that you look at them. At night, the lighting on the domes is set to create the phases of the moon. You must stay till after dark to get an entirely different view of this mosque.


Once inside the mosque, its like stepping into another world. It takes a few minutes for you to fully comprehend the grandeur and magnificence that the interior exhibits. There is so much to see, so much to take in…you can easily spend a whole day inside the mosque.


Before you leave, and while there is still light, take some time to travel to spots around the mosque,and try and get the entire mosque in a single frame. It is a picture that you will always treasure as structures like this are rare jewels in the world of architecture.

IMG_8113For more information on the mosque, the visit timings and how to get there, please check this link

We hope you do make the visit, and have a lovely time making your pictures. We have been there a few times, but still get amazed every time we visit.