The Incomparable Ngorongoro Crater

November 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Ngorongoro Crater!

 

At over 10 miles across and 2500 feet deep, the crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  What does that mean to a photographer like me?  Well, for one it means the best backdrop for wildlife to be found anywhere in Africa as far as I am concerned.  There is nothing like looking thru the viewfinder and seeing a group of wildebeest, elephants, cape buffalo or...  ...well, just about any wildlife and having the walls of the crater sweep up behind them.  So it was with this small herd of wildebeest.  The depth of the image is enhanced by the herd of cape buffalo grazing in the distance on the left followed by the incredible rising walls of the crater with mottled lighting from the clouds.  I knew when I saw this image it would be one of my favorites.  There other things special about shooting in the crater.  The light is so varied but almost always clear and ethereal, otherworldly and timeless.  I suppose it is the timelessness of East Africa that makes it so special for me.  Every trip to Tanzania I grow more fond of the crater and its hold on me.  At times, it seems crowded and abused but still special.  We make it a point to be at the entrance every morning WHEN it opens, not sitting in the lodge sipping coffee.  Most morning we have breakfast down in the crater, standing around the hood of the vehicles sipping great coffee and eating the special breakfast meals prepared by the lodge.  In the distance animals can be seen roaming and grazing, attending to their duties as inhabitants of this special place!  Yes, it has a strong hold on me and is what makes Tanzania a special place, every trip...


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